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Not losing MH beds to Coronavirus

Would you be interested in becoming a NAMI Orange board member?
If so, contact our office at 845-956-6264
or email
to learn about the application process

Upcoming Events/Outreaches


Join "Team Up for Hope", NAMI Orange & NAMI Sussex

Register for any or all of 4 webinars held everyThursday in October at 7 pm

View the details of each webinar regarding mental health issues, substance use, suicide 

 NAMI Orange Virtual Education Meeting

*Open to the Public

Monday, November 9
7-8 pm

Darcie Miller:

Impact of Corpnavirus on Mental Health & Substance Use Challenges

Click above for details


Virtual NAMI Family & Friends
Tues, Nov. 17
7-8:30 pm
Sat., Nov. 21
10-11:30 am

NAMI Homefront

Register now for
6 virtual classes
in Oct/Nov
Be sure to observe the time zone

Virtual NAMI 

Jan. 2-Feb. 20, 10 am-1 pm
8 consecutive Saturdays

On-going  Support Groups:

NAMI Connection*Offered online through
NAMI Orange
starting 1st & 3rd Thursdays in November
Nov. 5 & 19,
7-8:30 pm

Email to register at



*Offered online through
NAMI Sullivan Mondays, 7 pm


*Offered online through

Tuesdays, 5 pm


*Offered online through NAMI
2nd Friday
of month 
6:30 pm


NAMI Connection
a peer-led support group for adults living with a
mental illness.
No fee, no registration
unfortunately these meetings held in Goshen will not be able to resume until a later date, but online is available-
see above



presented by NAMI Orange
Click here for details

1st & 3rd Mondays
6:30-8 pm

Register: Call Dhanu at 845-294-2749, or

with name, address, phone # and email

For ongoing Family
Support Group Meetings, click here
for Zoom meetings thru NAMI Sullivan
3rd & 4th Tuesdays
6:30-8 p.m.

NAMI Rockland,
click here for support groups including
Family Support
in Spanish
Thursdays: 3-4 pm
Virtual Support meetings for Parents of Children, Teens and Young Adults
Thursdays: 6-7 pm


Virtual Self-Injury Learning Collaborative 
Thursdays: 4 pm
Mental Health Empowerment Project

NAMI-NYS Education Conference

Oct. 23 & 24

This event
is free!

Own Voice


NAMI Presentations:

Both programs are arranged by request

Click on links below for details

  -Ending the Silence
is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs. Through this classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition.
*3 types of presentations are available: for students, for staff and also for families

-In Our Own Voice
trained presenters who are in recovery from mental illness share compelling personal testimonies about their experiences of living with and dealing with the challenges posed by mental illness.

Children of Parent(s) with
Mental Health Issues

BOOK: I’m Not Alone: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has a Mental Illness focuses on the teenager’s experience of living with a parent who has a serious mental illness, with particular attention to depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. The reader learns about the causes of mental illness, common symptoms of each disorder, the role of mental health professionals, and treatment options. A variety of educational techniques are used throughout the text including stories, poems, inspirational quotes, and key lessons. Part Two normalizes the teen’s experience of a wide range of emotions and teaches effective coping tools. The reader then identifies his/her personal support system and weighs the pros and cons of sharing personal information with trustworthy friends. Throughout the book readers are encouraged to respond to questions, to consider hypothetical scenarios that may resonate with their experiences, and to reflect on their feelings via journaling. Part Three includes frequently asked questions, a glossary, and an extensive resource list. This practical, reassuring book connects with readers so they feel informed, in control, hopeful, and not alone.

"A highly informative and remarkably sensitive book that provides children of parents who have a mental illness with easily accessible information and compassionate support that will make their difficult journey easier. This book provides a tremendous amount of information about mental illness and convincingly informs the readers that their confusion and feelings are not an indication that there is something wrong with them - but rather that they are dealing with extraordinarily difficult circumstances that are not of their own making. It is essential that this book be made available to teens dealing with mental illness in the family. It could make all the difference in the world." (Fred Sautter, Ph.D., Tulane University Health Sciences Center.)

The following websites have a lot of helpful information, but some information (finding local services) will not apply since they are not located in the United States

Children of Parents with Mental Illness (COPMI)   
Australian Website



My Parent Has a Mental Illness


Build Your Coping Skills


When a Parent Has a Mental Illness

UK Website

When Your Parents have Mental Illness: 
Healing Childhood Trauma

from a NAMI Blog in February 2018

Coping with My Mom's Mental Illness

by Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD
article on

from Psychology Today

Growing Up With a Mentally Ill Parent: 6 Core Experiences

10 Ways Children of Mentally Ill Parents
Can Break The Cycle

    TEXT for TEENS     
offered 24/7

text 845-391-1000
Provides teens with confidential text line for information, referral and “chatting” 
Offered through Mental Health Association
in Orange County Inc.

Invisible Children's Project
through MHA in Orange County, Inc.


Family case management for adults with a psychiatric disability and their children.

Provides training, educational supports and 24 hour crisis intervention. Supported housing available through HUD Shelter Plus Care grant; must be homeless.

Respite program provides child care for consumers who have a psychiatric disability and are part of the MHA and Crystal Run Village Invisible Children's project. Services are also available to additional agencies on a sub-contract basis.


From the Parents' Perspective:
When a Parent has a Mental Illness

from Mental Health America Website