August 2018
 Newsletter/Schedule of Events
As an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NAMI Sussex provides support, education, and advocacy throughout the Sussex County, New Jersey area on behalf of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI Sussex envisions a community where those impacted by mental illness obtain the help, support and hope they require to achieve resiliency, recovery and wellness.
"Ending the Silence" Update

NAMI Sussex currently has nine volunteer presenters for its Ending the Silence (ETS) program, which will be made available to middle and high school students, as well as County College students, in the fall. Coordinators Ria Smith and Jeri Doherty are following up with the volunteers to make sure they have completed all the required steps before they begin their online portion of the ETS program training. Two “live” training sessions have been scheduled for Wednesday, August 8 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm and Saturday, September 8 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Family Partners Community Center, 67 Spring Street in Newton. Presenters can opt for either live training.

Additional volunteers are still welcome to apply. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 who are living happy, fulfilling lives while managing a mental health condition are especially needed. Other volunteers can be either family members or individuals over 35 living with a mental health condition. Anyone interested in becoming an ETS presenter should call Jeri at 973-214-0632 or email To learn more about Ending the Silence, go to .
Fall Family-to-Family Course Starts Wed., Sept. 12 in Sparta

The Fall 2018 NAMI Sussex Family-to-Family course will be held on Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Sparta, beginning Sept. 12 and ending Dec. 5.  This free evidence-based course can be a great help to anyone who has an older teen or adult loved one with mental illness.  

Course participants learn effective communication skills, problem-solving techniques, and how to manage their own stress in the caregiving role.  They learn the scientific facts about brain-based mental health conditions.  They find relief in knowing that they are not alone.  The teachers (family caregivers themselves) can connect class members with local treatment resources for the ill loved one, as well as ongoing family support services.  
Registration for the course is now open—call Michelle at  973-417-1783  or email .  Class size is limited to 20.

Click here for flyer.
Film Screening of "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" on Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 p.m. at Sparta Theatre
Help NAMI Sussex bring the documentary film “Suicide: the Ripple Effect” to the Sparta Theatre as we raise awareness of suicide prevention during National Suicide Prevention Month in September. Please note that we need 56 advance ticket reservations for the screening to occur. Once we meet that requirement, the screening will be confirmed and your credit card will be charged. If we do not meet the minimum, the screening will be cancelled and your credit card will not be charged. Tickets ($12 each) can be reserved at:
CIT Law Enforcement/Mental Health Training Coming to
Sussex County This Fall!

The Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office recently announced that a 40-hour Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for police and other law enforcement personnel is being planned for October 2018. A CIT Steering Committee has been formed, and the first steering meeting was held on Tuesday, July 24. Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Czykier will be guiding the steering committee, assisted by NJ State Crisis Intervention Director Ed Dobleman. For more information about CIT in New Jersey, visit .

NAMI Sussex has been advocating for CIT since 2010. Thanks to the leadership of County Prosecutor Francis Koch and Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Czykier, CIT is finally just a few months away! NAMI Sussex members Jeri Doherty, Bob Cubby and Ria Smith have been serving on a county Law Enforcement/Mental Health task force that has met quarterly over the past year and a half and will continue their involvement by serving on the CIT Steering Committee.

The NAMI Sussex Board of Trustees will meet Monday August 13th, 6:30-9:00 p.m., at Family Partners of Morris and Sussex, 67 Spring St., Newton. Any member may request to attend by contacting President Annie Glynn by email ( or phone (973-214-0632) at least three days prior to the meeting. 

Any member who would like to request copies of minutes from any previous General membership or Board meetings may do so by emailing


Visit our booth at the rear of the County building. The Fair starts August 3 and runs through August 12 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ.
NAMI Family Support and Information Meeting   (1st Tuesday of every month)
Support, information and referral for family members/friends who have a loved one with mental illness.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Newton Medical Center, 175 High St., Newton, NJ
(Enter through the main entrance and ask at the Reception Desk to be directed to the Emergency Department Conference Room .)

NAMI Connection Support Group  ( 2nd and 4th Monday of every month, excluding legal holidays)
For adults who have experienced mental health challenges.
Monday, August 13 and Monday, August 27, 2018
6:00-7:30 p.m. (followed by informal conversation from 7:30-8 p.m)
A Way to Freedom Wellness Center, 29 Trinity St, Newton, NJ 07860  
(Parking lot and entrance at rear of Mitchell Agency Building on the corner of Trinity and Moran Streets.)  

Parent/Guardian Support Group  (4th Tuesday of every month)
For parents/guardians of children and teens with emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges, in collaboration with Family Partners of Morris & Sussex Counties.  
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
7:00–8:30 p.m.
Family Partners Community Center, 67 Spring Street, Newton, NJ
(Use Spring Street entrance)

For veterans, police and first responders recovering from post-traumatic stress as a result of their service.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
7:00­‐8:30 p.m.
Bridgeway, 93 Stickles Pond Road, Newton, NJ 

Family-to-Family Alumni Support Group (3rd Tuesday of every month)
For those who have completed our Family-to-Family course.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
7:00-9:00 p.m
Bridgeway, 93 Stickles Pond Road, Newton, NJ  
(For more information, call Toni at  973-786-5507 )
NAMI Sussex
P.O. Box 652, Sparta, NJ 07871
Tel no. 973-214-0632
NAMI Sussex is an all-volunteer 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support, education, and advocacy throughout the Sussex County, New Jersey area on behalf of individuals and families affected by mental illness.