NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

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ADVOCACY:
 3 digit Crisis Hotline for Suicide Prevention


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



Upcoming Events/Outreaches



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




UPCOMING COURSES:


Family
to
Family

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






NOTE DATE CHANGE
Mon., Nov. 25

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

including vote for Board of Directors by the membership

RSVP Requested


NOTE DATE CHANGE
Mon., Dec. 2

Holiday Party for members and their families; and NAMI Orange invited guests
RSVP required
namiorangeny@warwick.net
845-956-6264



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.

 


 

Veterans/Military


  • Veterans Crisis Line Website:
    The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.


    Veterans' Mental Health Bill


    NAMI Homefront

    NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress,civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions.

    The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/Veteran. The class is free but you are expected to attend all six sessions. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. To hear audio, you will need to call in via telephone. We recommend you use a headset or headphones.

    An application process is required to ensure this program is a good fit. Space is limited.

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    •  vet2vet program is a  Peer Networking group led by veterans, for veterans and members of the Armed Services offered through Orange County's Mental Health Association. 
      Vet2Vet participation is free, anonymous and confidential. The networking meetings provide an opportunity to discuss challenges facing today's Veterans including post- traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, addiction, employment or academic issues. If you want more information about VET2VET, contact Larry Neumann, Veteran Program Coordinator at (845)342-2400 Ext 1237or email lneumann@mhaorangeny.com
      Support group meeting schedule:
      Mondays, 6 p.m. at Thrall Library in Middletown
      Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. at Hudson House in Newburgh
      Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. at Port Jervis Public Library
      Thursdays, 5 p.m. at Cornerstone Residence in Newburgh

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    Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. Readjustment counseling is offered to make a successful transition from military to civilian life or after a traumatic event experienced in the military. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling is offered in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services. Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief and transition after trauma.

    All Veterans are encouraged to seek Vet Center services. See local listiongs below.  Any Veterans and active duty Service members, to include members of the National Guard and Reserve components, are eligible if any of the following applies:

    • Have served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility∗ (see footnote)
    • Experienced a military sexual trauma
    • Provided direct emergent medical care or mortuary services, while serving on active military duty, to the casualties of war, or
    • Served as a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided direct support to operations in a combat zone or area of hostility.
    • Vietnam Era Veterans who have accessed care at a Vet Center prior to January 1, 2004.
    • Vet Center services are also provided to family members of Veterans and Service members for military-related issues when they aid in the readjustment of those who have served. This includes bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death.

       ∗ Service in combat theater or area of hostility to include but not limited to:
          World War II (including American Merchant Marines)
          Korean War
          Vietnam War
          Lebanon
          Grenada
          Desert Storm/ Desert Shield
          Bosnia
          Kosovo
          Operations in the former Yugoslavia area
          Global War on Terrorism
          Operation Enduring Freedom
          Operation Freedom's Sentinel
          Operation Iraqi Freedom
          Operation New Dawn

    MIDDLETOWN VET CENTER
    Click links for 2 page brochure:   
    (page1   page 2, then Right Click to Rotate Clockwise)
    726 East Main Street, Suite 203
    Suite 203
    Middletown, NY 10940
    845-342-9917

    Goshen VA Clinic
    Facility type: VA Health
    30 Hatfield Lane
    Suite 204
    Goshen, NY 10924-6768
    Main: 845-294-6927
    Mental Health: 914-737-4400 x2330

    Port Jervis VA CliniC
    150 Pike Street
    Port Jervis, NY 12771-1867
    Main: 845-856-5396
    Mental Health: 914-737-4400 x2330

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    • Orange County Veterans Service Agency
      Informs and assists veterans and their families, and members of the military, in matters pertaining to the numerous VA benefits, rights, and privileges available to them. 111 Craigville, Road, Goshen, NY 10924
      (845) 291-2470

    • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley:
      Veterans and Military Families Advocacy Project

      Providing free civil legal services to those who have served:
      Home page is lshv.org;    LSHV Veterans and Military Brochure

      • VA Benefits
      • Housing
      • Consumer Affairs
      • Social Security and SSI Disability Claims
      • Elder Law
      • Domestic Violence
      • Public Benefits

    • Vet Connect 
      Hospitals in the mid-Hudson region launched a website aimed at providing returning veterans with job, educational and health care information.

    • Help for Homeless Veterans
      National Call Number: 877-424-3838

    • Support Services for Veteran Families in Orange, Duchess, Ulster and Sullivan) 845-565-2892 
    • NAMI Find Support for Veterans and Active Duty
      On this page we focus on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Veterans-and-Active-Duty#sthash.s1Ch5Wym.dpuf
      On this website, NAMI focuses on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life.
      On this page we focus on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Veterans-and-Active-Duty#sthash.s1Ch5Wym.dpuf
      On this page we focus on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Veterans-and-Active-Duty#sthash.s1Ch5Wym.dpuf
    • NYS Office of Mental Health: Military Personnel and their Families

      In recognition of the contribitions made by the Armed Forces of the United States: The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserves – the New York State Office of Mental Health thanks military personnel and their families for their dedicated service.

      We are proud to offer outreach, information and referral services, and counseling to support service members, their families, and veterans during deployment, reintegration, and post–deployment periods.
            • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
              TAPS provides immediate and long-term emotional help, hope, and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America

            • Military OneSource: Provides information on a wide variety of subjects including parenting issues, children’s education, help with child care, and other topics such as personal finances and legal matters. Counseling as well as resources are provided.

            • Scholarships for Military Wives & Children
              bestcolleges.com link to finding financial aid and scholarships

            • Center for Women Veterans (CWV)
              Call Center is open M-F: 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
              1-855-829-6636
              1-855-VA-WOMEN


            “Our military can play a big role in changing the conversation around mental health for the entire country. Because we know these men and women are heroes…And if they can be brave enough to step up and get the help they need, perhaps that will help some kid in some community who's depressed...”
            -Michelle Obama

             


            VA Mission Act passes the U.S. Senate: On May 23 the VA Mission Act passed the U.S. Senate following recent passage by the U.S. House of Representatives. The VA Mission Act will help Veterans with mental health conditions by:

            * Making it easier to access private sector health care
            * Connecting caregivers of Veterans with service-connected conditions from all
            service-eras to the VA Family Caregiver Program
            * Creating safe opioid prescribing practices for non-VA health providers
            * Allowing VA health providers to treat Veterans via telemedicine across state
            lines

            The bill was signed into law by President Trump on June 6, 2018