2nd Thursday Seminars

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The NAMI St. Louis Brown Bag Lecture Series is held the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Location: Maryland Heights Community Center
2300 McKelvey Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM

The Community Center is located at Dorsett Road and McKelvey Hill Drive.
From Hwy. 270 take Exit 17 to Dorsett Road, go west and take a right on McKelvey Hill Road.

Bring your lunch and we will provide the drinks and cookies when you RSVP using the link below or by calling our HelpLine at 314-962-4670.

Are you interested in being a speaker or know someone interested in speaking at our 2nd Thursday Seminar??
Please contact Heather Richardson at hrichardson@namistl.org.

Upcoming Topics:


August 8, 2019

Topic: Skills Building: Positive Family Interactions

Speaker: Sherry Webster, NAMI St. Louis Family & Professional Educator

Sherry Webster has been a professional educator and a NAMI St. Louis Family-to-Family Teacher for many years.  Helping professionals understand the needs of those with special needs and helping families understand how to bring positive understanding and coping techniques to their personal lives has been a commitment of many years. Come receive the benefit of her experience in a discussion that will focus on the pragmatic, positive interaction tools that facilitate wellness for both the loved one who is ill and the family that supports him or her.  Please join us for this important discussion and bring your questions on this subject.

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September 12, 2019

Topic: Is Your Head On Straight? Improving Brain Function in Those with Mental Illness

Speaker: Robert A. Arnone

Description of Presentation:Robert A. Arnone is a National Board Certified Doctor licensed in the state of Missouri who specializes in head & neck injury and the many neurological problems that may result.

Focusing mainly on the upper cervical spine which is directly related to the lower brainstem and upper spinal cord to allow the brain to receive adequate & continuous nerve transmission & help facilitate proper brain function.

This area has also bee found to be a major influence in regards to blood flow, oxygen and cerebral spinal fluid flow into and out of the brain & head. Many of these conditions have responded quite favorably to this sensible method of healthcare: Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Schizophrenia, Tourette’s, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Various Addictions & Eating Disorders. This specific work is technically not a treatment for any of these or any other health condition per se, as much as it is an effective method at taking pressure or tension off of the area (brainstem) that runs the brain. When the pressure or tension has been alleviated, the brainstem can better do it’s job and in turn the brain can once again function more efficiently, more at ease, so that improvement at least to some degree can be expected as a result. Those in attendance are guaranteed these 3 takeaways:

  1. What you will learn has the potential to change your life for the rest of your life.
  2. What you will learn has the potential to change the lives of everyone you know for the rest of their lives.
  3. What you will learn has the potential to change the lives of everyone you will ever meet for the rest of their lives.

Yes, that’s a pretty bold statement, but if you pay attention by the end of the presentation, you will know how that is entirely possible.
So bring your family & friends and an open mind ready for learning some valuable information.

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October 10, 2019

Topic: Wellness Tips Just for You

Speaker: Mrs. Dion McNeal-Lucas

Description of Presentation: Mrs. Lucas will be providing self-care tips from her published books to help people manage stress at school, home, and on the job.  Participants will also be encouraged to download a free suicide prevention SPEAK app, receive stress management tips from her published books, and take advantage of NAMI’s free mental health resources to decrease the suicide rates in our communities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Personalize a Wellness Plan
  2. Mental Health Awareness
  3. Stress Management Tips

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November 14, 2019

Topic: Everything You Need to Know about Social Security including Social Security Insurance (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD)

Speaker: Dennis W. Fox, Attorney-at-Law

Description of Presentation: St. Louis Social Security Disability Attorney – Dennis Fox represents individuals seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) and SSI (Social Security Income.) He will discuss how to go through the difficult process of qualifying for them and will be happy to answer all of your questions.

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December 12, 2019

Topic: Caring for Parents – Plan now or React later?

Speaker: Nalini Mahadevan, Attorney-at-Law

Description of Presentation: The focus of the presentation is why proper planning is essential regardless of your net worth.  What are the steps when loved ones are facing mounting health care costs? In this session, we will discuss savings tools e.g. Special Needs Trust, ABLE Account and Parent Protection Trust. We will also cover ‘your rights’ on adult guardianship, health care directives, power of attorney, wills and trusts.

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