MAY 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.
MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is raising awareness and highlighting that no one experiencing a mental health condition should feel alone. { Read more }

To learn more about mental illness, click here. For warning signs of mental illness, click here.
JOIN NAMI NJ FOR ITS UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Saturday May 2nd, 11 a.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
Saturday May 2nd, 3:30 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.
NAMI NJ WEBINAR: Emotional Wellness During COVID-19

Friday May 8th, 12 - 1 p.m.

COVID-19 has altered our world. For the time being we are living in uncertain times and now more than ever, it is important to take care of our mental health. Cara Maksimow, LCSW is a clinical therapist and specializes in treatment of anxiety, trauma and stress. This workshop is focused on emotional wellness tips to help participants stay positive, connected and productive. She will discuss therapeutic tools from mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, neuroscience and positive psychology to help maintain emotional health in such a challenging time.
NAMI NJ ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS OFFERED IN MAY

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 (new!)

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
Groups will continue to meet through the full month of May.
 
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.
NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest 2020 - VOTE FOR TOP 3 POEMS
NAMI NJ members and friends are now called on to vote online and help NAMI NJ pick the Top Three Poems.   Cast your vote by   Sunday, May 31, 2020.

For the list of poems and to vote, click here .
FREE ONLINE EVENTS
Nourishing Hope Summit - Replay weekend through May 3. 35 Nutrition and Pediatric Experts Reveal How Science-Based Nutrition is Dramatically Improving The Lives of People with ADHD, Autism, and Anxiety

Mindfulness for Preschoolers Summit - May 4 - 8. Mindfulness experts explore how to adapt mindfulness practices to the needs of preschoolers and their caregivers.  

Using Neuroscience to Evaluate and Guide Treatment for Pediatric Mood Disorders Tues. May 12, 2 p.m.. Meet the Scientist Webinar by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Presented by Manpreet Kaur Singh, M.D. M.S. Register here .


Mindfulness & Compassion Global Summit - June 4 - 6. Free registration until May 22.

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.