July 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.
Statement From NAMI National About Border Separation
June 20, 2018

 NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness , was created based on the foundation of family involvement, and through our years of experience, we believe that strong family support is vital to a child’s long-term mental health.

The forced separation of families is highly stressful and can result in trauma - and these separations can profoundly impact children who do not yet have a mental health condition as well as those who are experiencing symptoms by ripping away vital family support. There is growing evidence that exposing young children to trauma is toxic to the development of their brains. Traumatic experiences can negatively impact development and mental health as children grow. 

NAMI joins the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and others in urging an immediate end to the practice of separating families. The future well-being of vulnerable children is at stake. We believe it’s critical to children’s mental health to be with their families and caregivers. 
NAMI Sussex was represented at the meeting on Saturday, June 9th by Annie Glynn, NAMI Sussex Board President and Bob Cubby, co-facilitator of the Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) Connection Support Group for veterans, police and first responders.

Congratulations to the award recipients!
  • Jeri Doherty for NAMI Family-to-Family Education;
  • Bob Cubby for NAMI Connection; and
  • Annie Glynn as a top 10 NAMIWalks NJ individual fundraiser.

NAMI Sussex was also recognized as a top 10 NAMIWalks NJ team. Dr. Mark Perrin, a NAMI Sussex member and former president of NAMI NJ's Board of Trustees, was awarded The Sylvia Axelrod Award.
Photos courtesy of NAMI NJ: Top - Bob Cubby; Bottom - Aruna Rao, Associate Director of NAMI NJ (left) with Annie Glynn (right)
Spring Family-to-Family class celebrated their “Graduation” on May 31

Our Spring 2018 Family-to-Family class, taught by Nancy Grimaldi and Jeri Doherty, celebrated the completion of the course on May 31.  The twelve course participants expressed great appreciation for the knowledge and emotional support they had gained during the 12-session course. Several stated they were especially grateful to learn that they were not at fault as parents for causing their adult child’s mental illness.  One father said that after starting the course and talking to others who were dealing with similar issues, “It was like we could breathe again.”  

Most of the participants indicated that they plan to join NAMI and attend our monthly Family-to-Family “Alumni” Support Group. The course will next be offered in fall.
Picnic attendees enjoyed themselves despite chilly weather

The weather for our picnic at Sparta’s Station Park on Sunday, June 3, was chilly and windy, but the 25 NAMI Sussex members and friends who gathered under the park pavilion enjoyed the warmth of each other’s companionship and conversation.  In addition to burgers and hot dogs grilled to perfection by our barbecue chef, the participants each brought delicious side dishes and desserts to share.  

It was a special treat to have NAMI NJ’s longtime Board of Trustees President, Dr. Mark Perrin, and his wife Ursula, join us for the picnic.  The Perrins live in Stillwater.  Dr. Perrin recently retired from his role as President of NAMI NJ’s Board of Trustees.  
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, July 3, 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, July 9 and Monday, July 23, 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, July 24, 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, July 24, 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, July 17, 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.