The following resources are from NAMI-NYS website. "NAMI-NYS is proud to offer these resources to inform you on Cultural Competence and provide multi-media information in English and Spanish on mental illness in the African American, Hispanic, LGBT, American Indian and Asian American communities."
NAMI-NYS Multicultural Downloads
New York State Office of Mental Health’s Cultural Competence Resources
New York State Psychiatric Institute Center of Excellence Contains podcasts and an array of articles and reports on cultural competence
NAMI-NYS’s In Our Own Voice State trainer Lady Charmaine Day is featured on this episode of the radio show Rainbow Soul. The topic is Mental Health in the African American Community and also features author (and past NAMI-NYS Educational Conference presenter) Terrie Williams. (audio)
Reginald Richardson, Ph.D, of the Family Institute at Northwestern University discusses Mental Health of Men and Boys in the African American Community (video)
Terrie Williams: Black Pain (video)
The Dawson and Denise Show focusing on Mental Illness in Black Communities (video)
NAMI’s De Familia a Familia 11-minute video in Spanish about the De Familia a Familia Signature Program.
Information on Comunilife’s Life is Precious (La Vida Es Preciosa) program , the winner of the 2010 NAMI-NYS Multicultural Award. In English and en Español
Public Affairs Today: Ana Leon, Ph.D. discusses the importance of understanding the different Latino cultures when dealing with social work. (video)
Mental Health: a guide for Latinos and their families (video)
Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center
in Kingston, NY
The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center provides services, professional resources, and programs that support and unite the LGBTQ community across lines of age, race, gender, and economics. The Center strives for positive social change through advocacy, community education, cultural awareness, and wellness programs that assist in the creation, development, and growth of LGBTQ-affirming organizations, institutions, and culture.
300 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12402
Director of Programs & Services
Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders
LGBTQ National Help Center 888-843-4564
NAMI-NYS many downloadable resources regarding LGBTQ
NAMI Find Support/LGBTQ
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people ages 13-24
24 hour confidential suicide hotline 1-866-488-7386, or
On-line Chat and confidential text messaging - text "Trevor" to 1-202-304-1200
It Gets Better Project The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better and to dreate and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
Brooklyn’s Rainbow Heights Club, Executive Director, Christian Huygen (and past NAMI-NYS Educational Conference presenter) talks about the club and what it does. (video)
You Are Not Alone: LGBTQ Youth and Suicide from Safe Schools Coalition (video)
Brooklyn Independent Television’s feature on the Rainbow Heights Club (video)
American Indian and Alaskan Natives
Traditional Native American Practices for Substance Abuse Recovery (video)
Tribal Affairs (NEW)
SAMHSA addresses mental health and substance use issues among American Indians/Alaska Natives through the National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda and other initiatives.
A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness: American Indian and Alaska Native (NEW)
This guide enhances cultural competence when serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities. It covers regional differences, cultural customs, spirituality, communication styles, the role of veterans and older adults, and health disparities.
Office of Tribal Affairs (NEW)
SAMHSA’s Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy (OTAP) works with tribal nations and tribal groups to address behavioral health issues that impact Native people.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
NAMI's Multicultural Action Center produced this video on Asian Americans and mental illness (video)
This is the trailer to a 56-min documentary film "Can" which follows 37-year-old Vietnamese-American Can Truong's journey of healing from depression and bipolar disorder over a three-and-half year period (video)
The story of Amanda Wang's battle to become a boxer, overcome Borderline Personality Disorder and confront public stigma will serve as the first documentary to delve inside the reality of those living with this disorder (video)