NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

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ADVOCACY 
REQUESTED
including saving
6 protected medication classes in Medicare D



Upcoming Events/Outreaches



See details
of upcoming NAMI
meetings and courses by clicking links below:




UPCOMING COURSES:


NAMI
Family-to-Family
Course

St. Francis of Assisi Church
145 Benkard Rd.
Newburgh

May 4-June 15 
(6 Saturdays-
no class on May 11)

9:30-3:30 p.m.

Call  845-956-6264 to register, class size is limited




On-going  Meetings:

NAMI Connection
a peer-led support group for adults living with a
mental illness.
No fee, no registeration
PLEASE NOTE: these meetings are on a temporary hold. We will post here when the weekly meetings will resume.


Mon., March 18
7 p.m. p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group
ORMC, Middletown
no fee
no registration


Thurs., March 21
7 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Together


Wed., March 27
6:30 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Plus
Social Group

Please RSVP
Peggy 342-2400
Ext. 1238


TUESDAY, April 2
6:30 p.m.
Please note:
new time and day
NAMI Family Support Group
(Goshen)

no fee
no registration


NAMI Education Meeting
April 8, 6:30 p.m.

Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with a Disability (MBI-WPD); and Medicaid
Spend-Down

RSVP 956-6264 or
 namiorangeny@warwick.net


Mon., May 6, 7 p.m.

NAMI FaithNet
St. Anastasia Faith Formation Building
21 North Main St.
Harriman, NY


Wed., May 15, 7 p.m

NAMI FaithNet
St. Paul Lutheran Church
21 Still Road 
Monroe, NY




June 19-22
2019 NAMI National Convention
in Seattle





 NAMI Presentations:

  -Ending the Silence

-In Our Own Voice

arranged by request

*Click on above
 links for details

 

Mental Health Conditions
as described at NAMI.org: click the above link to learn more about treatments and supports for a variety of mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and more

A mental illness is a condition that impacts a person's thinking, feeling or mood that may affect his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.

Recovery, including meaningful roles in social life, school and work, is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process.

A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple, interlinking causes. Genetics, environment and lifestyle combine to influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Biochemical processes and circuits as well as basic brain structure may play a role too.

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In other words, NAMI's position is that they do NOT want mental illness to be defined as a "brain disorder" or "brain disease".

  • Inherited traits. Mental illness is more common in people whose biological (blood) relatives also have a mental illness. Certain genes may increase your risk of developing a mental illness, and your life situation may trigger it.
  • Environmental exposures before birth. Exposure to viruses, toxins, alcohol or drugs while in the womb can sometimes be linked to mental illness.
  • Brain chemistry. Biochemical changes in the brain are thought to affect mood and other aspects of mental health. Naturally occurring brain chemicals called neurotransmitters play a role in some mental illnesses. In some cases, hormonal imbalances affect mental health.

as described in Mayo Clinic website

 

Recovery and Wellness

1 in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year. 1 in 20 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition to the person directly experiencing by a mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected.

Fifty percent of mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% of mental health conditions develop by age 24. The normal personality and behavior changes of adolescence may mimic or mask symptoms of a mental health condition. Early engagement and support are crucial to improving outcomes and increasing the promise of recovery.

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Mayim Bialik: #StigmaFree     

Being Stigma Free means learning about and educating others on mental illness, focusing on connecting with people to see each other as individuals and not a diagnosis, and most importantly, taking action on mental health issues and taking
the StigmaFree pledge.