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.
NAMI SUSSEX to hold Annual Meeting
Monday, April 26, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. on Zoom
NAMI Sussex will hold its Annual Meeting for dues-paying members on Monday, April 26, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., online via Zoom. At the Annual Meeting, members elect board trustees and approve any proposed changes to the affiliate's bylaws.

Only members whose annual dues were up to date as of March 26 are eligible to vote. Those members were sent a letter and ballot with the list of Board candidates recommended by the Nominating Committee and proposed changes to the NAMI Sussex bylaws recommended by the Bylaws Committee. Members will be emailed a reminder and link to attend the Annual Meeting on the morning of April 26.

Four current board trustees, Jeri Doherty, Keren Gonen, Mary Anne McInerney and Meredith Walling, are half-way through the two year term to which they were elected on April 6, 2020 and are not up for re-election this year. The Nominating Committee has presented to the members the following slate of candidates to serve on the Board of Trustees for a two-year term, beginning April 26, 2021:
Charles Cantelmo (current trustee)
Robert Cubby (current trustee)
Annette Hoffman (current trustee)
Deirdre Mastandrea
The Nominating Committee is grateful for their willingness to serve.
President Annie Glynn to "retire" after five years of service
Our current board president, Annie Glynn, will be resigning from the board effective April 26, 2021 after the Annual Meeting. The current Board of Trustees is very grateful for the five years Annie has devoted to NAMI Sussex, serving as our president since April 2016.

In 2016, Annie skillfully guided NAMI Sussex through the complicated process of "reaffiliation" under guidelines required by NAMI National. She helped our Board of Trustees develop a Policies and Procedures manual which upholds the "Standards of Excellence" recommended by the national organization and NAMI New Jersey. She developed our first Strategic Plan to help NAMI Sussex articulate and achieve its goals and has helped the Board keep the plan updated on an ongoing basis.

In addition to the many responsibilities of serving as our president, Annie has until recently been the publisher and editor of our monthly newsletter and the manager of our website. For the past three years, she has served as our team captain for the annual NAMIWalks NJ event.

"Annie's shoes will be very difficult to fill", says Jeri Doherty, long-time NAMI Sussex Board of Trustee and past president. "She could see the 'big picture' of our all-volunteer organization and also attend to the many details. She has taught us a great deal in five years, and we wish her much success and happiness as she returns to full-time employment in the corporate world."
Resources from the March 15th Screening of Angst
NAMI Sussex wishes to thank our members and friends for joining us for the March presentation of the film Angst, about children and teens who are coping with anxiety. We would like to provide the following resources that were mentioned in the post-film discussion:

Tuesday April 20 - ONLINE FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP for family members (or close friends with a caregiving role) - meets via Zoom on the third Tuesday of every month, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Everyone on our email list will receive a reminder and instructions how to register for the group the Wednesday or Thursday before. The co-facilitators of the group are Annette Hoffman and Charles Cantelmo. 

Tuesday April 27 - PTS CONNECTION PEER RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP for veterans, police and first responders recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress as a result of their service.
Meets on 4th Tuesday of the month, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Andover United Methodist Church
207 Andover Sparta Rd., Andover Twp., NJ
(Use Newton, NJ for GPS purposes.)

The use of face masks and social distancing will be required during the COVID-19 pandemic, and participants must sign a waiver.
Call John 973-865-0605 or Bob 973-729-6534 with any questions or to confirm meeting is being held as scheduled, or check website www.nami-sussex-nj.org.
Click here for flyer with further details.
IFSS Family Support Groups - Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and 1st and 3rd Mondays at 11:00 a.m.. Call Carrie at 973-579-4399 x. 402 to request an email with links to the meetings or a number to join by telephone.

Family Partners of Morris/Sussex Counties - Various groups for youth (ages 13 - 21) and parents. Click here for information.

MHA NJ Hope & Healing - For teens, parents, teachers, healthcare workers, job seekers and boomers. Click here for calendar and Zoom links.

NAMI Family Support Group
Tuesdays at 12 pm ET
Wednesdays at 7 pm ET

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
Wednesdays at 12 pm ET
Wednesdays at 7 pm ET

NAMI Family Support Group is a 60-90 minute support group for adult friends and family members (18+) of people with mental health conditions. Participants gain the support of peers who understand their experience and gain insight into others’ challenges and successes.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a 60-90 minute support group for adults (18+) with a mental health condition. Participants gain the support of peers who understand their experience and gain insight into others’ challenges and successes.

Attendance is limited. For information and registration, click here. Please register by 11am or 4 pm on the day of the support group. You will receive a link via email on the day of the scheduled group.

New Specialty Statewide Support Groups
LGBTQ+ NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
Last Sundays of the month at 4 pm EST

Sibling Support Group*
4th Thursdays of the month at 7 pm EST
Spouse/Partner Support Group*
2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7 pm EST

Asylees/Refugees NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
3rd Fridays of the month at 4 pm EST
*Attendance is limited. For information and registration, click here
April 5 - 11 - The Mitochondrial Summit - Poorly functioning mitochondria could lead to fatigue and chronic illness. It’s vital to support your mitochondria. Join and learn how! Register here.

April 12 - 16 - Reverse Autoimmune Disease 4.0 Autoimmune Detox Summit - Be among the first to learn from the world’s leading experts about reversing autoimmunity through detox. From your body and mind to your home and hormones. Register here.

April 12 - 16 - Conscious Kids Summit - this event was created to empower parents to help their young children develop the courage, compassion, and inner knowing necessary to rise and thrive in an increasingly complex world — especially in today’s COVID-impacted environment. Register here.

April 12 - 18 - The Your Best Sleep Summit - Learning from this collection of talks with some of the world’s foremost health experts ensures that you’ll have the information you need to combat fatigue and optimize your sleep for radiant energy, improved immunity, weight loss and the vitality to live your best life. Register here.

April 13 - Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents: Meet the Scientist Webinar Series: Addiction: Science Drives New & Novel Treatments, Dr. Yasmin Hurd from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will discuss insights about recent advances made into the molecular and in vivo neurobiological underpinnings of addiction disorders that provide avenues for the development of novel treatment interventions. A translational and multidisciplinary scientific approach will be described ranging from molecular and epigenetic studies in animal models, to neurobiological investigations of the postmortem human brain that together guides human clinical studies. Register here.

April 13 - May 18 - NAMI Homefront Team invites you to participate in their NAMI Homefront Online Program: 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. Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET, Space is limited. Please click here for registration. Learn more about NAMI Homefront at www.nami.org.

April 14, 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Presentation on Respite Program in NJ - IFSS Sussex hosts a presentation on Wellness Respite Services of CSPNJ (Collaborative Support Programs of NJ) which is a respite program in NJ that provides a safe alternative to psychiatric hospitalization. The Respite House provides a comfortable setting where guests can have support and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by people who are trained and experienced in supporting others to manage a crisis and find wellness. The speaker, Javier Argueta, will share more information about the program and the criteria for participation. A family support group will follow from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., participation is optional.

April 19 - 25 - The Lymphatic Rescue Summit - Learn about a superhighway of channels and nodes that plays a critical role in the immune system, hormone and gut health — your lymphatic system. Discover why this often ignored system is so critical, how to care for it and what can go wrong when it isn’t functioning well. Register here.

April 23 - 25 & April 30 - May 2- Virtual Recovery & Sleep Summit - 50+ of the best the industry has to offer providing different perspectives into sleep, recovery, and more. Register here.

April 24 - May 2 - Food Revolution Summit - You will get the most current research on food, nutrition, disease prevention, immune health — and how the same foods that protect you from chronic illness also protect the planet. Register here.

April 26 - May 2- The Toxic Mold Summit - health experts and air quality / remediation specialists will help you identify exposure, set a course for treatment (for consumers and practitioners) and deliver the latest knowledge, tools and techniques for dealing with toxic mold, supporting the immune system and improving the air quality directly affecting your lungs. Register here.

For NAMI NJ's Mental Health Community Events page, click here.

For past NAMI NJ webinars, click here.

For replays of NAMI's Ask the Expert webinars, click here.

For NAMI Covid-19 Support and resources, click here.

For replays of Team Up for Hope's webinar series, click here.

For free emotional support and counseling from NJ Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP), click here.

For the TIME100 Video series on mental health presenting conversations with advocates and thought leaders in the mental health field including Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., CEO of NAMI; Taraji P. Henson and Tracie Jenkins of the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation; and Matthew McConaughey, click here.
Treatment Opportunity for Smoking Cessation
Treatment opportunity for those individuals with serious mental illness who wish to stop smoking. Dr. Marc Steinberg of Rutgers University is conducting a research study using telehealth counseling for smokers with serious mental illness. Individuals wishing to learn more can call 732-659-4805 or provide their contact information online using this link: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0PR6FtUCgCCYOH3 
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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.