NAMI-Wake County Celebration of Courage Luncheon


On April 16, Marianne Kernan, the founder and “volunteer” Executive Director of Linden Lodge, and husband General William Kernan, US Army Retired were the Keynote Luncheon Speakers at the Ninth Annual NAMI-Wake County Celebration of Courage Luncheon.

General William Kernan, US Army RetiredMarianne Kernan, Executive Director LLF

Marianne and “Buck” shared their courageous journey with their son, Keith, who lives with schizophrenia. As always, NAMI-Wake put on a great event with the goal of raising awareness of those struggling with a serious mental illness and their families.

General William F. “Buck” Kernan and his wife, Marianne, are two people who unselfishly give back to make the state of North Carolina and the lives of people with mental illness better. Their story is one of courage, hope and empowerment. Their journey underscores the fact that serious mental illness
is an equal opportunity illness. It can happen to anyone.

During this time, Marianne was involved in carrying out responsibilities as a commander’s wife for his troops
and their families. She was recognized with an Outstanding Young Women of America award, a public service award from the Department of the Army and a Presidential Citation for Public Service Award.

Gen. Kernan is a highly decorated officer whose military career included such prestigious assignments as commanding the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. He assumed command as the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic and Commander in Chief, United
States Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Combat tours have included Vietnam, Grenada, and Panama. During Operation JUST CAUSE, he led the 75th Ranger Regiment in its combat parachute assault onto Rio Hato. He retired from the Army on in 2002 and assumed the position of Senior Vice
President and General Manager for International Operations for MPRI,  a wholly owned subsidiary of L-3 Communications. He was recognized by NC Technology Association for his help in protecting NC’s $18 B military economy.

After settling in Pinehurst, NC, inspired by her son, Keith’s illness, Marianne became a volunteer advocate and teacher for classes to help families of people living with mental illness. She was recognized as the NAMI 2009 Advocate of the year and was recipient of the Governor’s Exemplary Volunteer Award. She is the immediate Past President of NAMI Moore County.


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Linden Lodge Supports C.R.O.P. Walk

On 22 March 2015, the Linden Lodge residents and staff members supported the local C.R.O.P. Walk in support of stopping hunger in the local community by participating in their Walk held in Southern Pines, NC and also collecting donations on behalf of eliminating hunger. Linden Lodge Supports C.R.O.P. Walk

It was a beautiful Carolina day and the afternoon was enjoyed by all – to include Maggie, the Linden Lodge “super pup” and Jake, the Kernan’s yellow Lab. After the Walk, a treat of lunch from McDonald’s was enjoyed by everyone – to include the canines!

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National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-to-Family Course

NAMI Moore County’s 2015

     Family-to-Family Course


Throughout our nation, millions of families struggle to cope with, and to care for, family members with serious mental illnesses.  These caregivers not only need–they also deserve–care, concern and comfort themselves; especially if  supportive measures are affordable and information offered is based on a firm foundation of scientific knowledge.


The Family-to-Family Course is so named because it represents outreach by veteran family members who bring to the classroom their experience, their empathy and their firsthand knowledge of care-giving.  This signature course of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is singular in scope, supported by scientific literature, and shown to significantly improve the lives of participants.  This superior program is recognized by having been listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs. Continue reading

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Activities – Old and New

“Bear Hugs” Project by Linden Lodge Foundation

Emilie & Christine amoung the bears

The Linden Lodge Foundation is initiating a project to help those children in our community that are in need – but especially in need of something that is warm, fuzzy, and would belong to them no matter where they reside.

Linden Lodge Foundation is a non-profit organization that solicits no federal or state money for the operation of Linden Lodge. We operate a 24/7 supervised residential programs for adults that are afflicted with a chronic mental illness. Our residents are very community oriented and are well aware of the discrimination of those with a disability – any kind of disability. Continue reading

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Linden Lodgers Are “Stigma Busters”‏

11th Annual Spelling Bee On Sunday, 8 February, from 2-4 p.m. the Linden Lodge Foundation residents, and their team the “StigmaBusters”  participated in the Moore County Literacy Council’s annual Spelling Bee fundraiser in Owens Auditorium at Sandhills Community College. Our goal is to raise awareness of the stigma surrounding mental illness and to help “bust it up”  for the good of all, and we did it!

The effort paid off and Linden Lodge WON the trophy for Best Costume!


The "Stigma Busters" Team2015 Spelling Bee Best Costume AwardThe LL Stigma Busters Take the Prize!

Linden Lodge residents were there cheering on Chris Laughlin Sr., Nadine Yingling and Marianne Kernan as they dressed in costume – a take off of  “The Ghostbusters” theme.

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McDonalds Chapel Hosts Pancake Supper

Shrove Tuesday Celebration was a Success!

Shrove Pancake Dinner

This special celebration marks the end of the Epiphany season and helps us ready our hearts and minds for the quieter more reflective season of Lent.

Shrove Tuesday gets its name from ‘shrove’, the past tense of ‘shrive’ – which means to obtain absolution for our sins by confessing and doing penance. It’s also known as Pancake Day because it was the last opportunity to use up luxury foods such as milk, sugar, eggs and butter before embarking on the Lenten fast. Pancakes were the ideal way of using up these ingredients (and yes, sadly, milk, sugar, eggs and butter are still regarded as luxury foods in the some parts of the western world).McDonald's Chapel Presbyterian Church

McDonald’s Chapel Presbyterian Church, located at 1374 Foxfire Road, Aberdeen, held a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper Sunday, March 1st, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the church fellowship hall.



Breakfast For Dinner

The menu included pancakes, sausage, harvest apples, juice, coffee and milk.

The proceeds benefited Linden Lodge.


Pancake Day

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U.S. Seniors Golf Association Highlights Linden Lodge Foundation

USSGA Senior’s Spouse –
Marianne Kernan

By Paul Galvani
Kernans with RumsfeldMany Seniors and their spouses are deeply involved in charitable endeavors. One such person is Marianne Kernan, wife of our esteemed retired four star general, Buck Kernan. Both spouses in this family spend their lives serving others. In Marianne’s case, after years of involvement with military service organizations, she founded in 2010 Linden Lodge Foundation, an all volunteer organization, in the Pinehurst, N.C. area. The Foundation’s sole mission is to operate and sustain a 24/7, 365 day residential home for those with mental illness. This home offers a unique residential and rehabilitation program to assist adults that are diagnosed with a serious mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depression, or PTSD. An assembled team helps individuals successfully maintain psychiatric stability, pursue educational opportunities, and find meaningful employment where possible. The home provides volunteer opportunities in the local community, and takes advantage of onsite recreational, art, and music therapies, in addition to physical fitness and wellness programs. Continue reading

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Yoga May Boost Cognitive Function in Schizophrenia

Yoga for Schizophrenia

Written by Dr. Minakshi WelukarDr. Minakshi Welukar

Yoga can be a useful complimentary treatment for those suffering with a serious psychiatry disorder like schizophrenia. Yoga brings significant symptomatic improvements and enhances the quality of life of schizophrenic patients.

Jesse at Yoga Class

Jesse, (L) a Linden Lodge Resident, enjoys Yoga.

Promising effects of yoga for physical and mental disorders are well known for a long time. Now this beneficial effect is also extended for management of a serious mental illness like schizophrenia. Continue reading

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Pete Earley, and Son, Interviewed on NBC Station


My Son Says: “If You Are Afraid To Tell Your Story, Stigma Wins”

Posted: 14 Jul 2014 02:01 AM PDT

peteinterviewWhen I wrote my book about mental illness and my family, I referred to my son by his middle name to protect his identity. Since its publication, Kevin has become a peer-to-peer specialist and an advocate for individuals with mental illnesses. We recently were interviewed by the local NBC station here. Kevin wrote about it on his Facebook page and when I read it, I asked if I could share it with you. I’m glad he said yes. We don’t agree on every issue but I greatly admire his courage in speaking out against stigma. 

By Kevin Earley

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Getting People With Schizophrenia To Accept Help

About half of people with schizophrenia don’t believe they are ill and don’t want treatment.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews Robert Cotes, MD, Emory University School of Medicine


Sanjay Gupta, MD, Everyday Health: How hard is this on families? What do families have to do in order to get their loved ones treatment?

Robert Cotes, MD, Emory University School of Medicine: It’s a real challenge for
families. I have heard a lot of people say that they are at the end of their

Dr. Gupta: Is it a question of violence? Is there violent behavior related with

Dr. Cotes: People with schizophrenia aren’t any more dangerous than anyone in the
general population. Oftentimes, people with schizophrenia are very fearful that
something is going to happen to them.
Continue reading

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