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Upcoming Events/Outreaches

See details
of upcoming NAMI
meetings by clicking links below:

free 12 week course

Call Dhanu 294-2749 to register for
next class starting
in the Fall
since class size
is limited

NAMI Connection
a peer-led support group for adults living with a mental illness held
every Friday

6-7:30 p.m.


Wed., April 26
MHA Family & Friends Plus
Social Group

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Please RSVP

Thurs., May 4
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group

no fee
no registration

Monday, May 8
6:30-8:30 pm
NAMI Orange Education Meeting
RSVP is Required
to Register

Thurs., May 18
MHA Family & Friends Together
Support Group
7 p.m.

June 28-July 1, 2017
2017 National
NAMI Convention

Register before
May 31 for
Early Bird discounted rate

2017 NAMIWalks NYS
Sat., Sept. 23
Jennings Landing,


NAMI Orange & MHA Meetings/Support Groups:

NAMI Orange education meetings are for families, people with a mental illness, providers, students, or anyone concerned with mental illness. Membership is not required in order to attend. All are welcomed and no registration is required. 
This education meeting usually has a guest speaker and is usually held the 2nd Monday of the month 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Orange County Department of Mental Health, 30 Harriman Drive, Goshen, NY 10924. 

If you are... Traveling East on NYS Route 17:
Follow NYS Route 17 East and take Exit 125. The Department of Mental Health offices are in the first building on your left as you exit from the highway. Make a left onto BOCES Dr., then an immediate right into the parking lot. It is a single story gray brick building with white trim. There is an orange and white sign on the lawn identifying the Department.

If you are... Traveling West on NYS Route 17:
Follow NYS Route 17 West and take Exit 125. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left. Turn left again at the traffic light. Go over the highway and make an immediate left onto Harriman Drive. Go straight past the BOCES Educational Center entrance, and down the hill. The Department of Mental Health offices are in the last building on your right just before you re-enter the highway. Make a right onto BOCES Dr., then an immediate right into the parking lot. It is a single story gray brick building with white trim. There is an orange and white sign on the lawn identifying the Department.

NAMI Orange Education Meeting


MONDAY, MAY 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Dept of Mental Health
30 Harriman Drive, Goshen 10924


Westchester Independent Living Center’s

Parent Training and Information Center


NAMI Orange County, NY

are proud to present

Housing Options for Adults with Intellectual, Developmental & Emotional Disabilities

Join us for an informative presentation and learn about current and potential changes to the housing market for adults with intellectual, developmental & emotional disabilities.

Presenter: John Maltby M.S., Director Community Support Network, Westchester Institute of Human Development

RSVP REQUIRED: To register, please click HERE or

Contact Denise Green at or 845-228-7457, x 1102

By providing information through this registration link, it allows for us to continue providing free informational programs to the community. Please do so from a computer, as link does not work from a tablet or smartphone.

This workshop is sponsored by Westchester Independent Living Center’s (WILC) Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC). WILC is a Core Community Partner funded by a contract with Starbridge Services, Inc. (formerly the Advocacy Center) in Rochester, NY through its PTIC grant from the United States Department of Education (H328M110020).

*Plan to come early (6:15 p.m.)
to have coffee, tea or hot chocolate
and view our lending library


  is a recovery support group exclusively for adults living with a mental illness that provides a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. The group is a peer-led support group (led by NAMI-trained facilitators who are in recovery themselves) who understand the daily challenges. The group is confidential-attendees may share as much or as little personal information as they wish. It is free of charge with no registration.

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Meetings are held every Friday from 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: The First Presbyterian Church,
33 Park Place, Goshen 10924





NAMI Connection meeting entrance


*The church meeting entrance door is across the street from Delancy's Restaurant on Park Place. Walk through the doors, then go down the stairs on your left to reach the meeting room.

Facilitator: Anil Sannesy
For more information, call NAMI Orange office at 845-956-6264 or 845-294-2749


is a structured support group for families, friends, partners and caregivers of adult (18+) loved ones with serious mental illness, schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, OCD, etc. which is offered through NAMI Orange.  Facilitators are trained by NAMI-NYS.

It meets the 1st Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Goshen, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924  

Facilitators: Dhanu and Catha; Linda and Sheila
For further information call Dhanu at 845-294-2749 or email

Next meeting date:  Thursday, May 4  at 7 p.m.
      (1st Thursday of the month)


 County Highway 108 is the older street name if you have an older GPS that does not recognize the street name of 73 James P. Kelly Way.
MHA Friends & Family meetings (3rd Thursday of the month) are held here, which is actually the Mental Health Association in Orange County Inc.'s office.
If coming from Dolson Avenue onto James P. Kelly Way, the office will be on the left. It is in line with Accucare Pharmacy.

MHA Family & Friends Together is a sharing and caring support group for families, friends and caregivers of adult loved ones with serious mental illness, schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, OCD, etc. which is offered through the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.  It provides a safe and compassionate environment for people to connect and share insights with other caregivers.
It meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Mental Health Association,      
73 James P. Kelly Way, Middletown, NY 10940
Call Peggy, Coordinator Family Support, Education and Advocacy at
845-342-2400 x1238 for information.

Next meeting date: 
Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m.

(3rd Thursday of the month)


MHA Family & Friends Plus Social Group

Family Support, a program of Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. (MHA) is proud to announce a new social group for families and their adult loved ones experiencing mental and/or emotional disabilities. The newly created group is an extension to the monthly Family and Friends Together Support Group for families of adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

The new social group is intended for people to relax, meet and make new friends while enjoying each other’s company in an informal and fun setting. Each gathering  will have a specific agreed upon topic of interest, such as music or martial arts.

The newly created group is usually scheduled to meet on the last Wednesday of the month at Mental Health Association, 73 James P. Kelly Way, Middletown, NY 10940.

Next Meeting Date: Wed., April 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
RSVP: 845-342-2400 x1238
*People are encouraged to bring
their own instruments, or favorite music to share.
Light refreshments and snacks will be served.


Refer to Other Support Groups listed on Resources





(Spring class has been filled)

Call Dhanu at 845-294-2749 to register for the Fall since class size is limited

Fall date to be announced

Family-to-Family Course is a free 12 session course (once a week) that is taught to family members or significant others who are caregivers of a person with serious mental illness by NAMI-trained family members. The weekly classes cover all aspects of mental illnesses, symptoms, medications, biology of the brain, problem-solving techniques, coping strategies and provide emotional support as well. It is appropriate for families only, not the person with the mental illness. It is offered once or twice a year and registration is required.
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924

NAMI Basics 


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NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.

You'll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they're getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.

The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you're going through because they've been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

Contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749 for more information about where and when this course will be offered locally.


Ending the Silence logo

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 free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the 50-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped. Contact Dhanu Sannesy, 845-294-2749, to arrange for this presentation to be given at your school by our NAMI-trained presenters.


 is a unique, educational program developed by NAMI in which 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.  Audience participation and discussion are encouraged and a brief video with a variety of stories accompanies the presentation.  By broadening people's knowledge of mental illness, we replace misunderstanding, fear and judgment with insight, awareness and acceptance. This program is ideal for human resource departments, health care providers, law enforcement professionals, faith communities, educators, students or any community or civic organization.  Call Dhanu 845-294-2749 for information or to schedule a presentation at a convenient site.

Emotions Anonymous

Emotions Anonymous is a support group program based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Support groups are volunteer-led, weekly meetings that follow a specific format and use materials that have been approved by the Board of Trustees of the organization. EA is not a religious or health-care organization. The International Service Center, with an office in St. Paul, Minn., manages information about the groups, keeps the website, publishes and sells the materials, and generally works to provide information and understanding about the EA program of recovery.

Weekly, beginning April 20th, Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Temple Sinai, 75 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940

(near the YMCA)

Contacts:    Brent 914-443-1173,    Doug 973-214-0343

* Suggested donation of $1.00 to defray rental cost

Families' Perspectives on Having a Loved one with Mental Illness is a presentation by family members about their loved ones with mental illness, the experiences they shared and how they coped, along with a short video. This is meant for providers of service. Call 845-342-2400  x1238 for information


Families Helping Families: a team of NAMI Orange volunteers that provides information and resources to the families of patients in the Behavioral Unit at Orange Regional Medical Center.
If you are a NAMI Orange member and would like to volunteer in this capacity, contact us at