When Nancy Abraham’s son, Dylan, was diagnosed with schizophrenia 37 years ago, Nancy had no where to turn for help or support. So she began creating a support group that would envelope all the others in her same situation. Her organizational efforts began in Dane County, extended to the state of Wisconsin and then led Nancy to become one of the co-founders of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Nancy talks about how society views mental illness today and the changes in perception and treatment that are so critically needed.
For more information, contact NAMI at www.NAMI.org, or call the Dane County office, 608-249-7188. For immediate help, call the Crisis Line, 280-2600.
For nearly four decades, Nancy Abraham has been a tireless voice educating the public, health care workers, and government agencies about mental illness and the need to improve services. This is because in 1974, her then teenage son, Dylan, was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Dylan and Nancy Abraham share their personal journey and the successful outcome Dylan has achieved through his participation in PACT (Program for Assertive Community Treatment).
For more information and support, contact NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), www.NAMI.org, or call the Dane County office, 608-249-7188.
For immediate help, call the Crisis Line, 280-2600.
GUESTS: Judy Stevenson, co-chair, ORCHID QUEST 2011 Heidi Whetmore, Orchid Growers’ Guild of Madison Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids, California (guest speaker)
If you are on a quest for orchids, ORCHID QUEST 2011 is the place to be. For the 24th year, the largest orchid show in the Upper Midwest is coming to Madison on February 5th and 6th at the Alliant Center Exhibition Hall. Cultivating, collecting and enjoying the beauty of orchids is a passion shared by many. Among those are the guests of this radio program. Learn about the bond that orchid enthusiasts develop with their flowering beauties and what it takes to keep them alive and well.
Guest: Shannon Barry, Executive Director Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)
Domestic abuse is often described as the silent elephant in the room. It can happen to anyone, regardless of race, income, education, gender, sexual orientation, age or religion. Domestic violence can take many forms. It can be Physical, Emotional, Verbal, Sexual and Economic. The Domestic Abuse Intervention Services which serves Dane County provides many services to help people understand their options and make the best decisions for them.
Shannon Barry discusses the warning signs of domestic violence and how DAIS can help through their 24-hour Help/Crisis Line (608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045); Safe House; Legal Advocacy; Children’s Programming; Crisis Response; Community Support Groups; Emergency Pet Foster Care.
Guests: T.J. Miller, owner, Horizon Health & Fitness Andy Kaszubski, ACE Brad Deforest, B.S. Exercise Science & Health Promotion
Exercise is a major component to becoming the best we can be. Three personal trainers share their expertise on how we can safely improve our health and fitness. The message is, no one is too old or too unfit to start to change their lives.