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Meet our members of the month for March 2021!
Timothy Lee
Tim Lee is the Board secretary for NAMI MetroWest, and has been a member since September 2014. In the 1980's, he was diagnosed with Schizophrenia, and it took many years for him to get stabilized on medication and recover. Tim joined NAMI some time after his mother, who was involved with NAMI, passed away. He wanted to keep abreast and aware of NAMI's resources and what they were doing.

Today, he also serves on the Boards of Advocates, Mass. Legal Assistance Corporation, and the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. He also volunteers for the Diversity Advisory Council at Advocates and the Human Relations Commission of Framingham. Tim works part-time for Advocates, refurbishing PC computers for their clients and group homes.

Tim says, to someone living with mental illness, do not give up, even when things may seem their darkest and worst. You have a chance at recovering and can/may well do so. It happened to me. Good luck to you.
If you would like to get in touch with Tim,

Timothy Lee
36 Raymond St., Fl. 1
Framingham, MA 01702
508-620-8920 (residence)
508-215-9048 (cell)

Meet our member of the month for February 2021!

Walter and Margie Linehan came to NAMI in 2011, when they were experiencing challenges with their 21 year old son. They took the Family-to-Family class upon the recommendation of a friend, and leanred much about mental health including: mental health conditions, medications, communication, and much more. Gradually, as their understanding of mental health conditions, medications, communication, and much more. Gradually, as their understanding of mental health grew and communication with their son improved, they became more active with NAMI and other mental health organizations. In the local NAMI affiliate, they co-facilitate the family support group and serve on their Board.

Eventually Margie became employed as the Outreach Coordinator at Employment Options Clubhouse- whose mission is to "empower individuals and their families to thrive in their community". Margie also serves on the Department of Mental Health Area Board and the Family Advisory Board with the University of Massachusetts. Both serve on the Board of the New England Personality Disorder Association out of McLean Hospital. 

Walter is also the Vice President of the NAMI MetroWest Board.
Here's to Walter and Margie!
My name is Ben Cortes, I am a NAMI Metrowest and Central MA board member. While participating in support groups at NAMI Central MA , Mr. Larry DeAngelo offered me to be part of the board of NAMI MetroWest with the purpose of integrating the Latinx community with NAMI . I am a retired bilingual ( Spanish/ English)State Social Worker. I am the father of an Iraqi war combat veteran " Craig " who came back from the war afflicted with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. As a loving/concerned Dad, I joined and received NAMI's support, understanding, education and advocacy through which I obtained self understanding and care for myself as well as for my son. Through it's free programs, NAMI helps / helped me on transforming my feelings of confusion, despair and panic into a knowledgeable and educated way to effectively behave, understand and communicate with my son and his mental illnesses. I presently contribute by facilitating family to family courses and support groups in Spanish and English. 

Mi nombre es Ben Cortés , soy miembro de la asamblea de directores de MetroWest y de NAMI central MA. Mientras que participaba en el grupo de apoyo de NAMI central MA ; el Doctor Larry DeAngelo me ofreció participar en la asamblea de MetroWest con el propósito de traer e integrar la comunidad Latina. 
Soy un trabajador social bilingüe ( inglés/ español) retirado del Estado de MA. Soy el Papa de Craig que sirvió En la Marina y combatió en la guerra de Iraq . Craig regresó de la guerra muy cambiado y a saber después de un tiempo que padecía de un desorden post traumático de la guerra . También recibió un diagnóstico de lesión cerebral traumática . Con concernimiento y en busca de respuestas y entendimiento de lo que pasaba con Craig ; me uní a los grupos NAMI de apoyo. Fue allí donde recibí apoyo, educación, representación, cuidado y entendimiento. Por medio de estos recursos NAMI me ayudó a transformar mis sentimientos, confusión , desespero , pánico ; en conocimiento educativo. De esta manera sigo aprendiendo a cómo manejar apropiadamente mi entendimiento para con las condiciones de mi hijo y de esa manera poder mejorar mi comunicación y mi manera de ser con el . Pues ahora yo ofrezco y facilito en español y en inglés los cursos NAMI de familia a familia . También actualmente facilito un grupo de apoyo en español los primeros Miércoles de cada mes de las 7 pm a las 8:30 pm.
 ¡Miembro del mes de Mayo!
Meet Ben Cortes!