NAMI Basics Class

We will have a NAMI Basics class starting on March 30.  This class is for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with symptoms of mental health illness.  In NAMI Basics, we learn to separate the child we know and love from the symptoms of his/her brain disorder. Our children are not "bad" kids, and we are not "bad" parents, in spite of what others might think (or even say out loud)! If you are starting to think you might truly be a "bad parent," you need the support and knowledge that NAMI Basics provides. Registration is required in advance.Click here to sign up today!

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New Website!


NAMI Wichita is excited to announce its new website!  We realize how important it is to have a strong web presence and how important a website can be for communication.  Highlights of our new dynamic content include a blogging/news feature, integrated calendar, online class interest forms, and various feeds bringing you up to the date information from NAMI Wichita, NAMI Kansas, and NAMI National.  We will continue to add new features over the course of the next several months.  If there are features or information you would like to see included on our site, please contact one of the board members or, leave a message with our email hidden; JavaScript is required.


NAMI Wichita Joins Facebook

NAMI Wichita and NAMI Wichita Basics have both recently joined Facebook.  We invite you to "like" both pages.  Facebook allows us to offer you the latest information about NAMI Wichita, NAMI Kansas, and NAMI National.  We frequently post information about the latest research, advocacy opportunities, and new education opportunities.  The links below will take you directly to each of our pages.  Please "like" both of them today!

2013 NAMI Awards

On December 3, 2013, NAMI Wichita held its annual award banquet and winter celebration.  We are excited to announce the recipients of the following awards.

NAMI Wichita Member of the Year
Jill Evenson

Service to NAMI Wichita Award
Nancy Ross, LSCSW

Service to Consumers Award
Sandy Swank, Director of InterFaith Inn

Service to Consumers Award
Homeless Outreach Team(HOT) – CIT Officers
Nate Schwiethale
Greg Feuerborn
Danny Taylor
Sgt. Brett Stull

Mental Health Professional of the Year
Mercedes Perales, MD

Mental Health Professional of the Year
Sara Friesen, APRN

Community Service Award
Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department
Sheriff Jeff Easter
Lt. Jared Schechter
Major Glen Kurtz

Case Manager of the Year
Vickie Donaldson

Service Provider of the Year
COMCARE Representatives on the Community Crisis Center Planning Group
Marilyn Cook, LSCSW , Executive Director
Crystal Deselms
Nadine Long
Tom Pletcher, LCP
Jason Scheck, LSCSW
Harold Casey, Executive Director of the Substance Abuse Center of Kansas

Certificate of Recognition
Karen McNally, LMSW

Lifetime Professional Service Award
Susan Bumsted, MN, RNSpecial Appreciation Award

Norma Ciskowski

Certificates of Appreciation
University of Kansas-Wichita Department of Psychiatry Residents
Dr. Alexandria Flynn
Dr. Hala Kazanchi
Dr. Crystal Larson
Dr. Vikram Malhotra
Dr. Alisha Oelke
Dr. Syed Quadri

In Memory

candles2Judy Staton, one of our former presidents, Family to Family teacher, speaker at many Police Academy and Case Manager trainings and overall volunteer for innumerable other NAMI Wichita projects died early on Friday, December 20, 2013, from a heart attack. This followed many months of her courageous battle with cancer.

Judy was fully committed to advocacy supporting changes in mental health service systems that would better the lives of all persons living with mental illness. Even when extremely ill, she was interested in keeping up with affiliate activities and community projects related to services improvement.

She is survived by her husband Jeff, daughter Heidi, son Heath and six granddaughters. We will all greatly miss her commitment, energy, compassion, friendship and support.