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Albany Rally
Action Alert
Wed., March 21 11 a.m.


Upcoming Events/Outreaches

See details
of upcoming NAMI
meetings by clicking links below:

free 12 week course
Call now to register for NAMI F2F (since class size is limited)

Starting Tues, Apr. 3 
at First Presbyterian Church in Goshen
Call Marcy 258-8240 now to register


Starting Tues, May 8 
at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Newburgh
Call Dhanu 294-2749
now to register

NAMI Basics

free 6 week course starting Tues, June 3
in Goshen
Call Dhanu 294-2749
to register now 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.

no fee,
no registration

Mon., March 19
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group
Conf. Room #7

No fee,
no registration

Wed., March 28
6:30 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Plus
Social Group

Please RSVP
Peggy 342-2400
Ext. 1238

Wednesday, April 4
10-2 p.m.
SUNY Orange
Health Fair

Thurs., April 5
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group

no fee
no registration

NAMI Education Meeting
Mon., April 9

Topic: Co-ocurring Disorders

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


Thurs., April 19
Y2Kids: Careers from A to Z for Middle School students/parents

Thurs., April 19
Monroe Woodbury Health Fair for H.S. students & staff


Thurs., April 19
7 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Together
Support Group

Sunday, May 6
2 p.m. 
Thrall Library
Play presentation about Depression, Suicide perfomed by
Lori Schneider
$20 admission

2018 NAMI National Convention
in New Orleans
June 27-30, 2018

 NAMI Presentations:

  -Ending the Silence

-In Our Own Voice

arranged by request

*Click on above
 links for details


Hudson Valley Mental Health Toolkit Kickoff

Article from the Poughkeepsie Journal
John Ferro: 845-437-4816,,
Twitter: @PoJoEnviro

Group begins effort
to wipe away mental health stigma

Anil Sannesy

In quiet but confident tones, Anil Sannesy spoke of the stigma associated with mental health illness.

Sannesy, a 35-year-old Middletown resident, has battled with mental illness and now serves as a volunteer with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

"When you are young, you don’t recognize the stigma," he said. "In the very beginning, it starts off as negative attention. And later on you feel degraded and it kind of weighs down on you."

A local group is launching an effort to change that. The first of several meetings in the Hudson Valley and the Southern Tier were held Thursday (December 15) to develop guidelines, tips and other resources for health professionals, law enforcement, school officials and others.

HealthlinkNY, a state-funded nonprofit, is seeking to wipe away the shame and fear that too often shroud the suffering and impede recovery.

"If you have a friend or family member who is diagnosed with cancer, the outpouring of support that the community gives is just incredible," said Phillip Ginter, the group's director of community initiatives. "When you hear someone has depression from an anxiety disorder, you don't get that same kind of response."

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all ages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the second-leading cause among people between 15 and 34 years old.

Dutchess County has the second-highest suicide rate in HealthlinkNY's seven-county Hudson Valley region with 10.1 self-inflicted deaths per 100,000 people. In Sullivan County, the number is 18.2 per 100,000.

The mid-Hudson region's rate is 8.1, slightly below the statewide rate of 8.2.

Three of the five Southern Tier counties that the group represents exceed the state rate — Delaware County (18.6 per 100,000), Broome (11.8) and Tompkins (10.7) leading the way.

Life expectancy for patients diagnosed with severe mental illness, Ginter said, is reduced by as much as 25 years.

Often, the most significant barrier to getting mental health services, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, is the notion that the stigma is external.

"The stigma," Molinaro said, "is us. We as individuals need to look internally and accept that behavioral health is the same as physical health and community health."

In the coming months, HealthlinkNY will convene meetings and develop an "anti-stigma toolkit." The toolkit's content will depend on the input the group receives.

Ginter said he expects the project to be completed within 12 months.


Individuals and organizations wishing to take part in the development of the anti-stigma toolkit can contact HealthlinkNY's Hudson Valley Program Manager, Victoria Reid, or 845-896-4726. Those in the Southern Tier can contact Southern Tier Program Manager Jessica Krohn at or 844-840-0050.

Web site:


Understanding What Causes Stigma