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October is “National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Celebrating the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down’s syndrome,
 the most common genetic condition.  Down’s syndrome occurs when a person
 has a full or partial copy of chromosome 21

October 18
“Intelligent Lives” Documentary, film following 3 young adults with intellectual disabilities as they navigate through education and the workforce, challenging perceptions of intelligence.  Seating begins at 5:30pm.  Wayne State U., McGregor Conference Center, 450 Reuther Mall, Detroit 48202.  Free; RSVP:, then go to Calendar, October 2018
October 18
Wellness Self-Management, all about mental health, recovery, barriers and how to overcome them.  Wellness conversation in a friendly informal setting.  Every Thursday from noon to 1pm.  Our Place Drop in Center, 12285 Dixie St., Redford 48239.  Info call 313 543-3393
October 19
DBSA (Depression & Bipolar Alliance) meeting the first and third Friday of each month to discuss issues and steps toward Recovery, 6pm-730pm; Our Place Drop-In Center, 12285 Dixie Street, Redford 48239; call 313 543-3393 for information
October 19
Constituents Voice Meeting, members and guests welcome to meet and make recommendations for programs and improvements in the Detroit-Wayne mental health system.  10am-12 noon.  At the Authority, 707 W. Milwaukee Street, Detroit 48202
October 19
Election of Michigan Candidates Forum, focusing on the issues of persons with disabilities and seniors; 10am-1pm; Considine-Little Rock Family Life Center, 8904 Woodward, Detroit 48202.   RSVP Paul Johnson 313 923-1655
October 20
Centria Autism-Friendly Movie, “Goosebumps,” comfortable movie-going experience for children with autism and their families.  Emagine theaters in Novi, Canton and other locations.  10:30am; for more information:, then click EVENTS
October 20
Human Trafficking “Walk for Freedom,” worldwide campaign to abolish modern-day slavery. 5K walking fundraiser in Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Windsor and other for details

October 26

“Reaching for the Stars” Banquet and Award Night, a dressy night to celebrate everyone’s special talents. Dinner & dancing. Free to those receiving services in Detroit-Wayne. 4pm-8pm; Nothing to wear? Ask about the “Clothes Closet.” Free. Fellowship Chapel, 7707 W. Outer Drive, Detroit 48235. Questions, call Monique: 313 344-9099 extension 3281

October 31

EVOLVE, an opportunity for people receiving mental health services to engage, equip and empower themselves with a hands-on approach to their treatment and their lives:Open to anyone receiving services in the tri-county area; 11am-130pm; location TBD. Questions:
November 5
NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group, new chapter meeting every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, building better lives for Americans affected by mental illness. 6pm-730pm; Beaumont-Taylor Hospital, 10000 Telegraph Rd., Taylor 48180.
November 5
NAMI Eastside Support Group, an informal meeting to network and discuss mental health issues and supports, and innovative steps toward recovery. Each month, the 1st & 3rd Mondays, all meetings at 7pm. Henry Ford Cottage Hospital, 159 Kercheval Grosse Pointe Farms; contact Barb 313 886-8004
November 5-9
Peer Support Regional Certification Training, an opportunity for Peers who are performing paid Peer Support work to increase their skills and knowledge and become a Certified Peer Specialist. At Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Must be employed at the time of filling out the application. Any questions email
November 10

Family Health Clinic, every 2nd Saturday of each month.  Free dental services, blood work, free healthy food items. 10am-4pm; Islamic Institute of Knowledge, 6345 Schaefer Road, Dearborn 48126

November 14

Tri-County Peers Connect, networking and educational opportunity, featuring specialists on Human Trafficking and Trauma Informed Care.  For peers who help peers.  8am-12 noon; Oakland County Health Network, 5505 Corporate Drive, Troy 48098. RSVP to Beth Jacobs 248 858-1795

November 14

Fatherhood: Let’s Talk About It! Learn to work through life’s challenges as a father. Open to all men who are caregivers for young children—not just dads! Resources and supports. Free. 6pm-8pm; Wayne County Community College, conference room #1, 21000 Northline Road, Taylor 48180. Call Jane 734 785-7705 ext. 7369. Sponsored by the Guidance Center

December 20

Youth MOVE Detroit Advisory Council, for ages 14-25. Help make suggestions and decisions that impact services provided youth in Detroit and Wayne County. Training opportunities; Free. Today and every 3rd Tuesday; 5pm-630pm; Children’s Center, 79 West Alexandrine, Detroit 48201

December 7

Persons Points of View Newsletter Meeting, be a part of a creative group of writers who share ideas and produce the next peer-run newsletter.  Beginners and experienced writers welcome. 11am-noon. At the Authority, 707 W. Milwaukee, Room #118, Detroit 48202

  *Take time to visit these links and see how DWMHA is working with members
to instill confidence and help make dreams a reality:
  *Community Inclusion Fund: Knitting Together Dreams:
  *Peer Mentor: