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Word from the Campaign

Happenings at the Campaign

Community Calendar

July 2016

Word from the Campaign

Every month this space will feature the thoughts, reflections, and insights of an individual from the New Day Campaign community. This month we welcome a reflection from Alonzo LaMont, a 2015 New Day Campaign artist, a Founders' Circle member, and a member of our Advisory Board.

Advisory Board member and Founders' Circle member, Alonzo LaMont, speaks at the June 23 event

Right this minute I’m experiencing a profound happy joyfulness! Because I’m officially part of the New Day Campaign Founders' Circle. After participating in our June 23 Kick-Off at The Institute for Integrative Health, I find myself reflecting back on all the creative dynamics and energy that made the evening so memorable. All of the performances combined to make the synergy of the event soulful and revelatory. Dance, Spoken Word, Song, Performance Art, Music and Testimony all came out to play that evening. You may have missed out --- BUT --- you can still be a Founders' Circle member, and it will feel like the best contribution you could ever make.

By joining the New Day Campaign Founders' Circle, you’ll be able to witness the power behind your contribution. Our performances, our public engagement and our PURPOSE will touch you in such a personal manner.  You may find yourself traveling down the same road as me. Hearing the same inner voice say, “you’re making this happen. You’re making it real.” Deep inside you’ll know that you were part of creating this New Day Campaign. Part of the genesis. Your own happy joy awaits, my friends.     

Happenings at the Campaign

Images: (Top left) Spoken word artist Kondwani Fidel performs as part of the "Turbulent Waters" exhibition; (Top right) Freddy, a participating artist in Mosaic Community Services' Create for Recovery campaign, speaks as part of the "Candle Light" exhibition. (Middle) Artist Phylicia Ghee performs "Unfold;" (Bottom left) Vocalist Amorous Ebony performs; (Bottom right) Event participant experiences the "Just Breathe" exhibition;   Photo Credits: Nancy Nichols Jagelka

June 23 - What a Night!

On Thursday, June 23, the New Day Campaign took a big and festive step forward into the future with our 2016 kick-off event. The evening featured new programming and information about how to join the New Day Campaign's 2016 Founders' Circle.

The Founders’ Circle will raise the financial support needed to launch the operations and expansion of the New Day Campaign mission, vision, and values for years to come. Read below to learn more!

Over 200 people participated in the event, which was hosted by The Institute for Integrative Health in the perfect space for the rich offerings of visual art, performance art, music, information about local resources, artwork for sale, and personal testimonials from members of the New Day Campaign community about the struggles of living with mental illness and substance use and the hope that exists in art, recovery, and connection with others.  The evening ended with the world premiere performance of "Unfold" by New Day Campaign’s 2015 Resident Healing Artist, Phylicia Ghee. To see photos, visit our Facebook photo album!

Introducing the 2016 New Day Campaign Founders’ Circle.

The Founders' Circle is our 2016 fundraising effort, and we need your support. The Founders' Circle will raise the financial support needed to launch the operations and expansion of the New Day Campaign towards the future. Our goal is to raise $200,000 this year.

Join the Circle

  • For individuals: Financial contributions of all levels are welcome and qualify the donor as a member of the 2016 Founders’ Circle. Gifts may be made in memory or honor of a loved one, and will be recognized as such in perpetuity.
  • For organizations and institutions: Become a Founding Partner. For more information on how your organization can become a Founding Partner, email us.

What You Get

Go here to find out what individuals and organizations get for joining the Founders' Circle.

How to Make Your Donation

  1. Online: Go to
  2. By Check: Make a check payable to "NAMI Metro Baltimore" with “New Day Campaign” in the memo line and mail to: Attn: New Day Campaign, NAMI Metro, 6600 York Rd. Suite 204, Baltimore, MD 21212.

All donations go through our fiscal agent, NAMI Metro Baltimore, a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization. For more information, contact Peter Bruun.

Announcing Our First Founding Partners!

We are thrilled to announce that the following organizations have signed up as our VERY FIRST Founding Partners:
  • The Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation -The Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation is dedicated to supporting local and national programs that increase mental health awareness, strengthen suicide prevention efforts, and provide help and healing through the arts for those affected by suicide and mental illness.
  • National Council Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Maryland - NCADD-Maryland raises public awareness of alcoholism and drug dependence issues across the state, while working to ensure those affected by the disease of addiction have the resources necessary when accessing treatment and sustaining recovery.  
  • The Institute for Integrative Health - The mission of The Institute for Integrative Health is to catalyze new ideas in health, understand the complex network of factors that influence health, and promote the well-being of individuals and communities.
For information on how your organization can become a Founding Partner, email us.

Community Calendar

In this section we feature upcoming community events related to mental illness and substance use prevention, education, treatment, and support.

Tuesday, July 26 1:00-3:00 pm

Caucus for Addiction Solutions, hosted by Facing Addiction

At the Democratic National Convention
The Friends Center
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA

Facing Addiction will make history this summer during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia when it hosts the Caucus for Addiction Solutions.

REGISTER HERE. Special guests and panel members will be announced in early July.

Facing Addiction will also host a Recovery Wellness Room at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1001 Arch Street in Philadelphia. Hours will be 9 am to 5 pm daily Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28. There will be four all-recovery meetings each day that will also be open to the public.

To volunteer to staff either the caucus or the wellness room, contact Michael King.

In Case You Missed It

Here we share information about new resources and recent developments related to mental illness and substance use, to help the New Day Campaign community get informed and stay connected.

Maryland Reports 383 Overdose Deaths in Three Months; City's Numbers Drop 24%

The state health department released the first data on overdose deaths for 2016 last month, reporting that 383 people died from overdoses in the first three months of this year. This number has increased compared to the same time period in 2015, and has doubled since 2012.

The state's report illustrates the heavy toll of heroin and prescription opioids in overdose deaths, and the lethal effects of the use of fentanyl in illicit drugs. "We need people to choose treatment before their next craving for a high hits. These overdose data show it is just too easy to die from using drugs today. There’s no other way to read the data,” said Secretary of Health Van Mitchell in the Baltimore Sun on June 29.

There are signs of progress in the report: Some parts of the state, including Baltimore City, reported decreases in the number of overdose deaths last quarter. Baltimore's overdose fatalities decreased by 24% in the past year.

Read the article in the Baltimore Sun here.
Read the report from the Maryland Department of Health here.

Remember this Number if You’re in Baltimore: 410-433-5175

Baltimore City now has a centralized Crisis Information & Referral line that residents can call 24/7 for information about mental health and substance use services. Callers can also get information about health insurance eligibility and enrollment. Again, the number is 410-433-5175. For outreach materials about this resource or more information, contact Jen Haslam at Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore at or 410-637-1900 x7788.

The New Day Campaign is Featured in the Daily Record

Last month, the New Day Campaign was featured in The Daily Record.
For a PDF of the article or click here or click the image for a high-res version.
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