NAMI 2017 Speaker Series

For a seventh consecutive year, NAMI Athens and the Friends of the Athens Public Library are teaming up to bring the Athens community some really super speakers. This year we plan to co-sponsor five events.

 

Time:  6:30-8:00 PM

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

  • March 23 : Donna Lecheiter, “Bipolar Disordered from the Inside Out”
  • May 11 :  Randy Montgomery. “The Trauma of War, PTSD, Recovery and Service Dogs”
  • August 31 : Andrew and Stephanie Downing. Marriage and Schizophrenia: Eyes on the Prize
  • September 31 : Rachael Gearinger. “Panic Disorder from the Inside Out”
  • October 19 : Rory McGuinness. “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from the Inside Out”

 

March 23:

Topic: Bipolar Disorder from the Inside Out

Speaker: Donna Lechleiter, RN

Donna_LechleiterBipolar disorder – formerly called manic depression – effects between 2% and 4% of the U.S. Population. Featuring mood fluctuations from periods of deep depression, to normality, to wild mania (including sexual impropriety, ill-considered spending and delusional thinking), it disrupts and frequently destroys the victim’s life.  A registered nurse who had a twenty-year career in pediatric home health, mental health and hospice, Lechleiter will discuss how this disorder impacted her life, her recovery and her current life as a mom, a mental health activist with NAMI Athens (on the Board and teaching Peer-to-Peer), a member of the Athens Photographic Project, President of the Front Porch Project, and as a bible education volunteer. 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 Counsellors

 

May 11:

Topic: The Trauma of War, PTSD, Recovery and Service Dogs

Speaker: Randy Montgomery

Randy MontgomeryIronically, though war-inflicted Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will not win you a Purple Heart, it is the most common serious injury produced by war and – if left untreated (as in the majority of cases) – the afflicted veteran will lead a troubled, angry and normally dysfunctional life. After the First Gulf War – having seen and done things that no one should experience, Randy Montgomery was a haunted, changed and very dysfunctional man for over two decades. Eventually, however, determination, treatment, a good partner, fatherhood and a great service dog have put him into recovery. Now a local farmer, Montgomery will discuss his experiences with war, his PTSD, his recovery and his interest in, and work with, service dogs. For a preview of his 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 Counsellors

 

August 31:

Topic: Marriage and Schizophrenia: Eyes on the Prize

Speakers: Andrew and Stephanie Downing

Marriage and Schizophrenia: Eyes on the PrizeAny mental illness, particularly one like schizophrenia, can have a devastating effect on family relationships. The co-authors of the book Marriage and Schizophrenia: Eyes on the Prize, Andrew and Stephanie Downing, chose to marry and have children in sprite a full awareness that he that he had already been diagnosed with schizophrenia. The Downings will discuss the challenge they faced and the tools they used in moving Andrew into recovery – spirituality, non-confrontational communication, fine-tuning of therapy and medication with specialists, the acceptance of limitations and work with NAMI. Books will be available for sale and signing. For a preview of their talk, listen to her NAMI interview here.

 

 

 

September 28:

Topic: Panic Disorder from the Inside Out

Speaker: Rachael Gearinger

Rachel GarringerAn OSU Master’s candidate in Public Health and a writer/communications specialist at NAMI Ohio, Rachel Gearinger has experienced panic attacks since early in her undergraduate career.  One of the anxiety disorders, panic disorder is typified by recurrent uncontrollable panic attacks which can cause those afflicted to shake, pass out, have symptoms similar to those of a heart attack, and, in Ms. Gearinger’s case, even suffer from depersonalization and derealization, (feeling “out-of-body”), etc. In addition to defining and discussing her experiences with panic disorder, Ms. Gearinger will tell how she combats and lives with her disorder. For a preview of their talk, listen to her NAMI interview here.

 

October 19:

Topic: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from the Inside Out

Speaker: Rory McGuinness