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Laughter is an instant vacation.
 – Milton Berle

Have a conversation wtih your child about this

FACT: 9 out of 10 smokers start before the age of 18. And each day, over 3,000 kids smoke their first cigarette. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. It causes many different cancers as well as chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis, heart disease, pregnancy-related problems, and many other serious health problems.

Take time to have a conversation with your child about the dangers of tobacco use.

Know the Facts and Start a Conversation

NAMI conducts survey

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is conducting a survey, the NAMI Schizophrenia and Personal Technology Tools Survey Initiative to help them better understand the needs of those with mental health conditions.

They invite people with schizophrenia to participate in this confidential 10-minute survey.

The survey closes on September 15, 2014. Together with survey responses from the general public, the results will be summarized and released by NAMI in October 2014.
The NAMI survey is being hosted by Nielsen Consumer Insights*, an independent national marketing research firm. Your survey responses will be kept strictly confidential. The findings will be reported in aggregate only. Your email address or survey information will not be used for future marketing efforts.

How to Complete the Survey
To access the survey, please click on this URL and follow the instructions at the survey site:

Alternatively, you can copy and paste the URL above into the address window of your internet browser. If you have any questions or difficulty completing the survey, feel free to contact the NAMI HelpLine and reference the survey in your email subject line. NAMI thanks you in advance for your time. Your participation will help them to meet their mission of building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Our Journey September 2014 Newsletter Here

September is a busy month! September brings National Recovery Month, National Suicide Prevention Week, National Wellness Week, and our own Northern Lakes CMH Recovery Celebration on September 30! It’s also the month that Northern Lakes CMH plans to go Tobacco-Free at all its office campuses and the time to start calling for art submissions for the Art of Recovery show that will be happening in November. Find out the details in the September 2014 issue of Our Journey here.

Burn brightly without burning out.
 – Richard Biggs

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
 – Henry Ford

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
 – Chinese Proverb

When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present…we experience heaven on earth. – Sarah Breathnach

Our Journey August 2014 Newsletter here

The August issue of the Our Journey newsletter is available for your review and enjoyment. It has information about the 7th annual Recovery Celebration on September 30, the tobacco-free campus that is coming to NLCMH on September 15 in support of health and wellness, changes at New Beginnings Drop-In Center, and more. Enjoy!

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. – Pericles

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


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