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April Newsletter

March 29, 2013 • JAK's Place

The latest NAMI Doorways is hitting snailboxes already. Flowers are peeking out between old snowbanks, and most of us have missed seeing the first robin of spring (I mean, how do we know it’s the first anyway? Only some unlucky worm knows for sure).

There is a small error in the calendar that was sent to CSP; we will not be closed on the first of April. Kind of an accidental April Fool’s joke. There definitely will be Tai Chi and Yoga, too.

Though winter is over, it’s still cold enough to need a quilt at night. The Quilting Ladies of Holy Name of Mary Chuch, Maplewood, donated one of their productions to JAK’s Place. It’s not as elegant as our raffle quilt, but very warm and cozy. Anyone in need of covering can claim it.

NAMI Doorways – April 2013 (PDF)

April 2013 Calendar (PDF)

The Film Group is picking up momentum. Our moviemakers are considering entering Tech Soup’s Digital Storytelling contest. Anyone is welcome to join the group, whether or not they have a camera or a computer. The JAK’s computers are available for use by the group as well as for general computer learning purposes. The software of choice for video editing is Wax, from www.debugmode.com. It is free, and while much easier to learn to use than many other video editors, is capable of producing pretty slick videos.

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Video about Suicide and Depression

May 25, 2012 • JAK's Place

From TV station KCPT in Kansas City, Missouri, an awesome video:

http://kcpt.org/blog/2012/03/20/the-local-show-march-22-2012/

It covers important mental health issues thoroughly in only half an hour.

Depression is a far more serious problem than most people realize. Denial and stigma keep people from seeking help, too often resulting in suicide.

Mental illness is going to happen. It is as much a part of our lives as bruises, slivers, and colds. But suicide can be prevented — if we can be aware that there is a problem.

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