Indiana Parenting Institute Kicks Off 10th Annual PAMI

On the morning of April 1, Indiana Parenting Institute, IPI, launched the 10th annual Parenting Awareness Month Indiana (PAMI) initiative with their PAMI Breakfast at The Centennial at 504 in Gary. The special guest of the morning was Indiana First Lady Karen Pence who, during her time as First Lady of Indiana, has served as an advocate for children and families across the state. Special presentations were also made by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Gary Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. In attendance were representatives from many local organizations as well…continue reading →

Children are the Future in Indiana

The future of Indiana was the focus of the breakfast event launching the 10th annual Parenting Awareness Month Indiana (PAMI) on April 1. The event was put on by Indiana Parenting Institute, IPI, which, for the past 10 years, has kept the idea that the children are the future at the forefront of its work and programs. IPI is a nonprofit organization that works with other organizations and individuals throughout Indiana to help create more responsible, involved parents. The PAMI Breakfast featured several notable speakers, including Indiana First Lady Karen Pence, Gary Mayor…continue reading →

IPI’s PAMI Event “Women Unleashed” Enlightened and Empowered Attendees

The Indiana Parenting Institute held their closeout 2016 PAMI (Parenting Awareness Month Indiana) event on Tuesday, April 27. This "Chat & Chew" event focused on women’s mental health and success, with the theme "Women Unleashed!" The Program Host was Eddie Melton, who serves as Manager of Governmental and Community Relations for NIPSCO. Amy Brinkley, Director of the Gary Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), spoke about her passion to advocate for mental illness awareness. Having two brothers who committed suicide, one who was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia, she is dedicated to…continue reading →

“Can I be a Mom if I have a Mental Illness?”

May is Mental Health Month. At the PAMI (Parenting Awareness Month Indiana) event held by IPI (Indiana Parenting Institute), Amy Brinkley, Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Gary, IN, shared the story of a woman she just met last week. The woman agreed to write out her story about having a mental illness and becoming a mom. The woman got out of an abusive relationship when she was 23 and was diagnosed with Situational Depression and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). She wondered, "Was I, a person with a mental illness,…continue reading →