You are not alone
June 25th, 2016 Pomegranate staffers walked on behalf of NAMI Franklin County. Pomegranate Health Systems was one of the start-finish line sponsors again this year. Teen girls from our Meena Unit worked under the guidance of Ruthe, art educator and CPST to create a marvelous banner on canvas drop cloth. [In fact, the background banner art the team created was so beautiful, we were thinking of creating a card series of encouraging notes.] The message of the banner, ‘you are not alone’ came from looking over previous NAMI chapter entries from around the state and country online. This message resonated.
It’s not easy leaving home for a treatment respite, but it’s not that different than leaving home for college. An acute stay is 7-10 days (camp); residential 4-6 months typically. When ‘home’ is a drama-filled environment which has become unsafe due to drugs, abuse or neglect, Pomegranate becomes an emergency shelter care time-out or offers the breadth of perspective, new coping skills and tools that promote resilience. Teens at Pomegranate learn about diagnoses, medication, and taking charge of their wellness and future well-being through individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, art therapy, recreation, nursing group, substance abuse counseling and CPST/life skills group. Girls on the Meena Unit are court -ordered to treatment, in lieu of juvenile detention.
There were a lot of fine banner entries, but the judges chose Pomegranate’s entry for the 2nd year in a row. (Last year the crowd picked our winning T shirt- a gym mural of a hand painting the sky, which was adapted to T-shirt design). For their win, these teens will be celebrating with an ice cream social. Last year, Angela Nickell, CEO, supplemented the gift card and threw a facility-wide Donato’s pizza party for all residents.
The NAMI Walk is important to support because NAMI provides workshops and support groups for those living with and through a diagnosis of mental illness, and works to eliminate stigma and promote well-being. The mission of NAMI is educate, advocate, listen, and lead. This year 543 walked on behalf of NAMI Franklin County with over $12,000 raised for programs, and funds still coming in.
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[Photo credit: NAMI Franklin County Walk 2016, Pomegranate Archives]