President’s Message

Greetings to each of you during this beautiful holiday season! We are excited that all our kids and grandkids will be with us this year. In fact, they are on the way as I write this note, so I have to get it done now or it wouldn’t be finished until next week. 2014 was a great year for NAMI Wichita. We won the award for Affiliate of the Year at the State Convention which was held in Wichita in October. Two Family to Family classes, Peer to Peer and Basics classes were offered, so family members and those living with a mental illness had several opportunities to attend classes that suited their own personal needs. We are also thankful to have a Connections group, a Family Support Group and Share and Care once each month as well. Two of our members attended the National Convention in Washington, D.C. and came back with a great report from there. We also have dedicated members who share their “In Your Own Voice” presentation to appreciative audiences. There are also table displays set up at various events during the year, and many more things that our members do to inform the public about what NAMI offers. In the next few months, there will be more classes offered (see note on the next page). In March, we hope many of you will join us in Topeka for Mental Health Advocacy Day to speak personally to your own legislators. As we look to the New Year, we are thankful for renewed opportunities for support, education and advocacy for all those we love who live with a severe and persistent mental illness.

Janet Brumbaugh, NAMI Wichita President

Candlelight Ceremony

Join us Sunday, October 5th for our Annual Candlelight Ceremony to kick off Mental Illness Awareness Week.

  • Reception and Exhibits: 6:00-7:00 P.M.
  • Program and Ceremony: 7:00-8:30 P.M.

This year’s program:
“Life After Mental Illness”

Bill MacPhee, diagnosed with Schizophrenia and struggling for years, is now a nationally known “Recovery Expert” with a family and his own media company.  He will speak about his life with and beyond mental illness and recovery “…when you would not want to be anyone else other than who you are today.”


This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by NAMI Wichita and Sedgwick County Mental Health Service Agencies and Organizations.


Dugan Gorges Conference Center- Newman University
3100 McCormick Street
Newman University, Wichita, KS 67213
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President’s Message

We are coming into a very busy and exciting fall season of NAMI.  Since the NAMI State Convention will be held here in Wichita at Wichita State University, October 17 and 18, we encourage all members and friends of NAMI Wichita to take advantage of the close proximity and come!  The theme is:  Diversity: Mental Health for All. 


We have at least two of our members registered to go to the NAMI National Convention, which is in Washington, D.C. this year.  The theme is: Advocates for Change: From Dialogue to Action.  We always look forward to reports from our NAMI Wichita representatives to the National Convention upon their return. The convention was moved from summer to September this election year and will give NAMI a chance to have their voice heard in the capital prior to the elections.


I am also excited to report that we have three classes scheduled for fall:  Family to Family, for family members of those who live with a mental illness; Peer to Peer, for members who live with a mental illness; and NAMI Basics, for family members who have a younger child still in school who lives with a mental illness.  Check further in this newsletter for specifics on those classes.


Keep coming to Ask the Doctor, the Family Support group and the Connections group, held the third Tuesday of every month.  Our next one will be August 19 at 6:00.  That is where we really connect with one another, and give each other encouragement and hope.  Hope to see you soon.

Janet Brumbaugh