JANUARY 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.
FREE SCREENING OF THE FILM "LIVING WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER" ON MON. JAN. 13TH
MONDAY JAN. 13TH FROM 7 - 8:30 P.M. - Bipolar disorder is a treatable illness that can affect anyone. The film  Living with Bipolar Disorder  (a presentation of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) features three people who have received treatment and are living in recovery, as well as the widow of a man who died by suicide while most likely suffering from the illness. Viewers will learn essential information on the disorder and can find hope in knowing that it is treatable and manageable. Q & A and discussion will be led by Annette Hoffman, Ph.D. Flyer Link
Location: Bridgeway, 93 Stickles Pond Rd., Newton, NJ
Registration is not required.
FREE SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS - JUST SHOW UP!
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 Jan. 7, 2020, 7-9 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  .)

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, Jan. 28, 2020 from 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, Jan. 28, 2020 from 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, Jan. 21, 2020 from 7-9 p.m.
Bridgeway, 93 Stickles Pond Road, Newton, NJ  
For more information, call Charles at 201-893-4793
NAMI SUSSEX MEETINGS
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP -  Mon. Jan. 13, 7 - 8:30 p.m., at Bridgeway, 93 Stickles Pond Rd., Newton. Free screening of film "Living with Bipolar Disorder" (refer to article above).

BOARD OF TRUSTEES  -   Mon. Jan. 27, 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 (nami.sussex@gmail.com) or phone (973-214-0632) by Wed. Jan. 22.

Any member who would like to request copies of minutes from any previous General or Board meeting may do so by emailing nami.sussex@gmail.com.
NAMI HOMEFRONT ONLINE - REGISTRATION OPEN
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.

Eastern Daytime, Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET, Starting Jan. 29
Eastern Evening, Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM ET, Starting Jan. 27 (skip 2/17)
Pacific Evening, Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM PT, Starting Jan. 28
Central Evening, Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM CT, Starting Jan. 29

*Please note the TIME ZONE listed for each class time. Applicants are welcome to request a course scheduled in a different time zone.

An application process is required to ensure this program is a good fit. Space is limited.
Register here
NEW VA SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY
Talk to Vets 3 Times in First Year Out of Uniform
Click here for article.
NAMI’s Family-to-Family Course
Revised to 8 Classes
NAMI’s renowned Family-to-Family course has recently been revised by NAMI National and will consist of just eight classes beginning this spring.  The course has previously consisted of 12  two-and-a-half hour classes.  All teachers who were trained to teach the previous 12-session course will be required to take a refresher training online in order to maintain their teaching certification.  Jeri Doherty, Chair of our Education Committee, will keep all our teachers posted as to when the online trainings become available.  We hope to be able to offer the new 8-session course beginning in March.
NAMI "Basics OnDemand" now available online
NAMI Basics is a free, six-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth who are experiencing mental health symptoms.  Since 2009, NAMI Basics has been offered by NAMI Affiliates in an in-person, group setting.  To meet increasing demand for more convenient access to the program, NAMI created NAMI Basics OnDemand, which is offered online and available 24/7.  Just like the in-person format, NAMI Basics OnDemand is free and helps parents and caregivers: 
§      Develop confidence and stamina to support their child with compassion 
§      Learn about different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options and therapies 
§      Prepare for crisis situations, and understand how to navigate the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems
  
The program is divided into six sessions, including: 
§      Basic elements of coping with mental health conditions 
§      Brain biology and getting a diagnosis 
§      Communication skills and crisis preparation 
§      Treatment and connecting with others by sharing your story 
§      Navigating the mental health and education systems 
§      Self-care and advocacy 

To register for NAMI Basics OnDemand, go to:  https://basics.nami.org .
 
NAMI Sussex will offer a live version of the Basics course this spring, dates to be announced.  While the online course is reported to be excellent, it won’t provide the experience of bonding with other parents/guardians who are living through the same struggles.  Our live course also provides information about state and local resources available to families in our area.
NEW YEAR'S DAY PARTY PHOTOS
NAMI Sussex members and friends enjoyed our seventh annual New Year's Day gathering at Bridgeway.
FREE ONLINE EVENTS
Yoga and Mental Health Summit - Jan. 7 - 10. Click here to register.

The CBD Health Revolution - Jan. 13 - 19. Learn about the healing properties of CBD for chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, cancer, and other conditions . Click here to register.

Russell Brand on Recovery - Jan. 13 - 24. Russell shares how you can use the 12-step system of recovery to untangle yourself from problematic relationships to work, romance, social media, drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, food, or family. Click here to register.

Radical Compassion Challenge - Jan. 21 - 30. A 10-Day Journey to Awaken Our Hearts and Bring Healing to Our World. Click here to register.

The Fasting Lifestyle Summit - Jan. 27 - Feb. 2. Learn the healthy facets of fasting. Click here to register.
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.