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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will honor NAMI Lansing, with the Outstanding NAMI Affiliate Award at the national convention in Denver, Colorado, in recognition of NAMI Lansing's expanding presence and impact in the Greater Lansing area. NAMI Lansing is one of over 600 NAMI affiliates across the nation.

 

"The efforts of your team to raise awareness and advocate for mental health have not gone unnoticed," said Roseanna Ramirez, NAMI's National Director, Operations, in the award letter. "Your commitment to educating and supporting various segments of our community is truly commendable and reflects the passion and dedication of your team." 

 

"I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the volunteers, supporters, and community partners that make this work possible and fulfilling," said Katreva N. Bisbee, President of NAMI Lansing. "NAMI Lansing members often have first-hand knowledge of the effects of mental health conditions and are passionate about increasing awareness of mental health and the resources that support recovery. This award is a testament to their unwavering efforts."

Our Mission

NAMI Lansing, the Tri-county’s Voice on Mental Illness, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families who are affected by neurobiological brain disorders through support, education, advocacy, and research.

Our Vision

NAMI Lansing exists to build a community of support. NAMI Lansing reaches out with compassion to persons with mental illness and their families who may at times feel alone, overwhelmed, or hopeless, to connect them to resources, support, and hope. 

NAMI Lansing recognizes the depth of love required when dealing with mental illness. NAMI Lansing exists to educate people of the need for research, system reform, and improved supports for those with mental illness and their families. Education promotes acceptance and hope for recovery. NAMI Lansing exists to advocate for legal and policy changes that would improve the lives of those with mental illness and their families. NAMI Lansing promotes research about mental illness and the application of research to improve the lives of families and individuals.

Katreva Bisbee, NAMI Lansing Vice President; Chiara Sims, NAMI Michigan Office and Program Manager; Kevin Keeler, NAMI Lansing President: Kevin Fischer, NAMI Michigan Executive Director.

​Our History

NAMI Lansing began in 1974 as the Oasis Fellowship — one of the first groups for family members of persons with mental illnesses. The main impetus was to arrange housing in the Lansing area for patients exiting state hospitals. Although met with objections by residents living in selected areas, the Oasis Fellowship forged on to continue to support and advocate for persons with mental illness. When the National Alliance for Mental Illness was formed, the Oasis Fellowship became the Alliance for Mental Illness of Greater Lansing. In 1999, groups from across the country changed their names to NAMI in an effort to become a nationally recognized organization. Today, NAMI Lansing has grown to provide support and educational information to approximately 150 members.

Affiliations

NAMI Lansing is affiliated with NAMI and NAMI Michigan.

NAMI

NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness 
and their families.

NAMI Michigan

NAMI Michigan’s purpose is to assist affiliates, provide support, promote education, pursue advocacy and encourage research on mental illness.

Board Members

NAMI Lansing is affiliated with NAMI and NAMI Michigan.

Katreva Bisbee

NAMI Lansing President

Anne Scott

Recording Secretary

Teresa Ritsema

Board Member-at-Large

Calvin Sterk

Board Member-at-Large

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Kevin Keeler

1st Vice President

Elizabeth Pratt

Treasurer

David McFarlane

Board Member-at-Large

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2nd Vice President

Margaret Keeler

Corresponding Secretary

Jerri Nicole Wright

Board Member-at-Large

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