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Would you be interested in becoming a NAMI Orange board member?
If so, contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email
to learn about the application process

Upcoming Events/Outreaches

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



in Newburgh on Saturdays for 6 weeks, starting
Sat., Jan. 4,
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
(O'Connor Hall)
145 Benkard Ave.,
Newburgh, NY 12550

Pre-register now
Call Dhanu
845-294-2749, or
office 845-956-6264


On-going  Meetings:

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

Check out NAMI Connection in Sullivan County

Mon., Nov. 25

6:15-8:30 p.m.
NAMI Orange
Annual Meeting

including vote for Board of Directors by the membership

RSVP Requested

Mon., Dec. 2

Holiday Party for members and their families; and NAMI Orange invited guests
RSVP required

Mon., Dec. 16
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group
ORMC, Middletown
no fee
no registration

Tues., Dec. 3
6:30 p.m.
NAMI Family
Support Group

First Presbyterian Church in Goshen

 NAMI Presentations:

Both programs are arranged by request

Click on links below for details

  -Ending the Silence
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 classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition.
*3 types of presentations are available: for students, for staff and also for families

-In Our Own Voice
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.



Suicide Prevention logo

“If you are looking for a sign not to kill yourself, this is it.” – Unknown

If you are looking for a sign to stay alive, consider the above quote your sign. Whether you know it or not, the world needs your talents and unique inner gifts. You have the opportunity to make some sort of positive difference in this world.  If you were looking for a sign from God, the Universe, or an Angel to continue living, consider this your sign.  Sometimes a simple sign letting you know that someone cares and wants you to keep living is all that you need.
quoted from mentalhealthdaily

September 2015 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - See more at:

September 2015 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - See more at:

Suicide Support Group

  • You Matter   

    Excerpt from You Matter: "You Matter is a safe space for youth to discuss and share stories about mental health and wellness, created and administered by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You Matter blog posts are written by a rotating Blogger Council of individuals between the ages of 13-24 that are passionate about suicide prevention and mental health.

    You Matter is a movement to spread the word that your problems, your worries, your fears, and above all you—unique and real you—matter. And because just about everyone—at some point—hits the wall, we’re here to help.

    If you need support, call 1-800-273-8255 or chat with the Lifeline."

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Orange County Friends Help Friends Suicide Prevention and Awareness Smartphone App for android and iOS:



  • iOS Apple:

    The Friends Help Friends smart-phone app provides information, tools, and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Download the app today and encourage friends and family to do the same. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone. You could help save a life!
    The Friends Help Friends app contains the following information most of which has been extracted from various national suicide prevention resources:
  • Know the Signs
  • How to Help
  • Prevention Resources and Gatekeeper Training
  • Stats and Facts     
  • A video introduction from the Orange County Executive, Stephen Neuhaus
  • En Español

Remember if this is an emergency situation call 911!

If you would like to talk to a trained counselor or need help with connecting to local resources call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK or The Orange County Helpline 1-800-832-1200.



  • Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide (NEW listing)
    NAMI developed this 33 page downloadable guide to support people experiencing a mental health crisis and their loved ones. The guide addresses all aspects of what to expect during a crisis and suggestions for how to respond. The guide has five supplemental tip sheets.

  • Now Matters Now
    Strategies to survive; also includes videos on mindfulness, paced breathing & abdominal breathing (impacting vagal nerve to reduce anxiety)
  • The Kevin Hines Story  (YouTube video)
    Kevin, who was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when he was 17, is one of only 34 survivors who attempted suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge. Hear his amazing story. Kevin authored the book, "Cracked, Not Broken"
  • The Bridge Between Suicide and Life TED Conference Video
    "For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide."

    Suicide prevention, warning signs, risk factors

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Click above to register

Nov. 23, 2019 
12:30 pm — 3:00 pm
Galleria Mall at Crystal Run Community Room
1 Galleria Drive
Middletown , New York  10941

The event will take place inside the Galleria Mall’s community room. This is a private room. Walk through the food court on the 2nd floor. Turn right at the mezzanine to community room A.

Register today. In the interest of creating a safe space for loss survivors, most events are specific to survivors of suicide loss. In addition, many events cannot accommodate children and teens. If you have any questions, please contact the event host directly. Judy Battista: 1-914-489-7402


The suicide of a loved one can have a profound and sometimes devastating impact on those left behind. The bereaved after suicide may encounter high levels of disorientation, guilt, regret, anger, and trauma. These grieving individuals, called "survivors", often struggle with the social stigma of suicide and may also be at risk for higher rates of complicated grief and future suicide ideation or attempts. Surviving the suicide of a loved one is therefore a life-changing experience that requires specialized support.

  • Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
    Contact: AnnMarie D'Aliso  845-325-6448
    2nd Tuesday of month at 7 p.m.
    First Presbyterian Church of Chester
    94-96 Main Street,
    Chester, NY
    Ann Marie is a board member of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and lost her son Patrick to suicide in 2004 when he was 16.


  • *Teens & Young Adults Suvivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
    *(Ages 16-25; Under 18 - please have permission of Parent or Guardian)
      Date: 1st Sunday of the month, 3-5 p.m.
      Location: Love Life Tattoo & Art Studio,10 South Street, Warwick
      Guided by facilitator Judy Battista  914-489-7402; 845-987-4207
    Judy is a trained facilitator of Teen & Young Adult Support groups; mother of    three, Board member, Outreach Coordinator and advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Hudson Valley NY Chapter; and area Cultural Artist. Judy lost her son Daniel 6 years ago.
    Host: Matthew Leahy - Artist and co-owner/proprietor of Love Life Tattoo & Art Studio; Matthew lost his brother Doug three years ago.

  • Survivor of Suicide Loss Outreach Program developed by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to send specially-trained volunteers who are survivors themselves to visit with those who are recently bereaved. Visits are made upon request only.  For more information call Hudson Valley Coordinator, Judy Battista: 914-489-7402,

  • Survivors Resources:
    Since its inception, Survivor Resources has served thousands of clients in the Minneapolis area. It has continued to be dedicated to helping families not only affected by homicide, but other violent, unexpected death incidents including accidental overdose and suicide.
    While the support group information is local to Minneapolis, this website still has good articles by clicking on the "knowledge" tab.