May is Mental Health Month
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During May, NAMI NH joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

Here are some of the places you'll (virtually) see NAMI NH, and our partners, during this Mental Health Month (keep reading for details): 

May 20th - Heads Up: Coping Through COVID-19 Webinar
May 20th - Resilience Documentary Screening
May 21stKen Norton on Facebook Live with Senator Hassan
May 27th - Ken Norton as featured panelist at Mental Health Round Table
May 28th - NAMI NH's Children & Youth Team on Groundhog Day Anxiety & Self-Care
May 30th - NAMI NH Day of Hope & Virtual Party with a Purpose

During this period of physical distancing, the NAMI NH team is working hard to stay socially connected to Granite Staters affected by mental illness and suicide.

To connect with resources & support, contact NAMI NH's Info & Resource Line at info@NAMINH.org or 1-800-242-6264 (press 4).

Support groups throughout the state have moved online - contact your local leader to learn more.

Current and upcoming virtual offerings include  the Family-to-Family educational program, a new In Our Own Voice speaker series, additional offerings in the Side-by-Side Lunch & Learn series, twice weekly Yoga & Meditation, and much more.
May 16, 2020
NAMI NH ENews
We hope you can join us virtually for our 2020 Annual Meeting!  
Please RSVP at  tinyurl.com/NAMINHAnnualMeeting
 
NAMI NH members are eligible to vote on the slate of Board members.  Not sure if your membership is current?  Email us and we will check for you!  Not yet a member?  Becoming a member is easy and affordable! A household membership is $60 annually, and an individual membership is $40 each year.  We thank you for your support!

 

If we raise $5,000 by May 30th, our challenge donor will match it!
(Please note CHALLENGE GIFT in comments.)
 

If you have questions, please contact Kristen Welch , CFRE, Director of Development or call 603-225-5359 ext. 350.



Online Support & Resources

The NAMI NH office is closed to the public and in-person support group meetings and trainings are suspended through May 4th. However, staff members continue their work remotely, and with the exceptional assistance of NAMI NH volunteers, most support groups and other activities have moved online. Please reach out, and take good care.

Crisis Support - if you, or someone you know, is struggling emotionally - you are not alone. 

NAMI NH's Info & Resource Line continues to operate! 
To connect with support, message info@NAMINH.org or call 1-800-242-6264 (press 4).


Connect with your local support group leader to learn about online meeting options.
Public Policy Update

A Mental Health System Being Pushed to the Brink

The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing America into a mental health crisis that we aren't prepared to address. Social isolation, financial distress, fears about health and an uncertain future are worsening symptoms for people with mental health conditions and causing new mental health challenges for many others.
 
We need your help in ensuring Congress takes action to address this growing crisis. 
 
Facebook Live on May 21st

NAMI New Hampshire Executive Director Ken Norton will appear on a Facebook Live event with Senator Maggie Hassan on Thursday, May 21st at 4:00 pm.

The event will be shared on NAMI NH's Facebook page.
Coffee with Chris

NAMI New Hampshire Executive Director Ken Norton appeared on a Facebook Live event with Congressman Chris Pappas on May 8th to discuss mental health in the Granite State.

Watch the video recording on NAMI NH's Facebook page.
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NH Legislature to Resume in Early June

The NH Legislature has currently suspended activity due to COVID-19, with plans to resume activities in early June.

Click here to see NAMI NH's 2020 legislative priorities, read our testimony, track all of  the mental health and suicide prevention bills we're following this session, sign up for public policy alerts, and more.  Questions?  Don't hesitate to contact us: advocacy@NAMINH.org.
NAMI NH Advocacy Sponsor: 
General Federation of Women's Clubs
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The General Federation of Women's Clubs made a $10,000 donation to support NAMI NH's advocacy efforts. This donation is part of the President's Project to Nurture Good Mental Health Through Awareness, and made possible through the Candia Community Woman's Club and their "In the Bag" fundraising.  Throughout the next year, clubs around the state will work with NAMI NH to raise awareness and funds. 
In the News


Ken Norton on Psychiatric Boarding and New Hampshire's Crisis Redesign

Lawsuit Alleging Lack of Due Process for N.H. Mental Health Patients Moves Forward



Held Without A Hearing, Imprisoned Without Being Convicted: Lawsuits Question Treatment Of Individuals With Mental Illnesses

WMUR TV



Flatten the Mental Health Curve by Fixing Our Broken System

 A crisis mental-health hotline has seen an 891% spike in calls

Don't underestimate the effect of the coronavirus crisis on children's mental health

How CEOs Can Support Employee Mental Health in a Crisis

Eligibility for ACA Health Coverage Following Job Loss

Will the coronavirus be a breakout moment for virtual mental health care?
Yesterday in NH Emergency Departments...
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 18 adults (18 in EDs, 0 in correctional facilities) 
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were waiting for psychiatric hospital care.


NAMI New Hampshire  can connect those impacted by long ED waits with information, resources and support.  Click here to learn more. 

NAMI NH continues to make the ED boarding crisis a top priority of advocacy efforts on behalf of individuals and families affected by mental illness and suicide.  

NAMI NH to Appear on Dartmouth-Hitchcock Webinar

NAMI New Hampshire Executive Director Ken Norton will be a featured guest on the Wednesday, May 20th, 12 pm installment of Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Heads Up: Coping through COVID-19 webinar series.  

Virtual FREE screening of Resilience: 
The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope
Wednesday, May 20th, 4:30 pm
Mental Health Round Table
May 27th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

NAMI New Hampshire Executive Director Ken Norton will be a featured panelist at the NH Community Behavioral Health Association's Mental Health Round Table on May 27th.

Additional information coming soon... 
Save the Date for a Family to Family Chat!
Thursday, May 28th, 3:30 pm

Register to join the conversation with NAMI NH's Children & Youth Programs Team as we discuss anxiety and self-care - for kids and adults. Thank you to  Parent Information Center of NH  for presenting this important chat. 


Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

NAMI New Hampshire's Children & Youth Programs Team marked the recent Children's Mental Health Awareness Week by donning green, sharing resources, and doing what they do best - supporting kids and their families.

Our team is currently assisting 354 kids, and their families, across the Granite State.   Thanks to the generosity of a kind donor, NAMI NH's Children & Youth Programs folks had the privilege of delivering personalized care packages to several families with whom we work. To learn more, message info@NAMINH.org or call 1-800-242-6264.
Suicide Prevention & Survivors of Suicide Loss
US Senate Passes National Suicide Prevention Designation Hotline Act

This past week, the US Senate passed the National Suicide Prevention Designation Hotline Act. Sponsored by  Senators Cory Gardner and Tammy Baldwin, the bill officially designates a three-digit phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Veterans Crisis Line.  
Upcoming with NAMI NH


New ONLINE Weekly Family Support Group

To register, email Deb at NAMINHVirtual@gmail.com and include: 
tel. # | zip code | relationship/age of your family member/friend of primary concern 

. Storytime with NAMI New Hampshire

The NAMI NH family is having a blast sharing a weekly storytime video for kids of all ages.  Click below to watch the latest episodes of Storytime with NAMI New Hampshire, and hop over to our Facebook page each Friday for a new story.  You can watch all episodes anytime on our YouTube playlist.


ONLINE Live 
Parent & Caregiver Group Monthly on 2nd Wed.

Veteran & Military Families

Registration OPEN for NAMI Homefront Online!

NAMI Homefront is a free class designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country.

NAMI Homefront Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes.


Resources
. NAMI NH Webinar Highlight:
Effective Crisis Planning: What Families Need to Know

Effective Crisis Planning: What Families Need to Know

A step-by-step guide for people with loved ones with mental illness to create a crisis plan. With details of what to include in the plan and which actions to take, this webinar offers a template for those in need.  

NAMI NH's Online Groups

NAMI New Hampshire offers four unique online groups - they're places to find peer support, share experiences, offer encouragement, and pass along resources.  Click each link below to learn more and request membership.  

Don't hesitate to contact info@NAMINH.org  or call 1-800-242-6264 with any questions. 






NIMH Free Coloring & Activity Book
Did you know the human brain generates enough electricity to power a small lightbulb?

This free, printable coloring and activity book for children ages 8-12 features exciting facts about the human brain and mental health.


Telehealth for Special Populations during COVID-19 & Beyond

 Learn more:  unh.projectecho@unh.edu



NAMICon Goes Virtual for 2020

After thoughtful deliberation, NAMI National has made the difficult decision to transition NAMICon 2020 from an in-person meeting to a virtual experience. As you are aware, risks associated with large-scale live events this year remain unknown, and we are committed to the health and safety of all our attendees, staff, presenters, sponsors and exhibitors. We also recognize that many people and organizations now face tough budget decisions, especially related to travel and professional development opportunities, that may make the trip to Atlanta less feasible.


Development News
18th Annual NAMIWalks NH
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Concord, NH

Make plans to join us at New Hampshire's largest mental health and suicide prevention event!

Family-friendly, dog-friendly, free, and FUN - we look forward to seeing you at the 18th Annual NAMIWalks NH!

Walk Committee meetings are underway!  If you're interested in volunteering to help plan another record-breaking NAMIWalks NH, please contact Brittany Porter.


Stay tuned for more information about Party with a Purpose:  A Day of Hope!  Thank you to Janssen and AmeriHealth Caritas for their generous support of this event.  To learn more about our new virtual sponsorship opportunities,  please contact Kristen Welch , CFRE, Director of Development or call 603-225-5359 ext. 350.



Make an Impact
 
Despite the current situation, we want to share some key changes for the 2020 tax filing year that may be beneficial to you and your family during these difficult times.
 
The U.S. Congress has passed the CARES Act to provide economic assistance and there are some important changes that may make a difference for you this year.
 
Checks for individuals:  If you had an income of less than $75K last year, you will receive a check of $1,200.  Individuals who earned between $75K and $100K will also receive a check on a sliding scale based on their incomes.  If you have a bank account on file with the IRS, you likely received a direct deposit in mid-April.  Otherwise, the IRS will begin mailing checks in early May.
 
Additional Income Tax Charitable Deduction:  You can deduct up to $300 above the standard deduction for individuals in charitable contributions.  This is for everyone, even if you have no other itemizations.  
 
No "RMDs" from your IRA, but Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) are still a smarter way to give:  For individuals with IRA accounts, there are no Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) this year.  However, giving pre-tax funds out of your IRA will still lower your future tax burden compared to giving cash.  If you are interested in this method of giving, please contact your IRA custodian for more information.
 
We hope you find this information useful as you make important decisions about how to best support NAMI NH and other charities this year.  If you have any further questions about the CARES Act or just want to reach out, please contact Kristen Welch, CFRE, Director of Development or call 603-225-5359 ext. 350.
 
We are grateful for your steadfast and generous support of NAMI NH.
NAMI NH Corporate Sponsor Partners
 
NAMI New Hampshire is grateful to our Corporate Sponsors and Members for their steadfast commitment to improving the lives of Granite Staters affected by mental illness and suicide.   #hopestartswithyou



For information on  Corporate Sponsorship, or to discuss additional partnership opportunities, contact Kristen Welch, CFRE, Director of Development, at  kwelch@NAMINH.org or 603.235.5359 x350.

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