Educating, Supporting, and Breaking Down Stereotypes of the Mentally Ill and their Caregivers.

Meet Sally Damm, New BEP Board Member

By BEP | Jun 17, 2017

BEP is pleased that Sally Damm has chosen to volunteer her expertise by serving on our Board of Directors. Sally brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, which you may read more about on her website. We recently asked her some questions, and would like to share Sally’s answers: Why did you decide to join…

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Bridges of Hope

By BEP | Jun 10, 2017

Photo Credit: “Bridges” (CC BY 2.0) by chefranden Several years ago, National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) created a 40-minute Powerpoint presentation titled “Bridges of Hope” with the goal of presenting it to faith-based communities. “Bridges of Hope” was created to educate faith communities about mental illness so that they can create stronger safety nets and welcoming communities…

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Our Story

By BEP | Jun 4, 2017

Photo Credit: “When you think of mental illness, is this what you see?” (CC BY 2.0) by JenXer   Even as a very small child, our daughter required special attention and was very strong-willed.  When she was three years old, her biological mother noted in writing before her death from breast cancer that she was going to be…

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JUNE: Upcoming Events

By BEP | May 28, 2017

“Calendar*” (CC BY 2.0) by DafneCholet NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group June 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m. This monthly support group is for people with Mental Illness and meets the first Monday of each month in the Hospital Board Room, Brookings Hospital, 300 22nd Ave., Brookings SD. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Caregiver Support Group June 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Faith Reformed Church, 1330 Main Ave. S., Brookings…

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Housing for the Mentally Ill

By BEP | May 21, 2017

“house” (CC BY 2.0) by yukari H   Housing for the Mentally Ill was the driving issue for the formation of the Brookings Empowerment Project back in 2007. In our community, caregivers for mentally ill family members were coming to Brookings NAMI, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, asking what was going to happen to the…

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Our Story: Craig and Colleen Pahl

By BEP | May 7, 2017

Our Story I am Craig Pahl, President of Brookings Empowerment Project. My wife, Colleen, and I have a daughter that has been dealing with tragic abusive events which occurred  very early in her life.  In addition, she was introduced to drugs and alcohol at an early age. This combination and the resulting low esteem contributed…

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Please Meet the BEP Executive Committee

By BEP | Apr 30, 2017

  Please meet members of the Brookings Empowerment Project Executive Committee, pictured above (L-R) Mary Oneill, Vice President; Lowell Haag , Treasurer; Judy Karen, Secretary; Craig Pahl, President; and Kathleen Hollemann, Past President. The current officers were elected at the 2017 Annual Membership meeting by the entire membership of the organization.   The Executive Committee…

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