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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Physical and Mental Health Go Hand In Hand

Everyone’s heard about wellness and recovery and how physical and mental health go hand in hand. I’ve shared NAMI Hearts & Minds materials at the monthly Learning Community meetings to help folks  learn to eat better, plan healthier meals on a budget, what foods are good and bad for you, how to keep a food [...]

2010 Look Closer Postcards: See Me For Who I Am

These postcards were submitted to our 2nd annual project called Look Closer: See Me For Who I Am. The postcard project is designed to provide a public celebration of those who use verbal and visual expression as a means to heal the soul and increase their quality of life. Click on the postcards to see [...]

Using Social Media to Connect with Friends and Family

In our October 12 post, we shared Marty Raaymakers’ information on Making Friends: People Maps. This has gotten me thinking about my own situation. A lot of people in today’s society use the ever so popular and growing web site called Facebook. I happen to be one of those people and lately I’ve been grateful [...]

He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. ~Saint Basil

Grace – by Lee Ann Tuller

A grace in every face Nowhere is a scar face Disheveled the hair may be With dirt on the face Though the rags on show When people see this of anyone Do they realize this person Is someone’s son or daughter Are they so blind? That there is no grace and love to abide Is [...]

Motivational Speaker Johnnie Tuitel Kicked Off Flight as “Too Disabled”

Those who attended our 2004 Northwest CMH Affiliation Conference in Scottville or our 2007 Northwest CMH Affiliation Consumer Conference in Ludington may recall our keynote motivational speaker, Johnnie Tuitel. Johnnie gave a highly entertaining and thought provoking session on “Pay It Forward” in 2004 and “Handicapitalism,” in 2007. At both conferences, he spoke about the [...]

It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it. ~W. Somerset Maugham

Making Friends: People Maps

Marty Raaymakers, who was the keynote speaker at our 3rd Annual NLCMH Recovery Celebration, spoke a lot that day about the supportive people in our lives. She shared information about her personal journey through life, how she has struggled to find friends, and how she has used “People Maps” to help her focus on growing [...]

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. ~Vince Lombardi

Seeing the Person, Not the Illness

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius On this, the 20th anniversary of Congress establishing the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week, Northern Lakes CMH wants to recognize the triumphs of people living with, prevailing over, and recovering from mental illnesses. We also [...]

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