January 13, 2017

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This edition of the NAMI E-News includes information on three of our upcoming events: The 2017 Legislative Advocacy Day, A Brighter Day and NAMIWalks NYS 2017.

We hope everyone enjoys their Martin Luther King Day weekend.  

As always, we want to know about the work you are doing. Please email  Matthew@NAMINYS.org with details and pictures about your work. This way we can feature it in the E-News and print Newsletter. Showcasing your work will allow others to learn from you and that's the best way we can grow together as an organization. 

Hope Starts With You!
Registration Now Open for 2017 NAMI-NYS Events

NAMI-NYS is pleased to announce the details of three of our upcoming events.

Our 2017 Legislative Advocacy Day will be taking place on Tuesday, February 14th. You can click here to visit the event's webpage to learn about our 2017 Legislative Agenda and register for the event. We encourage all of you to participate in the day and help us project our advocacy voice.

The 5th Annual A Brighter Day event will be taking place on April 21st. The event allows NAMI-NYS to raise funds and awareness during a lovely evening complimentary food. This year, we are pleased to be joined by Dr. John Forsyth. Click here to learn more and register. 

The webpage for our 2017 NAMIWalks NYS is also now open. You can click here to start your team and join the movement.

Action Alert
Join the Martin Luther King Day Call-In 
for Raise the Age

On January 16, advocates from throughout the state will be calling Senate President John Flanagan to urge the Senate to join Governor Cuomo and the Assembly in working to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York State. Raise the age one of the criminal justice reforms in our legislative action agenda. 

Click here to learn more.
NAMI's Ron Honberg Discusses the Fort Lauderdale Shooting on MSNBC

Click here  to watch NAMI's Senior Policy Adviser Ron Honberg  discusses the alleged gunman in the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, and if there is a disconnect between treatment of mental illnesses and gun laws in the U.S.

NAMI Offers Tip Sheets on Encouraging Early Psychosis Treatment
In the course of NAMI's, we see all too much heartbreak when people with emerging psychosis don't get the services they need. It doesn't have to be this way. Congress now requires states to set aside 10% of their block grant for the proven array of First Episode Psychosis (FEP) services. But mere allocation of federal dollars won't fulfill the vision in which EVERY young person in need can get these life changing services.

This is why NAMI has produced new informational resources on encouraging people to engage in FEP.

Click here for Encouraging People to Seek Help for Early Psychosis 
Click here for youth and young adults
Click here for families and other stakeholders
Click here for school staff and coaches

New York State News
A Psychiatrist's Quest to Understand PTSD

The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Dr. 
Charles Marmar of NYU Langone Medical Center is on a search for better ways to diagnose and treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

Click here to read more. 

National News
New York Times  Examines the 
Fort Lauderdale Shooting

An article from the New York Times examines the reported symptoms of Esteban Santiago, the alleged perpetrator of the shooting rampage at the Ft Lauderdale airport.  Experts suggest that Santiago may suffer from schizophrenia, as it was reported that he experienced hallucinations, including hearing voices.  The professionals cited in the article suggest that Santiago's psychosis may have been triggered by the stress of combat, but that does not necessarily mean that his diagnosis would include PTSD.  The article states, "

Veterans have complained that too often they are labeled with the disorder, and that ascribing all violent acts among veterans to the psychological scars of war perpetuates damaging stereotypes." PTSD is a very real problem for returning service members, but that does not preclude the fact that they may be suffering from other disorders. As Bill Rausch of Got Your 6 states, "Anyone who has ever known someone with mental illness knows it's extremely complicated and hard to deal with," Mr. Rausch said. "Blaming on military experience keeps us from having a real conversation about how to fix things. This isn't a veteran problem, it's an American problem."

Click here to read more.

Simple Checklist Leads to 82% Drop in Mental Health Patient Suicides
The VA introduced a Mental Health Environment Checklist to several of its inpatient mental health units, leading to a significant decrease in suicides.  The checklist is used as a guide for health workers to eliminate physical hazards that would raise the risk of patients harming themselves.  Dr. Vince Watts, who led the study conducted on the checklist stated, "It appears that the Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist has had a substantial and persistent reduction in inpatient suicide deaths. These findings suggest that architectural and environmental changes may result in more lasting effects in contrast to other improvement strategies for reducing suicides in hospital units." 

Click here to read more. 

NIMH Update

Click here to read the latest Update from NIMH.

 Research Study Recruitment: Brain Imaging of Childhood Onset Psychiatric Disorders, Endocrine Disorders and 
Healthy Volunteers

NIH Behavior and Brain Imaging Research Study currently enrolling children and young adults (5-25 years old) with X & Y chromosome variations. Participation includes an initial 2-day outpatient visit and a visit every 2 years to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Compensation, transportation within US, lodging, and meal allowance provided. For more information, contact Jonathan Blumenthal, MA at jb364e@nih.gov or (301) 435-4516.

Save the Dates

CLICK HERE to learn more.

January 25th NAMI Westchester will be holding their 2017 Advocacy Event featuring NAMI-NYS Associate Director for Public Affairs Matthew Shapiro and other speakers. The event will be taking place from 7-9pm at St. Vincent's Hospital 
275 North Street, Harrison, NY 10528

Click here for more information.

February 14-NAMI-NYS Advocacy Day. Meeting Room 4 Empire State Concourse. More info coming next week.

February 16Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services presents "Overview of Mobile Crisis Services" featuring Katie Flanagan, LCSW. The discussion will take place at the CDPC Family Resource Center located at  75 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208
beginning at 5pm and will be followed by a family support group.

Click here to register and for more information.

February 16- NAMI Westchester will hold a screening of "People Say I'm Crazy" at the Picture House, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803

Doors open 6 p.m. -- Screening begins at 6:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion to follow screening with leading professionals
in the field of schizophrenia and individuals living in recovery.
Tickets $15 per person
Tickets must be purchase in advance by February 12, 2017

Click here for more information.

March 7- Information meeting for 2017 NAMIWallks NYS. More information coming soon.

April 21-2017 "A Brighter Day" event at Glenpeter Jewelers. More information coming soon. 
Signature Programs
JANUARY 11-   NAMI Rockland,Family Support Group
Wednesday, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at  RPC, 140 Old Orangeburg Rd., Bldg#57, 1st Fl Classroom, Orangeburg, NY  10962

JANUARY 11-  NAMI Rochester Family-to-Family. Wednesdays, January 11th - March 29th, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm.
NAMI Rochester Office, 320 N. Goodman Street, Suite 103, Rochester, NY 14607. Contact Beth Winslow-D'Amico at (585) 423-1593 or beth@namirochester.org
NAMI Mid-Hudson offers a three-week NAMI Basics course through February 4th. The course will be held from 9am-3pm at the North East Community Center located at 51 South Center Street Millerton  NY 12546.

To register, please contact: Jo Ann Brown, Program Director (845) 832-6368 or email: programs@namimidhudson.org  

Click here for more information. 

JANUARY 23NAMI Long Island Family to Family. Mondays starting Jan 23 until April 24 (no class Jan 20 and Feb 6). Syosset Hospital 221 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset, NY 11791. Contact information: Vincent Esselborn  (516) 742-7839 Home, (516) 941-8946 Cell.

JANUARY 24- NAMI Rensselaer will be starting a Family Support Group the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month 6:00 pm-7:30 pm at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 420 New Scotland Ave, Albany NY 12208. Contact information:Jeff Kellert (518)-527-5669/jmk82652@aol.com or Christine Rickeman (518)462-2000 / christine@naminys.org

JANUARY 30- NAMI Rensselaer Family to Family. Mondays Starting January 30 until April 24, 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm. NAMI-NYS Office 99 Pine St. Suite 105, Albany, NY 12207. Contact information: Mary Beth Nelligan at mbnelligan@gmail.com or Christine Rickeman at (518) 462-2000 / christine@naminys.org

MARCH 2 - NAMI Queens Nassau Family-to-Family. Thursdays March 2nd - May 18th 7:00 pm- 9:30 pm. Walk in Love for Jesus Church, 906 Newbridge Road, North Bellmore,L.I. NY 11710. Contact namiqn@aol.com / (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284 or Carol Ann Viccora (516) 221-6168 / Elizabeth Janow (516) 742-8413.  

MARCH 8 -NAMI Rochester in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs will be offering a NAMI Homefront course through April 12th. The course will be offered on Wednesday's from 6-8:30pm at Vet Center located at Crossbridge Office Park, 2000 S. Winton Rd, Bldg 5, Suite 201 Rochester, NY 14618.

Click here to register. 

APRIL 4 - NAMI Queens Nassau Family-to-Family. Tuesdays April 4th - June 27th, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm. Unitarian Universalist Congregational at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset, NY 11030. Contact: namiqn@aol.com / (516) 326-0797 or Ellen Ritz RN  el.ritz@yahoo.com / (516)330-9778
Rev. Val Gittens valgittnes@aol.com / (516) 749-4432 

APRIL 6 - NAMI Rochester Family-to-Family.  Thursdays, April 6th - June 22nd, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm.  
NAMI Rochester Office, 320 N. Goodman Street, Suite 103, Rochester, NY 14607.  Contact Beth Winslow-D'Amico at (585) 423-1593 or beth@namirochester.org.

SEPTEMBER 6 - NAMI Rochester Family-to-Family. Wednesdays, September 6th -November 29th, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm.  
NAMI Rochester Office, 320 N. Goodman Street, Suite 103, Rochester, NY 14607.  Contact Beth Winslow-D'Amico at (585) 423-1593 or beth@namirochester.org.
Please contact your local affiliate program leaders for more information and how to enroll.

NAMI Ending the Silence
March 4th, 2017
Trainer: Jodie Terhune
Location: NAMI Rochester Office
NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher Training
March 10th-12th, 2017
Trainers: Ann Canastra & Cheri Caiella
Location: Comfort Suite Cicero-Syracuse
NAMI Basics Teacher Training
April 1st-2nd, 2017
Trainers Almarie Tulloch & Karen Alvarez
Location: NAMI Rockland Office
NAMI Peer-to-Peer Mentor Training
April 21st-23rd, 2017
Trainers: Cynthia Scott & Donna Israel
Location: NAMI-NYS Office Albany
NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher Training
May 19th-21st, 2017
Trainers: Patti Sacher & Bonnie Goldberg
Location: NAMI-NYS Office Albany
NAMI Homefront Teacher Training
May 20th-21st, 2017
Trainers: Pam Solomon & Jerry Burton
Location: NAMI-NYS Office Albany
NAMI Support Group Facilitator Training
March 25th-26th, 2017
Trainers: Pat Sine & Jack Goldstein
Location: NAMI Rochester Office
NAMI Support Group Facilitator Training
June 3rd-4th, 2017
Trainers: Deniece Chi & Nancy Parker
Location: NAMI-NYS Office Albany
NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter Training
June 3rd-4th, 2017
Trainers: Bill Perun & Chris Wasilenko
Location: NAMI Rochester Office
NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter Training
June 24th-25th, 2017
Trainers: Cynthia Scott & Lady Charmaine Day
Location: NAMI-NYS Office Albany
NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher Training
October 20th-22nd, 2017
Trainers: Patti Sacher & Bonnie Goldberg
Location: NAMI-NYS Office Albany
NAMI Homefront Teacher Training
October 21st-22nd, 2017
Trainers: Pam Solomon & Jerry Burton
Location; NAMI-NYS Office Albany

To have your events and Signature Programs listed in the E-Newsletter contact Christine Rickeman at christine@naminys.org.   

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