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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-09-08

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Caring. Helping. Mental Illness.


Kadima...caring, helping adults and children tvith mental illness to move fomard in their lives.

Kadima...a new year

As the new school year starts, it is a
time of return to routine for many
parents and children. Routine
is often a comfort as it creates a
stable and predictable environ-
ment. For persons with mental
illness and their families, however,
the routine may be different.
These families frequently feel
trapped in a destructive routine
Dan Serlin, President
that is a frustrating and terrifying
experience; an experience that leeches away hope and leaves
only resignation. I have heard from many clients and their
families that until they found Kadima, they did not believe that
they had any options but rather a long, lonely journey ahead. I

often see families and clients with a wistful look on their faces
as they describe how they first came to Kadima. The story is
nearly always the same; the options and support provided by
Kadima were life-changing and provided a way to break out of
their destructive routines and to allow for the creation of new,
productive patterns.

introspection, I am filled with optimism as I ponder how
Kadima will grow and improve in the coming year. Kadima
will rise to meet the needs of its current and future clients
though its continued commitment to educating the community
and supporting those with mental illness and their families.
As President, I am committed to the idea that those who seek
help from Kadima will be able to break out of their routines
that lead to feelings of isolation and helplessness and live
richer and more fulfilling lives.

As I reflect on the past year, there is satisfaction in what Kadima
has been able to accomplish; a fully functional, award-winning
and growing program for children and adolescents. Twenty-five
fully occupied adult residential homes and a thriving support
services program that serves hundreds of individuals and their
families. The need, however, is ever expanding.

I hope than many of you will join us as we gather on September
13th for a night of laughter and music at our Annual Benefit, as
we celebrate the end of another successful year of serving the
needs of Michigan's persons with mental illness and the start of
an even better year to come.

When I think of the coming High Holidays and their mandated

The Onset of Mental Illness



Mental illness has no boundaries; it impacts one in five families
from the poor, to the wealthy, to the educated, to the illiterate.
People with mental illness are our neighbors, our friends,
our relatives and our co-workers.
They are young, they are old...they are part of our lives.

John — "My parents did treat me slightly differently after the (mental)
illnesses struck. I would describe it as being over protective and I think they
had less faith that I could manage my affairs on my own, without the help
of family, friends and mental health professionals. I felt in some ways like a
helpless child, but fortunately, things in my life improved dramatically when
I moved to my own apartment and found employment."

Jeffrey — "Today, after going through so much with my mental health
problems and drug addiction, I feel that my parents have learned to take
the bad with the good. They accept me for who I am and what I am, as
they always have and I hope and think they are willing to stand by me.
Kadima has helped mend our relationships a lot and will hopefully continue
to in the future. Kadima gives me things too, like responsibilities to take
care of and the ability to handle some things for myself. This helps me
further prove to my family that I am able and willing to get better from my
diseases of drug addiction and bi-polar."

Harold — "My ticket to this little (family) drama was a newly acquired
diagnosis which neither my family nor I understood. Whatever bi-polar
disease was, I only knew that somehow it and I were inseparable.
Deliverance came in the form of a small Jewish agency which simply calls
itself Kadima. Kadima provides an array of services to those affected by
mental illness and their families. One thing it provided my family turned out
to be the thing we needed most — hope. They showed us that caring is not
just a message on a letterhead. They showed us the community cares. Yes,
the challenge of mental illness is an ongoing battle to be sure. Yet, knowing
we are part of the solution for each other gives us the joy to move on."

Sept. 13, 2011


Kadima offers a monthly support
group for parents and family members
of children with behavioral and
emotional issues. The group meets
the fourth Tuesday of every month.
There is no fee for this service.

For information, please contact
Lisa Kaufman
248.559.8235, extension 104 or

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Biennial Educational Conference

November 4, 2011,
8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Anxiety in Children,
Teens and Young Adults:

Cutting Edge Research and Treatment

Keynote Speaker

Daniel Pine, MD,
Specialist in Childhood Anxiety

National Institute of Mental Health

Parent Advocacy Group


Bethesda, Maryland

Conference will focus on
key signs of anxiety
from childhood to
young adulthood;
treatment options; current
data on medications
and psychotherapies;
research on potential novel
treatments and therapeutics.

For information, contact
Leah Foltyn,
248-559- 8235, x123

CEUs available

JCC Book Fair - Save the Date

Kadima is sponsoring two books at the 60th Annual Jewish Book Fair.

"The Rules of the Tunnel, My Brief Period of Madness" by Ned Zeman

Friday, November 4, 2011, 11:30 AM
JCC West Bloomfield

"The Memory Palace, A Memoir" by Mira Bartok

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 5:00 PM
JCC West Bloomfield

www.kadimacenter.org .


September 8 • 2011


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