November 2017
Dear members and friends of NAMI Glendale, 

Welcome to the November 2017 NAMI Glendale newsletter. This month's newsletter includes a notice regarding the upcoming NAMI Glendale Board election procedure. 

Even though the walk has passed, there's still time to donate to NAMI Glendale and continue the good work we do in the community. Donations are being accepted through December 6. See below for affiliate teams.

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Board Election Announcement
Opening Nominations for 2018 Executive Board

The Board of Directors is proud to announce that they are recruiting board members for election to the 2018 Executive Board.  Be sure to join or renew your membership so that you are eligible to vote in our election. 

Every year all positions on the Executive Board are eligible for election.  We invite you to consider nominating yourself  or someone you think has demonstrated leadership skills to one of the Board Positions.  If you want to nominate another member, we ask you confirm with your nominee they will accept your nomination and are willing to serve on the 2018 Board if elected.

The Nominating Committee has attached three documents which will be needed for the nomination process:
  1.  Candidate Statement of Willingness to Run
  2. NAMI Glendale Bylaws which contain addendum with duties for each Executive Board Position
We are requiring ea ch person who is nominated to complete a Statement of Willingness to Run according to the instructions.  We believe these Statements will be helpful in familiarizing the candidate to the membership at large.  They will be included in the ballots for voting. Nominations need to be submitted from November 6 through November 20. Deadline to submit is no later than 5 pm on November 20, 2017  We request you submit email nominations and required documents to:

Once all the nominations and Statements of Willingness have been received, the nominating committee will prepare a ballot for distribution to all members in good standing for voting.

We look forward to receiving your nominations.
The 2018 NAMI Glendale Nominating Committee:

Jane Karageorge, Barbara Knighton, Sharon Elliot, Kim Zolna
NAMI Walks 2017-There's still time to donate
Donations accepted through December 6

The Los Angeles County NAMI Walk was a great success! View photos on Facebook at

If you forgot or haven't had a chance to donate, donations will be accepted through December 6. 

Cli ck on the list below to view teams, team captains and donation links.

Thank you to all donors!!!
Important dates
November 20, 5 pm Executive  Board nominations due (see notice above) 

November 26, 6:30 pm Board Meeting, Glendale Adventist, Glendale, CA

December 12 Holiday Potluck/Business Meeting, locationTBD
Attend a NAMI Glendale Board Meeting
NAMI Glendale Board and Committee Chair Meeting

Please join us and help be a part of committees our affiliate would like to work on this year.
November 26
Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm
Location: Glendale Adventist Hospital 
1509 Wilson Terrace
Glendale CA 91206
Cafeteria (Ground Floor)
Parking: There is a charge for parking during the week in the main garage.  Or you can park on Vallejo Dr. (street parking - do not park in rehab parking lot)  and come through the entrance of the Rehabilitation Center, make right to the elevators. Take elevator to ground floor, Cafeteria entrance just around the corner from elevator.

December 12 
Holiday Celebration/Business Meeting
Location information coming soon
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Peer Column
Dear Peers,
Welcome back to the peer column! I hope you enjoy this month's installment:
A Day in the Life
            This year I decided to go the Día de los Muertos celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Now this is not my usual milieu because I suffer with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and going out after dark and large crowds trigger sever anxiety. However this year I decided to go anyway. Before I go on I should tell you that I always create an emergency plan when I go out or if I know that there will be big crowds wherever I will be going. Here is a sample of my everyday emergency plan; 1. Cellphone, 2. External battery, 3. Whistle, 4. Pepper spray, 5. Fidget toy, 6. Exit strategies, etc. I hope you are getting the picture of what I do before I go out anywhere. For the Día del los Muertos celebration I needed my father with me because I know he will always protect me and he is strong enough to do so where I might not be able.

The night of the celebration was coming up and every day I would go back and forth in my head, "Yes, I can do it! Or no, this is a terrible idea!" When finally it was the day of the celebration, my stomach was upset (another common anxious response I have), but I said I would go so I had to do it. I got dressed up and was as ready as I could be for the night. Now this is a big celebration that gets bigger every year the year before the event planners estimated 40,000 attendees to the event and this year the number was estimated at 50,000. So yay more people to surround me and make me panic it was a good thing my mother didn't tell me how many people were attending because that could have caused me to say a definite no. The three of us arrived (my mother, my father, and me) and we walked to the entrance of the cemetery. The first thing I see is a long line of people waiting to get in. Not a very good sign. As soon as we get into the cemetery it gets a bit better because now people are spreading out, so I am no longer crowded and I could breathe easier.

I will give a brief description of the lay out so you can understand what I am talking about in the rest of my tale. The event had 4 stages for music, dance exhibitions, and even skits. There were Aztec dancers in full costume: the head dresses full of feathers, faces painted or not, and they have noise makers that are tied around their ankles that sound every time they move (see attached image). The Aztec dancers walk around the cemetery performing and displaying their costumes. Another important part of the celebration are the altares or altars. The altars are our way of paying our respect to our ancestors and our deceased loved ones be it sister, brother, mother, father, or even beloved pets. A typical altar includes photos of the deceased, food that they enjoyed, candles, flowers, and incense. At the Día de los Muertos celebration there where 90 different altars spread out in the cemetery to be viewed by the visitors. There were also face painting booths where visitors could pay to get their faces painted like Calaveras or skeletons. There were also food and drink booths as well as merchandise booths. 

We started to walk around and found the first stage where there was traditional folklorico, Mexican folk dancing; we stayed for a while then decided to visit the altares, before it got too dark. The altares were all different some for a specific person or family, others for a certain cause, and even a few for beloved pets. Each altar tells a unique story through there decorations. My first cause of true alarm happened when we were viewing the altares. We became surrounded by a pretty large crowd of people. When this happened I began to panic. I couldn't find a way out, so I started having trouble breathing for me my anxiety almost always results in me hyperventilating. Luckily for me my mother was right next to me I don't think she understood what was happening to me, but I grabbed her and dug my fingers into her arm that was the only way I could communicate myself, since I couldn't talk. She understood and began to talk calmly to me and move me out of the large crowd. Though it felt like I was stuck there for an hour I knew it was no more than a few minutes. I took a few minutes to catch my breath and then we continued walking around. The next time I began to panic was when we went to get food the long lines and crush was overwhelming and this time I was alone. Once again I started to hyperventilate but I had a bowl of soup in my hands so I focused on the smell and the warmth coming from it to ground myself and relax enough to find my parents which I did.

After dinner we decided to walk around and finish looking at all the altares, so we did and we even saw some of the Aztec dancing. The reason my mother wanted to go specifically to this Día de los Muertos was because one of her favorite Colombian bands was going to perform that day. Of course she wanted to get as close as possible to the stage which I couldn't do and I told her this beforehand so that she and my father understood what I needed to feel safe. My mother went to go into the crowd in front and I stayed behind where there was a lot of room to move around and I wasn't crowded in anyway. The band that my mother wanted to see was of course the last of the night, but I had my spot where I wasn't crowded and my fidget toy that I used when I got a bit stressed and the rest of the night passed without any more incidents. We finally left the event around 11 pm and that was the end of my day.

Well I hope you have enjoyed my "Day in the Life" column perhaps some can relate to my story and to others this is new territory. I have attached a few photos of Aztec dancers and well as an example of an altar. I look forward to any comments questions or if you would like to share a "Day in your Life" feel free to send it in although please be careful what you write so that you don't trigger anyone else.
Person with Lived Experience aka Peer

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NAMI Glendale is grateful to our volunteers. 
If you are interested in volunteering there are many opportunities throughout the year. Want to volunteer for the NAMI Walks or train to be a Family to Family teacher or Family Support Group facilitator? 

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NAMI Glendale 
c/o Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
1540 E. Colorado St. 
Glendale, CA 91205
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In order to vote in upcoming Board elections you must be an active member. 
NAMI Glendale Mission
NAMI Glendale welcomes the neighboring communites of Burbank, Eagle Rock, Northeast Los Angeles, East and North Hollywood, Sunland/Tujunga, La Crescenta, Montrose and La Canada and surrounding areas by providing support, education and advocacy to those affected by serious mental illness.

Advocate at the county, state and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education and employment for people with mental illness.
  • Educate the public about mental illness.
  • Work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
  • Advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness.
In our envisioned future mental illness will no longer thwart a person's fulfillment of his or her potential. With early pinpoint diagnoses, interventions and targeted medications and services there is no pervasive disability. Ultimately, we envision a day when prevention or a cure is found.

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