Why? Do you keep
tearing me down
You say you
But, I can’t
Why? Do you keep
With your harsh words
Your bad insults
Me a liar, all
Why? Do you keep
Pain in my heart
I’m the enemy
Looking at me
With such hatred
In your eyes
How? Can you say
You love me
When, you keep constantly
Tearing me down
How? Could you say
To spend the rest
Your life with me
Make me your
When you don’t even
Why? Do you keep
-Poetry by DG
My Self Esteem by DH
My self-esteem was so very low
I tried to hide, but there was nowhere to go.
Ducking and dodging, just to stay out of sight,
Feeling Rejection from left to right.
So I crawl in a corner and sat on the floor,
Feeling rejection more and more.
Feeling empty like a broken shelf,
Being the worst pain of all I rejected myself.
I got on my knees and begin to pray,
Dear Lord please take this pain away.
Then I lifted my eye upon the sky,
The Lord spoked to me, and said rise my child,
Because you’re been living a lie.
D is for the determination to get us to keep going and be determined to get better
R is for responsibility for your actions and to take your medicine
K is for kind things she says and do
A is for absolutely, she makes everyone feel absolutely great
S is for her smile she puts on her face to let us know she cares
L is for the love she shows to the Nia staff and her patients
O is for the overall job she does with the Nia staff and patients
W is for willing, the willing things she will do to make us feel better
Dr. Kaslow you are the purpose of life and you make us feel that life is the purpose of living.
The Holy Ghost lives within me
Every day of my life
The Holy Ghost is my strength
My peace of mind, love, joy
Happiness and sanity
The Holy Ghost is the spirit
That I feel
When I am praising the Lord
The Holy Ghost is my comforter
In time of need, trouble, distress
Hurt and pain
The Holy Ghost is something
We should all have
To keep us safe
To keep us strong in our Faith
And trust God
And believe in God’s words
-Poetry by DG
The days and weeks are running into each other. I could be a day behind or a day ahead. This is what happens when your mind is constantly running faster than normal.
There are good, bad, ugly, and just terrible days. It can start off good but when your mind takes over and does what it wants, you suffer.
It’s hard having a mental illness, this disease is not easy on anyone. This is just a typical day of mine. I was afraid of admitting that I have this long term disease, but throughout the years I’ve learned a better and safer way of dealing with such a disorder.
When you have a network of support who will stick by your side and help you, that could be one of many things to make your life better.
By request of many of our Nia participants, we have organized a Fall 2016 special field trip event in collaboration with ABG. Please see below for details!
Atlanta Botanical Garden Event
Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 from 1pm-4pm
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue
Atlanta, Ga 30309
Please join us for:
*Snacks and Refreshments
Sign-up for your reservation at the Nia Office or ask your Group Leader or Group Helper for assistance.
~ A beautiful poem by Rev. Safire Rose
She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
By Jewel S P
I once thought a diagnosis of Schizophrenia or Bipolar was almost as bad as a death sentence, socially, emotionally, and personally. I was very apprehensive about its impact spiritually as well. Did this mean I had done something so terrible that God would want to take my mind?
As a Christian I believe in confessing it is word and affirming what the Bible says about me. I said the same confession frequently; “I have the mind of Christ, I hold the thoughts, feelings, and purpose of His heart”. Now with the diagnosis of Schizoaffective Disorder, that seemed far from the truth and I was very confused.
Two years ago hospitalizations were frequent. It seemed like my own mind was attacking me and I depended on doctors and medicine to keep me sane. I expressed to God that this was backwards and I should be depending on him solely for my sanity. I was barely hanging on and felt that God had failed me in this area.
Then one day when reading the Bible-the New Testament, God pointed out that Jesus travelled with Luke – a physician. I immediately repented because I realized that even He used medicine and doctors as a means of restoring me as well as His power.
I have not been hospitalized for over a year, I am able to work from home for “Unveiled Treasures” – an online Christian book store, and the store’s name speaks to how God sees me – as a yet unveiled treasure.
I thank the Nia Project for giving me back my self-respect, self-esteem, and most of all hope. My faith in God is renewed as I confess His word over my life and especially my mind. I am grateful for the two (medicine/doctors and spirituality) working together to give me a new lease on life. I am ecstatic about where God will lead me and look forward to working with the Nia Project until my whole being is restored. Once again, Thank you Nia, for giving me my dignity back.
The Grady Nia Project successfully hosted its Sixth Annual Fundraiser on May 1, 2016 at The Establishment, Midtown Atlanta. It was a wonderful event and witnessed more than hundred guests and a resounding response in the form of bidding to raise money for the clinical program. We are so fortunate that the Nia fundraisers are becoming increasingly successful over the years. Indeed, we are delighted to announce that this has been our more successful fundraiser till date. We would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to all those who graced the occasion with their presence as well as their generosity. Below are a few pictures from the event. A special thanks to Sallie Mack and her sweet family for all their help in making this fundraiser extra special. A big thanks to all our donors as well as the Nia team who worked so hard. An extra big thanks to The Establishment who selflessly provided the venue for us and for being extremely cooperative. We are thankful to Dr. Kaslow for establishing this wonderful and extremely needed program for suicidal men and women. Through Nia, Dr. Kaslow has taught and continues to teach a whole generation of psychologists how to be empathic mental health care providers who treat individuals with compassion and patience, two of the most vital things not routinely emphasized or taught in most curricula. Additionally, a big thanks to Dr. Dunn for serving this program as its clinical director and leading it to such success over the years.