JULY 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.
NAMICon 2020
July 13 - 14, 2020

No cost registration is open to attend NAMI National's Convention virtually. Click here to register. Click here to view schedule.
FREE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
IFSS - 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 on Amazon Chime or a number to join by telephone only.

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 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
Thursdays at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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
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NAMI NJ WEBINARS

“Mental Wellness and Substance Use/Misuse During Times of Crisis”
Tuesday, July 2, 10 - 11 AM EST

Check the link below for new webinars, and to access past webinars.
Monday July 20, 7 - 8:15 p.m.

NAMI NJ Hearts & Minds is a program to help us get and stay well! This webinar is titled  We're All Connected  . Presented by program coordinator Elena Kravitz, Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, the session will touch on:

  • Importance of social wellness on overall health and wellness
  • Playing out valued roles in our families and communities
  • Sharing as a strength in human connection
  • “Silver linings” – Increased connection during social distancing
  • Pushing past fear and rejection to build valued social and intimate relationships
Monday July 27, 7 - 8:15 p.m.

NAMI NJ is offering a presentation of its popular NAMI In Our Own Voice program to raise mental health awareness and reduce stigma. Learn from trained NAMI volunteers about their lived experience of mental health recovery; What Happened, What Helps, and What’s Next.

This is a presentation that NAMI NJ gives over 200 times a year to a wide variety of audiences, including high school and college classes, professional trainings, family education courses, and congregations.
FOR NAMI SUSSEX MEMBERS
BOARD OF TRUSTEES  -    Mon. Jul. 20, 6:30-9:00 p.m., virtually via Zoom. Any member may request to attend by contacting President Annie Glynn by email (nami.sussex@gmail.com) or phone (973-214-0632) 3 days before the meeting.

Any member who would like to request copies of minutes from any previous meetings may do so by emailing nami.sussex@gmail.com.

2020 NAMI NJ Board of Trustees Election & Bylaws Revision Ballots - NAMI Sussex members who are in good standing, are eligible to vote for the NAMI NJ Board of Trustees and revisions to the current Bylaws. An email was sent by NAMI NJ on Jun. 13. If you did not receive the email, please email info@naminj.org . Please vote by July 13, 2020 .
NAMI HOMEFRONT
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.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the following sessions*: 
Eastern Evening: August 3 – September 14 (Skip 9/7)
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm EST (5:30pm CST, 4:30pm MST, 3:30pm PST)

Eastern Daytime: August 4 – September 8
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST (9:00am CST, 8:00am MST, 7:00am PST)
 
Pacific Evening: August 4 – September 8
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30 pm PST (7:30pm MST, 8:30 pm CST, 9:30 pm EST)

Central Evening: August 5 – September 9
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm CST (5:30pm MST, 4:30pm PST, 7:30pm EST)

*Please note the TIME ZONE listed for each class time

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.

An application process is required to ensure this program is a good fit. Space is limited.
FREE ONLINE EVENTS
Jun. 29 - Jul. 5 - Trauma Mind Body Super Conference The conference brings together the most comprehensive framework for healing emotional trauma and cultivating an optimum state for healing possible.  Register here.

Jun. 29 - Jul. 5 -  Leaky Brain Summit- Leaky brain is a BRAIN HEALTH issue that often goes undetected and can underlie stress, anxiety, depression, neurological disorders, brain degeneration and autoimmunity. Caused by various lifestyle factors — infections, stress, trauma, poor diet, environmental toxins — it is treatable and preventable… find out if you’re suffering from leaky brain!  Register  here.

Jul. 9  – DD Town Hall Series: Reopening & Reimagining: A 4-Part Conversation about Services and Supports for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities, Session 3 – Reopening Schools – Factors to Consider 7:00 – 8:00 p.m . Register here.

Jul. 13 - 16 - Stress Elimination Summit - Register here.

Jul. 13 - 19 - Superhuman Energy Summit You learn how to unlock SUPERHUMAN ENERGY — overcome fatigue, cultivate your energy, improve immunity and elevate your zest for life when you step into a supercharged version of yourself! Register here .

Jul. 14 - Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents: Meet the Scientist Webinar Series –  Widely Prescribed Stimulants and the Risk of Psychosis in Young People with ADHD , 2:00 pm EDT, Presented by Lauren Moran, M.D. Register here .

Jul. 14 - 23 - Anxiety Support Summit - Register here.

Jul. 16 - DD Town Hall Series: Reopening & Reimagining: A 4-Part Conversation about Services and Supports for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities, Session 4 – Reimagining Special Education and Supports and Services – Striving for the Ideal. Register here .

Jul. 20 - 26 - Holistic Oral Health Summit - natural solutions and at-home remedies for oral health. Register here .

Jul. 22 - 26 - Embodied Psychology Summit is dedicated to shifting the paradigm around how we know and experience ourselves and others, and how we understand the nature of relationship through methodologies such as Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi, Body-Mind Centering®, Gestalt, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Integral Somatic Psychology, and many other body oriented approaches to psychology. Register here .

Jul. 26 - Aug. 1 - Holistic Holiday at Sea - an online journey to optimal health and wellness, with leading plant-based experts. Register here .

Jul. 27 - 29 - Calm Your Anxiety Summit - 18 experts will share their ideas, solutions and tools to calm your anxiety for yourself and your child. Register here.

Jul. 27 - Aug. 2 - Chronic Lyme disease Summit - 36 expert talks. Register here.

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

For replays of NAMI's Ask the Expert webinars, click here .
ON BEHALF OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
We want to let you know that during the current coronavirus pandemic, the Social Security Administration (SSA) continues to provide help to you and others in your community. 

While their offices are not providing service to walk-in visitors due to COVID-19, SSA remains committed to providing ongoing benefits and vital services.  SSA asked us to let you know that they remain ready and able to help you by phone with most Social Security matters. You can speak with a representative by calling your local Social Security office or their National 800 Number.  They provide local office phone numbers conveniently online with their  Social Security Office Locator

SSA also wants you to know they have many secure and convenient  online services  to:

·      Apply for  RetirementDisability, and  Medicare benefits,
·      Check the status of an application or appeal,
·      Request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), 
·      Print a benefit verification letter, and 
·      Much more.

Most business with SSA can be done online, but they know that many people still rely on phone or in-person help.  That’s why they want you to know you can still count on them by phone. And, if you have a critical situation they cannot help you with by phone or online, they may be able to schedule an appointment for you.

If you need help from SSA, please don’t wait until they can see you in person.  Reach out now and get the help you need.

Lastly, SSA also understands that getting medical and other documentation can be difficult due to the pandemic.  So, they are continuing to extend certain deadlines wherever possible. Click here for flyer.
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.