DECEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER
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.
YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR NEW YEAR'S DAY PARTY
Friday, January 1st, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

NAMI Sussex invites you to its 8th annual New Year's Day Party (Online via Zoom)
Bring your own snack and beverage!
Catch up with old friends and make some new ones!
Bid 2020 a “fond” farewell and welcome in a new and better year!
Play a game of Trivia to win a prize!

Advance registration required by 12/29 - Click here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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NAMI SUSSEX SUPPORT GROUPS
Tuesday Dec. 15 - ONLINE FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP for family members (or close friends with a caretaking 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 Dec. 22 - 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.
OTHER FREE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
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.

The Crisis Counseling Program at the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris is offering a chance to discuss the feelings we may have about this very different holiday season.
Mondays, 5 - 6 p.m. Click here for flyer with Zoom link.

COVID-19 support group
Wednesdays, 2 - 3 p.m. Click here for flyer with Zoom link.
NAMI NJ ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

The following two groups are being offered online, using the Zoom platform:
NAMI Family Support Group
Tuesdays at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spouse/Partner Support Group
Monthly, 2nd Thursday - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
Wednesdays at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a 60 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.

Please register by 4 pm on the day of the support group. Attendance is limited.

Click here for further details and to register.
FREE ORIENTATION TO WRAP
WRAP is an evidence-based Wellness Recovery Action Plan developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD. It is a personalized wellness and recovery system born out of and rooted in the principle of self-determination.  

Join Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery for a 1.5-hour orientation to WRAP provided in an online environment that you can access remotely from wherever you are. Learn what WRAP is and how you can use it to monitor and maintain your own recovery from a mental health condition.  

When: December 18, 2020, 12 p.m. EST (United States and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You may also be interested in their implementation document, The Way WRAP Works! It synthesizes scientific research and in-the-field observations. It can be downloaded here
NAMI NJ ONLINE EVENTS
NAMI Hearts & Minds is a presentation focusing on inner and outer wellness for people living with a mental illness.

Coaching approaches for goal setting and achievement.
Sunday, December 6, 2020 | 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

All of us have personal goals which are not trivial to accomplish, and often require some combination of careful planning and coaching for accountability. These goals are often in the physical dimension of wellness, and sometimes involved other/multiple dimensions. Register here.
Tuesday, December 15, 5 pm - 6:30 p.m.

NAMI Family & Friends is a free seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support. Led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition, the seminar includes topics such as:

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery
  • Effective communication strategies
  • The importance of self-care
  • Crisis preparation strategies
  • NAMI and community resources

Participants will receive a free e-book after the presentation! Register here and select December 15, North Brunswick, NJ.
GREYSTONE FAMILY FORUM
Monday, December 14th, 6 p.m.
Presented by: Ann Portas, LCSW, Assistant Director of the Division of Mental Health Advocacy, Office of the Public Defender

Join MHA Essex & Morris for a Family Forum via Zoom. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about the settlement of the lawsuit of NJ Public Defenders Office Vs. State Officials regarding Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. The settlement includes newly mandated changes and addresses staffing as well as other guidelines aimed at increasing the safety and health of any of your loved ones at this facility.

RSVP:  Email Dorothy at dfaucett@mhaessexmorris.org to receive a Zoom Link for this event.
FREE ONLINE EVENTS
Dec. 3 - Free Benefit Celebration and Concert - Bringing Transcendental Meditation to Healthcare Workers, Veterans, and Families Under Trauma and Stress, 7 p.m. EST. Register here.

Dec. 8 -  Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents: Meet the Scientist Webinar Series – Using Genetic Maps of the Brain to Understand Autism & Related Psychiatric Illnesses, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST, Presented by Daniel Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D. Register here.

Dec. 14 -20 - Meditation and Mindfulness Summit. Discover the tools to cultivate joy and meaning in your life. Register here.

Anxiety Summit 6. Register here for 7 day access.

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.
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.