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MENTAL ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP FINDS NEW HOMe

The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) has a local chapter in Lansing that provides education, support and advocacy for residents with mental illness and their family o…

The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) has a local chapter in Lansing that provides education, support and advocacy for residents with mental illness and their family or caretakers. NAMI has been in the Lansing area since 1972 and has never had its own office space until now.

“The committee members have been working out of basements, garages and cars,” said Kevin Keeler, president of NAMI Lansing.

The NAMI Lansing organization reached out to McLaren Greater Lansing to see if McLaren knew of an office space that would be able to fit the organization. They talked with John Patterson, administrative director at McLaren Greater Lansing, who offered to provide the organization office space in the orthopedic hospital.

“We are a community hospital and we care what is happening in the community,” said Patterson. “We know there is a shortage of mental health resources, facilities and help. If there is anything we can do to help fill those voids, we have an obligation to do that.”

The office space was donated by the hospital to NAMI Lansing, allowing NAMI to provide more support in the community.

“Now that we have this space, we can put our resources in one place. It has changed the culture now that we have our own office; it has changed the dynamic, and we can think bigger,” said Keeler. “We finally have a home.”

Everyone in the NAMI community has someone in their family who has a mental illness or they themselves suffer from a mental illness. If you or a loved one would like to get involved or learn more about NAMI Lansing, visit namilansing.org.

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