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Walk Out of the Darkness: April at U-M

Events, News

The Mary A. Rackham Institute and its centers are participating in the U-M campus Out of the Darkness walk on Friday, April 7. All are welcome and invited to participate — either in walking or in helping support the cause via a “virtual” walk fundraiser. Mental health advocacy group Active Minds will host the event in conjunction with the American …

A Caregiver’s Perspective: ‘I didn’t know if he would ever speak to me again’

Caregiver, Success Story

Debbie Furman’s husband Mark had a stroke and subsequent aphasia. The Furmans, from Poland, Ohio came to UMAP in 2016. Debbie, his caregiver, submitted the following essay during the final days of their session at UMAP here in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before Mark’s stroke, I had never heard of the word aphasia. But I sure learned quickly. At first Mark …

Former UMAP Client Rebecca Ferris’s Story on Why Is This Happening

Success Story

Rebecca Ferris, a former client at the University of Michigan Aphasia Program, has continued to improve and succeed in her life. Rebecca continues speech therapy at Calvin College, doing group and individual therapy. Additionally, since Fall of 2011 she has volunteered to help the other clients with aphasia in the group therapy. Additionally, Rebecca is very involved in her church, …

Louis Smith: A Powerful Passion

Success Story

“Nearly 200 people jumped to their feet…I was so proud.” – Dr. Krainen A Tough Prognosis Louis Smith is a world-renowned jazz trumpeter. Smith has played internationally with many famous groups and individuals in the jazz music community, including Miles Davis, Count Basie, and Thad Jones. In 2005, Smith suffered a stroke. After his doctors gave a disheartening prognosis, and …

Mental Health Awareness Month: Group Therapy Testimonials

News, Uncategorized

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Not only is this month about building public recognition of the importance of mental health but also to inform people of what they can do to better their mental health and to celebrate the successes of those who already have. We want to thank several clients for participating in our group therapy and for helping …