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.
NAMI Sussex invites you to join us for a free online screening of the powerful IndieFlix documentary film Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety”. Kids and teens share their struggles with anxiety and discuss its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope. Mental health experts explain the causes and sociological effects of anxiety and recommend resources and tools available to address the condition. The 55-minute film will be followed by an informative panel discussion with one of the filmmakers and expert guests. 

To learn more about the film and view the trailer, visit Register here.
MONDAY, MARCH 29, 7 - 8:30 pm
NAMI Sussex will host a presentation on Trauma in Everyday Life, PTSD and Mental Health, led by Linda Busch-Somach, PhD. Dr. Busch is a Licensed Psychologist who has close to 30 years of experience working in the trauma-related mental health field. Her presentation will focus on the impact of trauma in everyday life, as well as Trauma Disorders such as PTSD, Acute Stress Disorder and what is now unofficially referred to as Chronic Stress Disorder or COVID related stress disorder. The impact of trauma on those already affected by serious mental health conditions such as as Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Schizophrenia and their loved ones or caregivers will also be discussed. Topics such as Reactive Attachment Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, Complex PTSD and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder will be discussed along with how to cope with triggers or symptoms, medications that are sometimes used in the treatment of trauma and how to prevent or lessen the impact of traumatic events. Participants will be invited, if they wish, to practice trauma reducing exercises, to share insights and ask questions.

For the flyer, click here. To receive the link to the presentation, please register here.
Join Team Up for Hope, in conjunction with NAMI Sussex, Inc. & NAMI Orange County, NY, for a free webinar (45 minutes long) where panelists will be discussing challenges faced by students and their families during these very stressful times, and offer strategies for coping. There will be a Q&A session following speaker presentations.

For more information, click here. Click here for sponsorship opportunities.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES  -  Mon. Mar. 22, 6:30-9:00 p.m., via Zoom. Any member may request to attend by contacting President Annie Glynn by email ( or phone (973-214-0632) 3 days before the meeting.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP -  Mon. Mar. 29, 7 - 8:30 p.m.,via Zoom. There will be a presentation on trauma and mental health. See above.

ANNUAL MEETING - Mon. Apr. 26, 7-8:30 p.m, via Zoom. The Board is eager to hear your thoughts and ideas on future programs and events.  We will also elect board trustees for 2-year terms and adopt the budget for fiscal year 2021-2022. Members will receive information via email.
Tuesday Mar. 16 - ONLINE FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP for family members (or close friends with a caregiving 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 Mar. 23 - 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
Click here for flyer with further details.
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.

NAMI Family Support Group
Tuesdays at 12 pm ET
Wednesdays at 7 pm ET

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
Wednesdays at 12 pm ET
Wednesdays at 7 pm ET

NAMI Family Support Group is a 60-90 minute support group for adult friends and family members (18+) of people with mental health conditions. Participants gain the support of peers who understand their experience and gain insight into others’ challenges and successes.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a 60-90 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.

Attendance is limited. For information and registration, click here. Please register by 11am or 4 pm on the day of the support group. You will receive a link via email on the day of the scheduled group.

New Specialty Statewide Support Groups
LGBTQ+ NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
Last Sundays of the month at 4 pm EST

Sibling Support Group*
4th Thursdays of the month at 7 pm EST
Spouse/Partner Support Group*
2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7 pm EST

Asylees/Refugees NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
3rd Fridays of the month at 4 pm EST
*Attendance is limited. For information and registration, click here
Mar. 1-7 - The Food Sensitivities and Autoimmunity Summit - Begin an elimination diet to determine food triggers. Understand the link between gut health and autoimmunity. Implement dietary and fasting strategies for healing. Gain insight into food’s connection to mental health. Learn to combat food addictions. Register here.

Mar. 4-6 - Diabetes Free Summit - Experts Reveal Their Proven Strategies And Processes So That You Can Feel Better, Perform Better And Reverse Your Type 2 Diabetes. Register here.

Mar. 8 - 14 - Magnificent New Normal - Learn how indigenous cultures predicted this special time, how the new science of consciousness redefines what is possible and how to take full advantage of this critical window to unlock your own transformation. Register here.

Mar. 9 - Sensory Challenges and Anxiety in Children with and without Autism -
Sensory Challenges and Anxiety in Children with and without Autism Sensory experiences have a significant impact on behavior throughout the lifespan, but particularly early in life. Some individuals have heightened and unusual reactions to sensory stimuli, such as particular sounds or textures. Dr. Carpenter will present research, which builds on a growing body of literature, linking early sensory hypersensitivity to anxiety and a number of additional behavioral challenges, namely sleep issues and irritability in both typical development, as well as in young children with autism. Register here.

Mar. 18 - 23 - World Happiness Foundation - hosts and amplifies the leaders, institutions, and initiatives committed to realizing a world where all people are free, conscious and happy. Register here.

Mar. 22 - 28 - Building a Healthy Terrain Summit - Get the physical, emotional, spiritual and ecological tools you need to cultivate the optimum environment for health and well-being. Register here.

Mar. 25 - Academic Pressures and Mental Health Among Immigrant Families - In response to the unique needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, NAMI NJ has pivoted to bring on a special online series in order to help our diverse communities cope better, with evidence-based and trauma-informed educational material on a wide range of topics. Register here.

Mar. 29 - April 4 - A Better Brain Summit - Get the information and tools you need to train and protect your brain. Register here.

Mar. 20 - 31 - Food Matters Total Wellness Summit - Over ten days, you’ll get free access to expert interviews with leading health and wellness teachers, doctors, and thought leaders. You’ll discover the latest research in health and wellness, plus you’ll walk away with practical tips that will help you become the healthiest version of yourself. Register here.

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.

For NAMI Covid-19 Support and resources, click here.

For replays of Team Up for Hope's webinar series, click here.

For free emotional support and counseling from NJ Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP), click here.

For the TIME100 Video series on mental health presenting conversations with advocates and thought leaders in the mental health field including Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., CEO of NAMI; Taraji P. Henson and Tracie Jenkins of the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation; and Matthew McConaughey, click here.
Registration is now open for the following sessions*:

Eastern Daytime: April 13 – May 18
Tuesday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST (9:00am CST, 8:00am MST, 7:00am PST)

Eastern Evening: April 6 – May 11
Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm EST (5:30pm CST, 4:30pm MST, 3:30pm PST)

Mountain Evening: April 13 – May 18
Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm MT (5:30pm MST, 4:30pm PST, 7:30pm EST)

*Please note the TIME ZONE listed for each class time

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.

Learn more about NAMI Homefront, and other NAMI programs, online at If you have any questions or concerns, please email
NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest 2021
Contest submission deadline is April 6, 2021. Click here for information.
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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.