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Upcoming webinars:

Monday, February 1, 2021

On February 1, 2021 at 6:00 pm CT, NAMI Texas will present the webinar, “If Not You, Then Who?”: Partnerships Between CIT Programs.

Mental Illness affects 1 in 5 people in the U.S, and navigating the mental health system can be overwhelming for many of these individuals. Advocacy is critical to engaging individuals in care and ensuring that the systems in place provide the appropriate care. Advocacy is a cornerstone of NAMI and a vital part of what we can do to help. This seminar will educate NAMI leaders in Texas on Crisis intervention Team (CIT) fundamentals and specifically what law enforcement officers are taught in the training program. CIT is a team function and we will review why it must be a team service and the benefits of CIT. Most importantly we will discuss how NAMI affiliates can engage and support existing CIT in their own communities and how they can advocate for the development of CIT.

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October 8, 2020



NAMI Texas presented a Book Talk with Miriam Feldman, the author of “He Came In With It: A Portrait of Motherhood and Madness” on Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Miriam Feldman is an artist, writer, and mental health activist who splits her time between her Los Angeles atelier and her farm in rural Washington state. She has been married to her husband Craig O’Rourke, also a successful artist, for 34 years and they have four adult children. Their 33- year-old son, Nick, has schizophrenia. When Nick was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2004, Miriam became an activist and a writer. With first-hand knowledge of the woeful state of our mental health system, she decided to be an advocate for those who have no voice. She serves on the advisory board of Bring Change 2 Mind, Glenn Close’s organization, and writes a monthly blog for the website bringchange2mind. Miriam is active in leadership at NAMI Washington and her story is featured on the cover of their current national newsletter. She is a frequent guest on mental health podcasts and is active on Instagram where she is building a community of family and loved ones dealing with mental illness.

To view a recording of this webinar, visit our Zoom page

October 14, 2020









On Wednesday, October 14 at 1:00 pm CT, NAMI Texas presented Creative Strategies to Expand Treatment Capacity.

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We know that individuals with untreated mental illness and/or substance use disorders often find themselves in emergency departments, inpatient hospitalization, and local jails. These interventions are costly and frequently do not yield the desired outcomes. It is important for communities to identify treatment gaps and develop strategies to improve continuity of care.

Join Justin Rodriguez, Precinct 2 Commissioner of Bexar County, Gilbert Gonzales, Director of Bexar County Department of Behavioral Health, and Mike Lozito, Director of the Office of Criminal Justice, Policy, Planning, and Programs, to learn how Bexar County leveraged resources to develop a more comprehensive service delivery system. The presenters will discuss how to bring together local leadership and the hospital district to maximize limited resources to expand behavioral health services.

October 21, 2020









On October 21 at 7:00 pm CT NAMI Texas presented Improving Mental Health Through Patient Empowerment and Technology.

In 2016, 1 in 5 Americans were living with a mental health condition but only 40% received mental healthcare. In addition to shortages of mental health providers, there are challenges with transportation to appointments, scheduling and stigma that prevent optimal mental healthcare for all. Technology use is widespread and has the potential to provide solutions to challenges in mental healthcare. In this discussion, we’ll review the goal of patient empowerment, define mental health technology, explore its potential uses and discuss a method of reviewing potential tools.

PsychU is a free community and online resource library for mental health. Our members share one simple belief: Enhanced information, increased collaboration, and ongoing discussion will lead to improved mental health care and patient outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses.

PsychU’s Patient and Caregiver Resource Center
Whether you live with a mental illness yourself or you provide support to someone who does, this resource center is for you. It features information that individuals can use to learn about their condition and to help them as they work with providers toward recovery. And if you are an advocate for someone with a mental illness, you will find here tools to help you become a more effective one.

The speakers will be Phillip Lai, Pharm.D., BCPP, a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization, Inc., and Dennis Pabis, Pharm.D., BCPP, a Senior Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization, Inc.

October 29, 2020








On Thursday, October 29th, at 2:00 pm CT, NAMI Texas will present Self Advocacy Within the College Academic Environment and the Workforce.

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The webinar will cover the importance of knowing the accommodations you need and advocating for them within the College Academic Environment and the Workforce Environment. The College Academic Environment will be broken down into the following areas: Potential Classroom Adjustments, Potential Lecture Accommodations, Potential Exam Accommodations, Potential Assignment Accommodations, and potential Administrative Accommodations. Then we will cover advocating for the accommodations you need within the Workforce Environment by discussing different potential accommodations for the Workforce Environment. The last 10-15 minutes will be for questions from attendees.

The presenter, Peer Recovery Support Specialist Jordan Smelley, uses his lived experience with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with Co-Occurring Mental Health Diagnosis(es) due to Chung-Jansen Syndrome to support and provide resources to others so that they don’t have to go through as much trauma as Jordan did in order to get the supports and resources needed to become a contributing member of the community at large. Jordan Smelley has also obtained the Transitional Age Youth Endorsement for his Peer Recovery Support Specialist Certification, serves on the Texas HHSC Behavioral Health Advisory Committee as a representative for Youth/Young Adult, and is the only known case of Chung-Jansen Syndrome within the state of Texas/one out of roughly 92 known cases of Chung-Jansen Syndrome worldwide. In his free time Jordan Smelley enjoys playing piano, playing Volleyball, officiating Volleyball for Texas Special Olympics, and hanging out with friends.

November 10, 2020









On the evening before Veterans Day 2020, NAMI Texas hosted a webinar titled, “Bipolar Disorder: Red Hot, Cold Blue, and You”, featuring Ben Beck, a U.S. Army veteran.

A recording of the webinar is available here.

The target audiences are veterans, allies of the veteran community, educators, families affected by bipolar disorder, and youth.

The webinar addressed the bipolar disorder diagnosis phase, the definition and process of bipolar biologically, mania and depression, the impact and process for veterans in and out of active status, first person point of view on the coping mechanisms during a trauma of diagnosis, the statistics and data relating on bipolar disorder, and process of seeking help.

Ben is not a medical provider. Everything in the webinar was presented from the perspective of an individual living with Bipolar Disorder 1. This includes his personal story of highs and lows prior to diagnosis (losing family, financial ruin, joblessness, downward spiral, compared to current success and how it happened); what loved ones/friends can do to support; audience interaction (virtual environment friendly) with quizzes/call outs/ open ended questions.

November 17, 2020








On Tuesday, November 17 at 1:00 pm CT, NAMI Texas presented The Power of Connections: Combatting Isolation and Aging Successfully with Annette Juba, Deputy Director of AGE of Central Texas.

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Staying connected is often a challenge for older adults, with 43% of persons over the age of 60 reporting they feel socially isolated, even before the coronavirus outbreak. Physical distancing requirements are heightening that isolation and raising awareness among all ages of the harmful effects of isolation and loneliness. This presentation will highlight recent research about the effect of social isolation and offer best practices on building strong connections sot that caregivers and professionals feel more equipped to support older adults in aging successfully.

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December 2, 2020


During this Motivational Mindset workshop, Kristin Durney of Mental Wellness Unleashed shared her powerful personal story. Then, she covered the Benefits of Mindset Psychology and discussed the difference between a Fixed Mindset versus a Growth Mindset. Participants were introduced to tools and techniques to help them manage the ability to shift their mind to cultivate a growth mindset. These tools and techniques are based off of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques that Kristin has put to practice for over 20 years.

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  • Kristin Durney is the Co-Founder, Executive Director and Consultant for Mental Wellness Unleashed. She is also a seasoned corporate Human Resources Executive with over 20 years of experience. Diagnosed with clinical depression, anxiety and PTSD, Kristin went through years of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy “CBT.” By leveraging CBT Kristin has shifted her mindset thought patterns that were fixed to internal positive ways of thinking creating a growth mindset. These tools not only transformed her life but saved her life. She now trains others on how to implement CBT techniques and tools as a lifestyle change.
  • Kris Nurse is the Co-Founder, Executive Program Director and a Lead Facilitator for Mental Wellness Unleashed. She is a Learning and Talent Development and Employee Experience leader with over 20 years of Human Resources experience in performance consulting, coaching and developing high-performing learning programs for employees and leaders that increase performance and employee engagement. She has an outstanding ability to inspire and coach individuals to their desired goals. A seasoned facilitator across multiple audiences, topics and forums in helping others discover what they need to become their best self professionally and personally.

December 15, 2020

On Tuesday, December 15 at 1 pm CT, NAMI Texas and NAMI San Antonio hosted the webinar titled, “Southwest Texas Crisis Collaborative: Collaboration Strategies to Improve Access to Treatment“.

This presentation provided an overview of the Southwest Texas Crisis Collaborative (STCC) and related efforts to increase and improve access to behavioral health care. STCC is a cross-system collaboration that brings together local hospitals, psychiatric facilities, first responders, and behavioral health providers to address barriers to effectively accessing crisis services. The presentation will highlight data-sharing strategies that help guide decisions about interventions and resource allocation. Further, there will be discussion on law enforcement-specific projects such as a navigation system developed to direct officers to appropriate psychiatric facilities as well as programs that partner law enforcement and clinicians to better address the needs of individuals who frequently use the crisis services system.

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December 17, 2020

On Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 pm CT, NAMI Texas presented What’s New With NAMI Education Programs with Patti Haynes, Program Director of NAMI Texas.

NAMI has been busy revising existing education programs. Come and learn about the changes, the roll out dates, and providing online program classes, support groups and program trainings.

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