You Can't Know What No One Has Told You: My Story - Battle Plan of Hope to Recovery & Advocacy

Dates: March 5, 2020

Meets: Th from 9:00 AM to 12 N

Location: MidSOUTH LR Plaza West - 8th Floor Room #855


Pre-register by clicking on "Enroll Yourself" above.  Classroom attendance is limited.  If you do not see the "Classroom" option listed as a Course Option, then the classroom is full and only Livestream registrations remain available.  For the livestream, please go to on the day of the training and make sure you sign-in using the button below the video player in order to receive credit.

The goal of this workshop is to offer a presentation from the family/caregiver perspective of traveling the unknown journey of caring for someone who lives with a mental health condition, learn about education and support available, the contagious illness of stigma and how to treat it, what it’s like to have real empathy and how to advocate, bringing mental health awareness to our young adults and a brief overview of what our law enforcement are learning through CIT training. The workshop will provide a list of education programs available online and in person class presentations for not only those that live with a mental health condition but also the caregiver to remove guilt, stigma and advocate for their loved one encouraging hope and recovery. The workshop will provide information about family support group meetings in Arkansas and volunteer opportunities to expand groups for families and those that live with a mental health condition. Beca! use mental health matters to young adults learn how to partner with NAMI Arkansas and start a NAMI on Campus Club at local high schools, college or universities and how to obtain a grant to bring the presentation of Ending the Silence and other educational programs to your schools. A brief overview of Act 423, CIT Training, and Crisis Stabilization Units (CSUs) in AR and will be presented. Throughout the course real life experiences learned will be shared, how advocacy brought about change and how education recently helped a mother take action to potentially save many lives in Arkansas and Texas to include her own son! “You can’t know what no one has told you” - so please join us to be “in the know” sharing with others to make a difference in your community and in our state!

Fee: $0.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)LIVESTREAM$ 0.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Classroom$ 0.00

MidSOUTH LR Plaza West - 8th Floor Room #855

415 North McKinley, Suite 855
Plaza West Building, 8th Floor
Little Rock, AR 72205


Marquitta Magnini

Marquitta Magnini is a resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas. She has a passion to bring hope to families who travel the traumatic and stressful unknown journey of mental illness with their loved one. Her own experience of 34 years with her father and 19 years with her son’s mental health condition led her to the National Alliance on Mental Illness - Arkansas (NAMI-AR) organization in 2001 where she learned the importance of a family member and the role they can play in the education of caregivers and advocating for their loved one who lives with a mental health condition. Marquitta has spoken from several media platforms to educate and advocate for families at both the local, state and federal level along with her son at the federal level. In September 2018, Marquitta joined former Rhode Island US House of Representative, Patrick Joseph Kennedy, also a mental health advocate, at the Rally to Preserve Mental Health in Arkansas to bring about awar! eness of changes in the Arkansas mental health system. She recorded a podcast for The Stakeholders in Treatment, Research and Recovery (STARR) Coalition about the journey with her son. Her story is published in The National Alliance for Caregiving, May 2019 National Report, Paving the Path for Family - Centered Design: A National Report on Family Caregiver Roles. Marquitta was the recipient of the 2010 Pine Bluff Arsenal (PBA) Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award for her work at NAMI Arkansas and assistance provided to PBA families. Marquitta speaks on behalf of Family Perspectives and Cultural Awareness at the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training given to law enforcement officers across the state under Act 423. She is a state trainer for the NAMI AR Family to Family (F2F) Course and Family Support Group (FSG) Facilitators as well as co-facilitates both herself. She has appeared on the local AETN program following the PBS Special, Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental I! llness as one of the expert panelists examining adult mental h! ealth issues. Marquitta is the Chapter President for the affiliate NAMI Hot Springs, AR. She attends her local Community Mental Health Court to assist families when they find themselves involved with the court system as well as serving on other local county task forces such as Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, and Suicide Prevention to include setting up NAMI AR vendor tables at various type of events across the state of Arkansas. Marquitta represents Arkansas serving on the Consumer Advisory Board for the Study to Promote Innovation in Rural Integrated Telepsychiatry Research Project. Her most recent projects are starting NAMI on Campus Clubs at local colleges and high schools with a drive of passion to start them in all schools across the state of Arkansas. Marquitta had a long career as a civilian federal government employee spanning over 40 years and presented many awards. Her role was expanded after 911 to care for the unexpected arrival of troops and was awar! ded the Yellow Rose of Texas in 2003 by the former Texas Governor Rick Perry. But most of all she is proud to be a mother of two successful and caring children and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, boating, family and friend gatherings at her home and active in her church, Piney Grove United Methodist Church!


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