NAMI plans free program in LC


NAMI Four County is offering a free community program, “Healthy You: The Mind and Body Connection,” Tuesday, Sept. 20 starting at 5 p.m. at the Liberty Center Public Library, 124 East St. This two hour program, which includes a light meal, will be helpful to those who struggle with mental illness or have a loved one who does.

Because a light meal is included, pre-registration is requested. To register, please contact Wendy Jennings, NAMI’s executive director, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 419-405-3651.

Shirley A. Fry, M.Ed., will be the presenter. She is a retired teacher and guidance counselor who worked over 30 years in both public and private schools. She has also taught parenting classes and did mediation for Shalom Counseling and Mediation.

Her interest in mental health is a result of a sister who has spent most of her life living with severe depression and anxiety. For years, loving family members told her that to feel better she just needed to pray about it or think happy thoughts or just snap out of it. Her sister was made to feel that her depression was just in her mind; that it wasn’t real. She now has professional help to manage her illness.

That experience with her sister led Fry to become a mental health advocate committed to educating others about mental illness and eliminating the shame and stigma that individuals and families feel when people around them say things that just aren’t right even if well meaning.

Her presentation on September 20 will focus on how to become a “healthy you” by recognizing the symptoms of mental health problems and understanding how mental illnesses are treated. She will discuss helpful ways of supporting individuals and families who are experiencing a mental health challenge and offer suggestions about self-care. Fry will also offer suggestions on a variety of ways to improve both mental and physical health.

NAMI Four County and Shirley Fry plan to repeat this “Healthy You” program in Hicksville on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

For more information about NAMI’s free community mental health programs, classes and support groups, visit its website: www.namifourcounty.org.