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NAMI 2019 Speaker Series

For a ninth consecutive year, NAMI Athens and the Friends of the Athens Public Library are teaming up to bring the Athens community some really super speakers.

Time:  6:30-8:00 PM

Location:  Athens Public Library, 30 Home Street, Athens, OH 45701.

April 25: Leigh Ann Maio.  “Recovering from Schizoaffective Disorder and Forging a Career.”

May 23: Linda Schmitmeyer (accompanied by husband, Steve): “How a Family Faces and Overcomes a Father and Husband’s Late-Onset Schizoaffective Disorder”

August 22: Kelley MacekLiving with and Overcoming PTSD and Other Invisible Wounds of War”

September 19: Eric D. McKee. “Living with Chronic, Apparently Treatment-Resistant, Depression”

October 24: Tony Coder. “Suicide – The State of the State and What Communities Can Do”

 

April 25:

Topic: Recovering from Schizoaffective Disorder and Forging a Career

Speaker: Leigh Ann Maio

Leigh Ann MaioSchizoaffective Disorder is a  double whammy – a combination of schizophrenia and a mood disorder.  Leigh Ann Maio suffered some depression in her late teens. But the full impact of schizoaffective disorder hit in her freshman year in College. Thereafter, she had suicidal attempts and was hospitalized off and on. Before long, however, her mother – who took NAMI’s Family to Family course – convinced her to be compliant with therapy and medication. Now she has been “clear” for the last six years. And, for three and a half years, has worked as a Peer Support Specialist at Appalachian Behavioral Health, the very same institution in which she had previously been a patient. For a preview of her talk, listen to her NAMI interview here.

Nurses can submit social work certificates to the nursing board for full credit.
.15 CEUs available for Athens Public Schools Teachers
1.5 CEUs available for Social Workers and Counselor

 

May 23:

Topic: How a Family Faces and Overcomes a Father and Husband’s Late-Onset Schizoaffective Disorder

Speaker: Linda Schmitmeyer (accompanied by husband, Steve)

Linda Schmitmeyer

Steve Schmitmeyer was a successful engineer and loving husband and father before he was struck by late-onset schizoaffective disorder in the 1990s. At the time, medications were crude and NAMI was fairly new. Wife and mother, Linda Schmitmeyer, chronicles the family’s struggle to love, understand, and help Steve in Rambler: a Family Pushes through the Fog of Mental Illness. Linda’s brave – often frustrating and thankless – struggle is an example for us, even today, when such situations more often than not lead to divorce and the disintegration of the family. She also shares in Rambler how Steve persevered to become again the loving father and husband he’d once been. For a preview of her talk, listen to her NAMI interview here.

Nurses can submit social work certificates to the nursing board for full credit.
.15 CEUs available for Athens Public Schools Teachers
1.5 CEUs available for Social Workers and Counselor
Rambler will be available for purchase at the talk.

 

August 22:

Topic: Living with and Overcoming PTSD and Other Invisible Wounds of War

Speaker: Kelley Macek

Kelley Macek

After having done three tours of duty in Iraq as a military intelligence soldier specializing in the Middle East and Arabic language, Kelley Macek retired from the U.S. Army in 2010. Upon returning to the States, she began to realize that the experience had changed her. She was now very reclusive, over-sensitive to minor States-side stimulations, and suffered from insomnia and attention deficit disorder. Fortunately, before she left the Army, she was diagnosed with, and began treatment for PTSD and other war-related disorders.  The treatments have been effective and Kelley is now pursuing a graduate degree in Communications from Ohio University. For a sense of this talk listen to her interview here.

Nurses can submit social work certificates to the nursing board for full credit.
.15 CEUs available for Athens Public Schools Teachers
1.5 CEUs available for Social Workers and Counselors

 

September 19:

Topic: Living with Chronic, Apparently Treatment-Resistant, Depression

Speaker: Eric D. McKee

Eric MckeeWe all suffer the blues or depression from time to time, but the mental disorder clinical depression is long-lasting, deep, and life-disrupting. Now 55, Eric McKee was hit three decades ago with a form of chronic clinical depression which appears to be very treatment resistant. Medication, talk therapy – even electro convulsive therapy – have proven ineffective. Nevertheless, Eric is a fighter. He completed his bachelor’s degree albeit in eight years, has held several jobs and is happily married. Though his depression is a central problem in his life, he is determined to make the best of things. He joined the NAMI Ohio Board of Directors in 2007 and, in 2017, became the Executive Director of NAMI Hamilton County in Findley. He gives many lectures and feels that, “… if it gets to one person… It makes everything worth it.” For a preview of his talk, listen to his NAMI interview here.

Nurses can submit social work certificates to the nursing board for full credit.
.15 CEUs available for Athens Public Schools Teachers
1.5 CEUs available for Social Workers and Counselor

 

October 24:

Topic: Suicide – The State of the State and What Communities Can Do

Speaker: Tony Coder

Tony CoderFive people die by suicide in the State of Ohio every day and over 15,000 individuals have taken their lives over the last decade. A recent study by Ohio University showed that suicide rates for nine of the top ten counties in the state were in Appalachia Ohio with Meigs County having the highest in the state. Tony Coder, Executive Director of NAMI Ohio’s Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, will discuss the findings of this report along with the plan for suicide prevention for the state and ways that local communities fit into that plan. The conversation will also look at ways that stigma plays into the topic of suicide and the need to break down those walls. For a preview of his talk, listen to his NAMI interview at http://namiathensohio.org/radio-program/ .

Nurses can submit social work certificates to the nursing board for full credit.
.15 CEUs available for Athens Public Schools Teachers
1.5 CEUs available for Social Workers and Counselor