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End Discrimination Towards the Mental Health Community & Our Workforce

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,




    • Family Survival Handbook
      An excellent source for families-

      Included in the downloadable Family Survival Kit is a 54-page Family Survival Handbook, a collection of first-hand, practical information families spearheaded on how to work with mental health professionals, navigate the mental health system, and communicate with their loved one, as well as take care of themselves.
    • NYS Health Care Proxy 
      People with mental health conditions and those who are involved in their care (family, friends, healthcare providers, etc.) should work together to promote the increased use of this powerful instrument. The Proxy Law covers decisions to consent or refuse to consent to any treatment, service or procedure to diagnose or treat an individual's physical or mental condition. (Excerpt from Understanding the Basics-NYS Department of Health).  Specific wishes or limitations may be added to the optional section 4 in the NYS Health Care Proxy.
        • Mental and Emotional Wellness Resources (MEW), a new collection at the Albert Wisner Public Library, One McFarland Drive, Warwick. 845-986-1047.

          Rosemary Cooper, Library Director, reports that they have gathered in one place (the lower level) a special collection of materials pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness - and equally important -- to strategies to promote and sustain mental and emotional wellness.  The collection will provide information, support those on the journey from diagnosis to recovery, and emphasize wellness and helpful coping strategies to meet life's challenges -- with the ultimate goal of increasing mental health awareness and reducing the stigma often associated with mental illness.

          Included are books on specific mental health disorders, inspiring and enlightening biographies and autobiographies, and fiction titles, all of which address the impact of mental illness on people's lives.  Documentary and feature films, as well as free informative pamphlets and periodicals round out the collection. Digital resources also provide a variety of resources, including links to hotlines, to local, state and national mental health organizations, to advocacy and eductional resources and a sampling of the materials on mental health disorders in the book and DVD collection at the Albert Wiser Public Library.)

          Symbolized by the Green Ribbon, this collection was funded by a generous grant from The Albert Wisner Public Library Foundation and is dedicated to all who struggle with mental illness and the people who love and care for them

        • OnTrackNY is an innovative treatment program for adolescents and young adults (ages 16-30) who have had unusual thoughts and behaviors, or who have started hearing or seeing things that others don’t. OnTrackNY helps people achieve their goals for school, work, and relationships.

          Teens and young adults who live with mental illness can feel hopeless and alone. Many don’t know what’s wrong with them but feel like it’s their fault. Those who understand what is happening fear they can’t be helped. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, it’s often hard for those suffering and their families and friends to talk about what they’re going through. But help is available, and it works.

          The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. OK2TALK hopes this is the first step towards getting help and feeling better.

                *NAMI is one of the founding partners of OK2TALK.

        • NAMI Blogs (NEW) are resources for people who are interested in mental health. NAMI features the latest research, stories of recovery, ways to end stigma and strategies for living well.
                • Behavioral Health News
                  Behavioral Health News publishes a quarterly mental health newspaper available for viewing on-line as well as providing access to many years of back issues.

                • NYS Office of Mental Health
                  Many links including for mental health sites and OMH publications

                • Informational Pamphlets/Brochures
                  Many topics may be downloaded at NAMI-NYS

                • NYS Telephone Numbers
                  Knowing who to call for help is often half the battle when a mental illness impacts your family.

                • Partnership for Prescription Assistance
                  The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines by matching them with the right assistance programs. Many will get their medications free or nearly free.
                • Treatment Advocacy Center
                  The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating legal and other barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness. The organization promotes laws, policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

                • Mental Illness Policy   
                  Website (founder DJ Jaffe) has multiple links covering many subjects on medical and legal issues including:
                  • Criminal Justice
                  • Family Perspectives
                  • Consumer Perspectives
                  • Coping Tips
                  • Best Books
                  • Myths,Opposition and Impediments to Reform
                  • National  and State Legal Issues
                  • Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)
                  • Timeless Editorials and Op-Ed
                • NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
                  161 Delaware Avenue
                  Delmar, New York 12054
                  Information & Referral: 1-800-624-4143
                • Social Security Matters Blog  
                  Social Security is proud to introduce its newborn blog! We’re calling our new bundle of joy Social Security Matters, because this is where we’ll discuss the information that matters to you about our programs and benefits!

                • Family Support Toolkit - The family support toolkit is a resource to help those who work with parents with psychiatric disabilities understand their abilities and their needs. The document contains extensive technical assistance plus online resources and evidence-based parenting programs to empower providers to empower parents. Hundreds of parents and providers were interviewed to determine what information needed to be shared.

                  • Munchausen by Proxy or Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (FDIA)  
                    FDIA is the DSM-5 psychiatric disorder that describes individuals who persistently falsify illness in another even when there is little or nothing tangible for them to gain from the behavior. It is a compulsive behavior associated with a high degree of denial, akin to that of substance abuse behavior or an eating disorder. Factitious is from a Latin term which means "artificial". 
                    This link takes you to the web site of Cleveland Clinic for a description of FDIA, including symptoms and treatment.

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                              offered classes are as a free 12 session course that is taught to families and/or caregivers of persons with serious mental illness by trained family members.  The weekly classes cover all aspects of mental illnesses, symptoms, medications, biology of the brain, 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. Call NAMI-AMICO at (845) 956-6264 or Peggy at (845) 342-2400 x238 for more information.