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April is “National Autism Awareness Month

"Know that autism is a complex developmental disability affecting 1 in every 68 births in the U.S.  Although children don’t ‘outgrow’ autism, early intervention leads to significantly improved outcomes.

 
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April 2

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
 
April 4
 
Hearing Voices Network, a time and place to talk about hearing voices, without fear or judgment.  Mutual support, friendship and exploring your experiences.  Every Wednesday, 12:30pm.  Our Place Drop-In, 12285 Dixie St., Redford 48239; www.hearingvoicesusa.org
 
April 5
 
Phoenix Friendship House 13th Anniversary, show “Taking the Sting Out of Stigma by Changing the Language,” and lunch.  11am.  Phoenix Friendship House, 24006 John R, Hamtramck, 48203.  Call Thea for details at 313 961-5900
 
April 5
 
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 
 
April 6
 
Friday Intensive For Peers, peer mentors, parent support partners, youth advocates and you; featuring special guest Willie Brooks, President and CEO of DWMHA.  Learn about trends and issues impacting delivery of mental health services; 830am-430pm; Free; Northeast Guidance Center, 2900 Conner, Detroit 48215; RSVP to Monique at 313 344-9099 extension 3281
 
April 6
 
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
 
April 9-13
 
Peer Support Certification Training, for peers who are employed and would like to become certified peer specialists.  Must be approved for training by your employer.  Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 2107 Chicago, Detroit 48208. For questions and applications contact: skuhlman@dwmha.com
 
April 11
 
Kids-TALK 8th Annual Poetry Slam, young poets speaking out for those affected by trauma.  Free, 4:30pm-close.  Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201.  Free parking behind building.  Info: call Lacea Zavala 734 785-7705 extension 7291
 
April 14
 
NAMI Metro Support Group, every 2nd Saturday of each month. 12:30pm-3pm; Sacred Heart Activities Building, 3451 Rivard Detroit 48207 (Eastern Market area, I-75 & Mack).  Call Zoe Williams 313 784-9391
 
April 14
 
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
 
April 17
 
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
 
April 18
 
Hearing Voices Network, a time and place to talk about hearing voices, without fear or judgment.  Mutual support, friendship and exploring your experiences.  Every Wednesday, 12:30pm.  Our Place Drop-In, 12285 Dixie St., Redford 48239; www.hearingvoicesusa.org
 
 
April 19
 
Self-Advocacy 101, become a strong self-advocate, learn how your story can change lives. Free lunch for those who register. 10am-2pm; Lincoln Behavior Services, 9315 Telegraph Road, Redford 48239.  Register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/R/Detroit101 Questions: call Blake 734 796-5460
 
April 19
 
Persons Points of View Newsletter Meeting, all writers requested to attend the newsletter ‘think session’ to prepare for the spring edition.  Peer-run, peer-written and all ideas are welcome.  11am-12 noon.  At the Authority, room #118,  707 W. Milwaukee St., Detroit 48202
 
April 19
 
Dementia & Legal Concerns, lunch ‘n’ learn to find what documents are needed to be a caregiver.  Free; 1130am-1pm.  Trinity Church East, 2760 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit 48211.  To RSVP, leave a message at 248 509-4357
April 19
 
Downriver FAN (Families Against Narcotics) Meeting, join the group to learn about the tragedies suffered and the journey required to reach recovery.  Panel discussion and light refreshments. 630pm; Turning Point Clubhouse, 1605 Fort Street, Lincoln Park, 48146
 
April 19
 
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
 
April 20
 
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
 
April 21
 
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
  
April 21
 
Autism-Friendly Movie, hosted by Centria Autism Services, “Ready Player One,” a comfortable movie-going experience for children with Autism.  Normal matinee pricing applies.  1030am-1230pm; Emagine Theatre, 44425 West 12 Mile Road, Novi 48377.  Visit www.AutismFriendlyMovies.com
 
April 30
 
Tri-County Peer Connect, open to anyone receiving services in the tri-county area.  Learn about career planning, employment, starting a business.  830am-noon. Breakfast included.  Oakland Community Health Network, 5505 Corporate Drive, Troy 48098. Free, but registration required at www.oaklandchn.org and then ‘training link.’
  
May 2
 
2018 Walk a Mile In My Shoes Rally, the annual celebration to bring awareness to mental health services, as a part of whole health, and the need for increased funding to meet those needs.  Lansing Capitol Building. [Download flyer]
 
May 3
 
Northeast Guidance Annual Stigma Forum, “Opiates: Wonder Drugs in the Wonder Years,” focusing on the opioid epidemic affecting children and adolescents.  Guest speakers including Ken Daniels, play-by-play announcer of the Detroit Red Wings.  5pm-730pm; Salvation Army, 3000 Conner, Detroit 48215. Free, but RSVP required: scommon@neguidance.org or 313 308-1416
 
May 7
 
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
 
May 12
 
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
 
May 12
 
NAMI Metro Support Group, every 2nd Saturday of each month. 12:30pm-3pm; Sacred Heart Activities Building, 3451 Rivard Detroit 48207 (Eastern Market area, I-75 & Mack).  Call Zoe Williams 313 784-9391
 
May 22-24
 
Annual Peer Conference:  “Connections Matter,” educational experiences for peers and Peer Specialists in understanding mental health and improving the quality of life!  Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, 48933.  Open to anyone interested in mental health. Details coming soon.
 
May 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; The Gathering Place Clubhouse, 24425 Plymouth Rd., Redford, 48239
 
June 23
 
“Dreams Come True” Variety Show, a chance for peers to show off their talents before an appreciative audience.  3pm-8pm; tickets $5. In advance, $7 at the door.  Auditions: http://form.jotform.com/81018026687155. Further details coming up!
 
July 19
 
DWMHA Faith Based Conference, covering subjects as substance abuse treatment, recovery, suicide prevention and whole health advocacy.  8am-4pm.  Watch for details
 
 September 22
 
NAMI 5K Walk, rally to support mental health services across Michigan and the U.S.  Belle Isle, check in begins 8am, with walk beginning at 10am.  Details upcoming

 

 
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  *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:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nw74v0_BeA
 
  *Peer Mentor:  
       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJv4bZkJrac
 
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