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On Monday, April 1, 2013, Luanne Preston and Nancy Wagner received awards In appreciation for their work on the board of NAMI Delaware County.

On Saturday, October 1, 2011, Jody Powers received the Patricia Wheaton Consumer Award at the NAMI State Conference for her service to and on behalf of fellow consumers.

On Friday, September 30, 2011, Jody Powers, Luanne Preston, and Linda Margaret Falaschetti received their official Certificates of Achievement for being successfully trained as NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Facilitators.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 NAMI-Muncie's Family-to-Family Class has been closed to new participants for a couple of weeks now, and its webmaster has kept forgetting to inform people of this fact. I have also kept forgetting to take down all the advertisements. To any/all affected, I do apologize. Your webmaster, L.

As Copied from the Opinion Column of the Muncie StarPress:

NANCY WAGNER • Farmland • January 19, 2011

Thank you Pat Bennett for a wonderfully written editorial column regarding mental illness. I have attended a NAMI family-to-family course, and it totally changed my perception regarding mental illness. Even though I am a nurse, I did not truly comprehend the connection with mental illness and chemical imbalances.

This medical disorder is difficult to diagnose and treat because the brain is so complex. An individual with diabetes has an imbalance stemming from the pancreas. An individual with mental illness has an imbalance originating in the brain. However, the patient with diabetes obtains compassion, support, education and funding from the community.

The church may deliver food to the home after a recent hospitalization. In stark contrast, the patient with mental illness feels as if he/she has to keep the diagnosis "a secret" from friends, employers, coworkers and even other family members. Relationships and jobs are in jeopardy. How many meals have been delivered to the home of a mentally ill patient who has returned home from the hospital?

The stigma has to stop. Education and community support is the best method to stop this madness.


As Copied from the Muncie StarPress:

Get educated about mental illness

By PAT BENNETT • January 14, 2011

I, like so many of you, have been watching, listening and reading about the tragedy in Tucson. News commentators, mental health professionals, law enforcement officials, and yes, comedians, all have something to say about the young man who committed the crime.

He has been called "crazy," "loony" and "deranged" to mention a few of the words. As yet, we do not have a formal diagnosis. I view this language from the perspective of a family member of a loved one, now deceased, who had a mental illness.

My mother suffered from severe depression and was hospitalized many times. During one hospitalization, a physician wrote a note in the chart saying "this woman is crazy." I am a nurse and read the note. It was heartwrenching to know that everyone who cared for my mother had read that note and to wonder whether she was being treated differently because of it.

I was appalled to realize that my mother, who had a serious medical illness, was dehumanized in this way. It quite simply reflected the lack of understanding of mental illness as a serious medical disorder affecting the brain.

I know we are all appalled and frightened by the Tucson tragedy, but the majority of those who are mentally ill do not commit violence. The mentally ill and their families fight a daily struggle against stigma and system failure that makes it difficult to get the help needed and to rejoin society.

Name calling serves no purpose. It is not true, as we learned as children, that sticks and stones can hurt my bones, but words will never hurt me. They hurt.

Mental illness is difficult to understand and before passing judgment, learn about it. Get to know someone who suffers from it. Be a support for their family. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill has a superb website,, that offers information on all the major mental illnesses, including autism spectrum disorders.

It is ironic that Rep. Giffords has been a good friend of NAMI and led the Southwest Arizona NAMI Walk. We have heard that the young man's family is in hiding and grieving over their loss of contact with their son.

Unfortunately, this is often the result when a young person begins the struggle with mental illness. We do not know whether he had ever received treatment or even been diagnosed. The mental health system in America is broken. It is often one of the first systems to have funds reduced.

Families who care for the mentally ill need our respect, understanding and support. They need education in how to best care for their loved one and themselves.

NAMI of Muncie will be offering a 12-week family-to-family course in March to help family members learn the latest about mental illness, how to cope, and how to respond in a crisis.

We don't know whether education would have prevented the Tucson shootings, but it certainly would have helped the young man's family deal with their grief. I hope all of us will pay attention to our words, not only in politics, but in our conversation about mental illness.

Dr. Pat Bennett is a retired nursing professor at Anderson University and a mental health consultant on the board of directors of NAMI of Delaware County.



December 24, 2010:

Our Family-to-Family course is currently open for registration!! To register, please email Pat Bennett or call her at 765-748-2097.

December 18, 2010: Our PayPal buttons are added to the website's Join NAMI! and Donate! webpages so everyone is now able to pay for their memberships and donate online with debit/credit cards. Open door memberships are $3 while Individual memberships are $25. You type in the amount of your donation! Check out the Join NAMI! and Donate! buttons on the left side of the website!! These buttons are up just in time for late-minute Christmas and other holiday gift-giving!

November 18, 2010: At our most recent NAMI-Muncie Board meeting, two awards were presented. One, to our President, Mary Bedel, from NAMI-Indiana, the NAMI Indiana Member of the Year for outstanding community service that positively affected People with Mental Illness. The other award was presented to our Communications person, Luanne Preston, from NAMI-Muncie, the Patricia Wheaton Consumer Award for her tireless efforts to educate, advocate, and support the needs of those with mental illness.

Press Release 9/30/2010:

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) takes place October 3-9 and is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

National Allianceon Mental Illness of Muncie is honoring outstanding people in our community for their work.  Luanne Preston was the NAMI Muncie nominee for the Patricia Wheaton Consumer Award.  Luanne has worked tirelessly to educate, advocate and support the needs of those with mental illness. 

Terri Helbling and Jennifer Little were nominated under the Professional Category.  Both work at Meridian Services in the Muncieoffice. Nominations were sent to NAMI Indiana and we are thrilled that Terri Helbling has been chosen NAMI Indiana’s Professional of the Year! 

Terri is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse.  She has been a Nurse Practitioner since 2002 and has 20 years of mental health experience.  Her work experience includes working for the Department of Corrections, in a private psychiatric practice, in an inpatient unit for patients with dual diagnoses, in Geriatric Psychiatry, and in both the Inpatient and Outpatient Departments for Meridian Services. She is consistently lauded and appreciated by her patients at Meridianas well as her co-workers. 

Terri’s award will be presented at the NAMI Indiana state conference in Indianapolison October 9th

“Many people in our community are directly affected by mental illness,” said Mary Bedel, President of the Muncie Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “The good news is that treatment does work and recovery is possible. We applaud the efforts of people such as Terri, Jennifer, and Luanne, who work so hard to make our community a better place for people with mental illness.” 


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