NAMI - Athens, An Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Ohio







NAMI's 2012 Speaker Series at The Athens County Library

Feb 2012


For a second 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 are co-sponsoring four events.


Time:  6:30-8:00 PM, final Thursday of select months

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



Schedule 2012

March 29th

Speakers:  Deb and Gerald Mosko

Topic:  Borderline Personality Is not A Life Sentence: One Family's Journey of Hope


Until the last decade, borderline personality disorder was often seen as a very hard-to-treat, if not impossible, disorder. Even today, some professionals roll their eyes at the very mention of the term. Having a loved one with that disorder, the Mosko are members NAMI Franklin County trained as instructors of “Family Connections” and its national “Family Connections/Teleconnections” version - a free course for persons having loved ones with BPD.

April 26th

Speaker:  Tonya Fulwider

Topic:  You’re Not Alone: Postpartum Depression Strikes One in Five New Moms


Too many moms who suffer from mood and anxiety disorders around pregnancy and child birth do so in silence. Such suffering is unnecessary. A co-founder and current director of POEM (Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms), Ms. Fulwider herself suffered from postpartum depression. Now she and her organization work throughout Ohio to relieve the suffering of other moms in similar situations.

See a YouTube video about POEM.


August 30

Speaker:  Milt Greek

Topic:  Schizophrenia: An Inside View


Once wildly psychotic due to schizophrenia, Athens’ own Milt Greek returned to sanity with the help friends. He became a computer programmer, had the good fortune to marry and has recovered to have a happy and healthy life. He has spoken at local, state and national conferences on schizophrenia and recovery. On November 26th of last year, he was featured in a front page article in the New York Times. Milt’s perspective on schizophrenia and helping people with it is part of a growing movement of approaches informed by people with “lived experiences”.


September 27

Speaker:  Dr. Jill A Hollway

Topic:  Current Research in the Treatment of Autism and Asperger's Disorder


Dr. Hollway is a Co-Investigator for the Research Unit on Pediatric Psychopharmacology Autism Network, at the Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center. She is a Research Scientist and has been a part of the research team at OSU for over 14 years. Dr. Hollway has a particular interest in the disruptive behaviors that often co-occur with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and will discuss the latest research and treatments for these and for the core features of autism.







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