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The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart. – Helen Keller

Our Journey December issue here

The December Our Journey newsletter is here for your enjoyment. It includes some fun, little known dates to celebrate at the holiday season including Crossword Puzzle Day on December 12. It also has some information on our Clubhouses attendance at the national conference last month. In addition, you can read about some increases in Social Security planned for 2015, and more.

Action Group November Meeting Minutes Here

In November, we spent a good deal of time reviewing the new Recovery Transformation Blueprint. So much information was shared about the direction that NLCMH is moving to improve for the future. People in attendance had a lot of good feedback and ideas. We also shared about some new projects, including a call for poetry entries, and volunteer opportunities (see http://www.mystrength.com and use code MACMHB2014 through November to review this potential resource for the future). If you would like to see the discussion see the November Action Group minutes. Next meeting is December 10 from 11:00 to 1:00.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Nelson Mandela

YouToons video explains health insurance

Health Insurance Explained – The YouToons Have It Covered is a light-hearted treatment of a difficult and important topic, breaking down insurance concepts, such as premiums, deductibles and provider networks. It explains how individuals pay for coverage and obtain medical care and prescription drugs when enrolled in various types of health insurance, including HMOs and PPOs.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. – Attributed to both T.H. Thompson and John Watson

Our Journey November 2014 Issue Here

The 8th Annual Art of Recovery Open House Reception coming up next week Wednesday (Nov 5),  NLCMH Recovery Blueprint, Regional Day of Education, a new statewide poetry initiative, and executive staff changes at NLCMH are all included in the November 2014 issue of Our Journey. Note that the Blueprint with its new themes of Heath, Home, Purpose and Community will be discussed at the next Action Group meeting on November 12. See where NLCMH will be going with recovery system transformation in the next couple years!

Congratulations to Carol Serylo for Receiving the Partner of Excellence Award!

Northern Lakes CEO Greg Paffhouse with Carol Serylo

Congratulations to Carol Serylo for receiving the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards’ 2014 Partners in Excellence Award for the Northern Region. Carol is a person who has demonstrated over many years a deep commitment to recovery system transformation as well as increasing public understanding of and decreasing stigma associated with mental illness. Carol is an extremely articulate and passionate speaker and has spoken many times on the topics of recovery and hope at meetings and conferences large and small.

She received a standing ovation from the 800 people in attendance at the MACMHB fall conference on October 28.

For more information about Carol see the link to one of her videos here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry2Wa7SRRsM&list=UUbJatSrEiMmDm6iwkIHMBGQ

Hats off, Carol! We couldn’t be more pleased for you and all your many accomplishments!

The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

October 2014 Action Group

We had a great discussion about what worked well at this year’s Recovery Celebration and what we may want to do differently for next year’s celebration. We also had a good talk about stigma and more. Here are the October Action Group meeting notes.

If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of seriously harming themselves or someone else, call 911.


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