October 10, 2017

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"Mental Illness can be the most difficult experiences humans can go through. They can also be the most shining examples of courageousness and  bravery and hope that humans have to offer as well"
-Carlos Larrauri
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This edition of the NAMI-NYS E-News features the latest speaker addition to the our 2017 Education Conference as well as a interview with honoree Ron Powers. You will also find information on the expansion of the Excellence in Mental Health Care Act and an upcoming Town Hall meeting with OMH Commissioner Ann Marie Sullivan, MD. You will also find information on suicide and suicide prevention including the latest episode of Mental Health Now, a story about a famed radio host who lost her son to suicide and the latest prevention strategy advanced through NIMH research.

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!

NAMI-NYS is pleased to announce the latest addition to our 
 Don Kamin, PhD, Director of the Institute for Police, Mental Health and Community Collaboration and a board member of CIT International.

Don will be leading the session,  We've Come a Long Way Since Mayberry: Update on CIT &   How to Advocate for Implementation in Your Community.  This presentation will describe the progress in implementing the two objectives of the NYS Senate funded state-wide Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program: 1) to transform crisis response systems so that police are not the first responders to individuals suffering emotional crises in the community, and 2) to prepare law enforcement officers so that when they are the first responders they have the knowledge, skills and support to de-escalate situations and divert individuals from the criminal and juvenile justice systems. NAMI-NYS board member Sue Gagne will also participate in the session and  discuss specific actions she took to advocate for her county to be included in the CIT program.

The session taking place on Friday, November 10th will be a part of the criminal justice track and complete details  about the track will be announced shortly.

Click here to register for the conference.  

Watch an Interview with 2017 NAMI-NYS Honoree 
Ron Powers

Click here to watch an interview with 2017 NAMI-NYS honoree, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, Ron Powers. The interview is from a television station in Vermont and discusses Powers' views on how to reform the mental health and criminal justice system to better address the needs of people with serious mental  illness.

The interview is with Gay Maxwell, continuing education manager at the Brattleboro Retreat-a premier mental-health and addiction treatment center in southern Vermont. 

Click here  to register for the conference.

Watch the Latest Episode of Mental Health Now   

Click here to watch the latest episode of the NAMI-NYS produced television program  Mental Health Now  featuring Dr. Perry Hoffman, President of the National Education Alliance on Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD). Dr. Hoffman discusses both borderline personality disorder (one of the most misunderstood psychiatric disorders) and suicide prevention. The episode also details the important roles family and friends play both in advancing recovery and preventing suicide. 

NAMI Syracuse Holds Successful Education Conference

On October 4th NAMI Syracuse hosted their annual education conference. More than 200 people attended the event which discussed the latest in trauma informed care, mindfulness, the use of trans-magnetic stimulation and other holistic practices.  


NAMI Proudly Supports Expansion Of 
Excellence In Mental Health Act

On October 3, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced S 1905, a bill to expand the Excellence in Mental Health Act pilot program, which supports the implementation of Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs).

"NAMI enthusiastically supports this bill and believes that CCBHCs have the potential to significantly improve the quality of community mental health and addiction services."

S 1905 funds the 8 pilot states for another year (including New York) and expands the pilot to 11 more states.

Click here to read more. 

NAMI Board Member Carlos Larrauri Shares His Story
as Part of Mental Illness Awareness Week

NAMI board member Carlos Larrauri filmed a video for NAMI explaining how schizophrenia took him from being a National Hispanic Scholar  to "eating food out of the trash can and smoking cigarette butts from the ground." Carlos' message is that mental illnesses can be the most challenging thing someone can face, but there is hope and sharing stories of recovery is an important part of awareness and hope.

Click here to watch Carlos' video. 
New York News
OMH to Host Statewide Virtual Town Hall Featuring
Commissioner Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D

OMH is conducting a Statewide Virtual Town Hall on November 8, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with Commissioner Ann Sullivan, M.D. She will be presenting and taking feedback on several key priorities under the OMH Strategic Plan.
The town hall will be held online via WebEx  to maximize access for public participation, with one site at OMH Central Office for attendees who are unable to access the event online.
This event will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the OMH vision for the future, including progress on the Commissioner's top policy and planning priorities presented at last year's town hall. Comments and questions can be presented both online and live for those attending at the OMH site.
Click here to register for the Town Hall

National News
National Radio Host Delilah Rene Loses Son to Suicide

This past weekend popular syndicated radio show host Delilah Rene (whose Delilah Show is heard on more than 150 stations) shared on social media that her son Zachariah took his own life on October 2nd. She ad ded,  "He was being treated, counseled, and embraced fiercely by family and friends while battling depression for some time now."

Delilah is a single mother of 13 children, 10 of which she adopted. She also founded the "Point Hope Foundation" to aid children. "We endeavor to be a voice for forgotten children. Here in America we work with foster kids, trying to get people to adopt foster kids out of foster care." 

Children in the foster care system face a unique set of mental health challenges. 

Click here to read more.

Life-Saving Post-ER Suicide Prevention Strategies
 are Cost Effective
Three interventions designed for follow up of patients who are identified with suicide risk in hospital emergency departments save lives and are cost effective relative to usual care. A study led by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) modelled the use of the approaches in emergency departments and found that all three interventions compare favorably with a standard benchmark of cost-effectiveness used in evaluating healthcare costs.

"In the face of a gradually rising suicide rate, the need for effective prevention strategies is urgent," said NIMH Director Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. "These findings of cost-effectiveness add to the impetus for implementing these life-saving approaches. Importantly, they also make a strong case for expanding screening, which would allow us to reach many more of those at risk with life-saving interventions." 
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Clinical Trial Recruitment

The primary purpose of this research study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the oral drug AV-101 (an antagonist of the glycine receptor) versus placebo. The study aims to determine if this experimental drug has antidepressant effects and fewer side effects than other novel treatments for depression.
We are enrolling moderately depressed individuals between the ages of 18 and 65 with hard-to-treat major depressive disorder. This inpatient study lasts up to 14 weeks and procedures include a medication taper, taking the research drug, taking placebo and 4 brain imaging scans. Optional procedures include a lumbar puncture and catheter placement in the spine two times. After completing the study, participants receive short-term follow-up care at the NIH while transitioning back to a provider.
The study is conducted at theNIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and enrolls eligible participants from across the USA. Travel arrangements are provided and costs are covered by NIMH (arrangements vary by distance). There is no cost to participate and compensation is provided.
To find out if you qualify,  send an email to moodresearch@mail.nih.gov ,
 or call 1-877-646-3644 (1-877-MIND-NIH [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].

As is our tradition, the 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference, will once again feature an Update on NIMH research. This year, we are thrilled to welcome  Kathleen R Merikangas, Ph.D, Chief of NIMH's Genetic Epidemiology Research Branch. Dr. Merikangas will present on her landmark community-based family study of affective spectrum disorders and their overlap with other mental disorders and medical disorders such as migraine and cardiovascular disease.

Click here to register for the conference. 
   There is still time to support

If you are one of the thousands of people who received education and/or support from NAMI-NYS thus past year or if you believe in NAMI-NYS's mission of providing help and hope to communities in all corners of the state, then we ask that you please support our NAMIWalks Efforts. 

Even if you couldn't join us for the walk please consider making a donation to our NAMIWalks effort by clicking here

See Pictures from NAMIWalks NYS

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Click here to learn more and register for the 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference-
Engagement, Implementation, Internvention: Three Pronged Approach to Sustainable Mental Health Recovery, taking place November 10-12 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.
OCTOBER 10 -The Brain and Behavioral Research Foundation hosts their free monthly Q&A webinar series: Psychosocial Interventions for Maternal Depression:Impact on School Age Children
Presented by: Holly A. Swartz, M.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2006 Young Investigator
Moderated by: Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
2:00pm-3:00pm EST
Dr. Swartz will discuss findings from a randomized trial comparing two brief psychosocial interventions as treatments for depressed mothers of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. She will focus on the effects of maternal depression treatment on children.
Join by phone or on the web: bbrfoundation.org/octoberwebinar

OCTOBER 11-NAMI NYC Metro Seeds of Hope: Ending the Silence. Wednesday October 11th from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion West. For more information regarding Sponsorship or Ticket/Table Sales, please email Sarah Sheahan or call her at 212.684.3365 x 207.Click here to purchase Tickets/Tables

OCTOBER 14-NAMI Rensselaer 4th Annual Recognition Dinner & Consumer Art Show. Otcober 14th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Moscatiello's Italian Family Restaurant, 99 N. Greenbush Road (Rt. 4), Troy, NY  12180. Directions: www.moscatiellos.com . Buffet Dinner and cash bar, Members $25.00, Non Member $30.00. Please make checks payable to NAMI Rensselaer County, Inc. RSVP by October 1st. NAMI Rensselaer County, PO Box 397,  West Sand Lake, NY  12196, (518)588-6949.Contact Mary Beth Honsinger at 518-491-3743 or Sandra Dinato at 518-439-3834.              

OCTOBER 17-NAMI Rochester hosts the 16th Annual Jessica Henderson Memorial Event. NAMI Rochester is thrilled to welcome Mike Veny as the 2017 Jessica Henderson Event featured speaker. Mike Veny is one of America's leading mental health speakers and a high-energy drum circle facilitator. He has delivered educational, engaging, and entertaining presentations to audiences throughout the world. As a 2017 PM360 ELITE Award Winner, Mike is recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry. He starred in several OC87 Recovery Diaries documentary films, two of which were featured at Rochester's own 2017 Reel Minds Film series.
Doors open at 6:00pm | Program begins at 7:00pm
Penfield High School Auditorium
25 High School Drive, Penfield, NY 14526

Click here to learn more and register.

OCTOBER 26-NAMI Staten Island will be holding their 27th Annual Awards Celebration. This year's honorees are:
-Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City
-Rosanne Gaylor, MD, Executive Director of South Beach Psychiatric Center (retired)
Russell Joffee, MD, Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Staten Island University Hospital Northwell Health
Pete Shiffman, RN, Nurse Administrator, South Beach Psychiatric Center, President, NAMI Staten Island

The event will begin at 6pm at LiGreci's Staaten, 697 Forest Ave. Staten Island NY, 10310 Click here for more information and Email Joan Rowley to register. 

OCTOBER 26- Capital District Psychiatric Center, Inpatient Discharge Services & Best Practices Presented By Chris Tosado, LCSW-R CDPC Social Work Supervisor. Thursday October 26th at  5:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the CDPC Family Resource Center. 75 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY.There will be time for Questions and Answers as well as support services after the presentation.For more information or to register contact: Frank Greco, Director of Family Services (518) 549-6816
Click here to download flyer

OCTOBER 27-Northern Rivers presents the second part of their two-part symposium on psychosis, Who Said the Voices Aren't Real?
Part 2: Hearing Voices: An Experiential Learning Workshop
Friday, October 27
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (If demand warrants, a 1:00 p.m. workshop will be added)
Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute (SATRI)
60 Academy Rd, Albany, NY 12208 
The workshop is limted to 40 participants.
In this 3 hour workshop, participants will learn about the experience of hearing distressing voices through didactics and using headphones to listen to a specially designed recording. During this simulated experience of hearing voices, participants undertake a series of tasks including social interaction in the community, and mock psychiatric interview. The simulation experience is followed by a debriefing and discussion period. Watch a video clip of Pat Deegan, the developer of the hearing voices simulation, describing the process.
*Please note that this training is not recommended for individuals who hear voices as the simulation experience can be triggering.
OCTOBER 28-Healthy Minds Empowerment Conference. from  8:00 AM-2:00 PM at  Medaille College 18 Agassiz Cir, Buffalo, NY 14214. For Teens (7th-12th grade), Parents & Teen Leaders.Questions about this event may be directed to Ann Venuto, President of NAMI Buffalo annvenuto@gmail.com /(716) 689-1159, or Josephine Cross, Chairman of the Health Promotion Committee of AKA Gamma Phi Omega Chapter akagpo@gmail.com / (716) 636-3014. Click here for more information. Join us for a day of free workshops to explore the emotional and mental well being of youth and to empower youth and adults who care for them. *Free Breakfast & Lunch

NOVEMBER 2nd-Join NAMI Queens/Nassau for a Conversation with Senator John Brooks, the Ranking Member of the Senate Mental Health Committee, who will be an honored guest at the Conversation and other NY State Legislators from Queens & Nassau

NAMIQN is honored and pleased to invite you to a Conversation with NY State Legislators. We have invited every State Senator and Assembly member from Queens and Nassau to attend. We will speak with legislators about such important topics as housing, Case Management, Assisted Outpatient Treatment, Revolving Door Mental Health Care, Support for people with dual diagnoses, and other topics about which the legislators need to be informed.
T he event will begin at 7:00 P.M. at The Shelter Rock Unitarian Universalist Congregation located at 48 Shelter Rock Road in Manhasset.
Please let us know you are coming to help make a difference!

NOVEMBER 14th-The Brain and Behaviroral Research Foundation hosts their free monthly Q&A webinar series: Research Updates: Improving Functioning in Schizophrenia
Presented by: Stephen R. Marder, M.D. University of California, Los Angeles Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Director, Section on Psychosis, 2016 Lieber Prizewinner for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research
Moderated by: Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.

2:00pm-3:00pm EST
Patients with psychotic illnesses are usually interested in treatments that relieve active symptoms and improve their abilities to function at work, school, and in their everyday lives. This webinar will provide an overview of recent research on pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to improving functioning.
Join by phone or on the web: bbrfoundation.org/novemberwebinar
DECEMBER 3-5: Better Outcomes at the Intersection of Mental Health and Criminal Justice Conference. The Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement (IBHI) is hosting a national conference December 3 - 5 in Miami, Fla. With support from the Mental Health Foundation, the conference will showcase the remarkable progress that can be achieved when community leaders, public safety officials and other stakeholders work together to better coordinate efforts and integrate programs to  improve outcomes for people with behavioral health treatment needs. Full agenda  and registration at www.ibhi.net. 

DECEMBER 12-The Brain and Behaviroral Research Foundation hosts their free monthly Q&A webinar series: Robert Lowell: Courage, Genius, and Bipolar Disorder
Presented by: Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders, Professor of Psychiatry, 2010 NARSAD Productive Lives Award
Moderated by: Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.

2:00pm-3:00pm EST
Robert Lowell, one of the greatest of American poets, had particularly devastating bipolar disorder. The webinar will discuss his illness and its relationship to his genius, as well as the role Lowell's enormous discipline and courage played in his life and writing.
Join by phone or on the web:

Signature Programs

OCTOBER 10- NAMI Rensselaer Family-to-Family. Tuesdays October 10th -December 19th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 420 New Scotland Ave, Albany NY 12208. Contact  Sandy (518)439-3834  or Mary Beth (518)491-3743 to register.

OCTOBER 9, 11 and 12- NAMI Homefront classes online.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the following sessions:
Eastern, Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. ET, Oct. 9 -  Nov. 13
Pacific, Mondays 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. PT, Oct. 9 - Nov. 13
Mountain, Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. MT, Oct. 11 - Nov. 15
Central, Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. CT, Oct. 12 - Nov. 16
Pre-registration is required and space is limited. All participants are screened to ensure this program is appropriate for their needs.
Learn more about NAMI Homefront, and other NAMI programs, online at www.nami.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please email namieducation@nami.org.
The NAMI Homefront Team, Email: namieducation@nami.org ,Phone: 703-524-7600  
Click Here to Register

OCTOBER 17 - NAMI Montgomery, Fulton and Hamilton Family-to-Family. Tuesdays October 17th -January 2nd, 6:00 to 8:00PM at #2390 Riverfront Center, Amsterdam, NY  12010. To register call 518-843-3261 or namimfh@gmail.com.

OCTOBER 21-NAMI Mid-Hudson Basics. Saturdays, October 21, 28, November 4th, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at the Arlington High School,  1157 State Route 55, Lagrangeville NY. Contact: Tina Lee,  programs@namimidhudson.org  or (845) 206-9892.

NOVEMBER 1-NAMI-NYC Metro Basics. Wednesdays, November 1st-December 6, 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm at 505 8th Avenue, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10018.  To register contact Deniece Chi (212)684-3365 x 203 / parent@naminyc.org.

NOVEMBER 2-NAMI NYC Metro Basics. Thursdays, November 2nd - December 7th, 10:00 am-12:30 pm at 505 8th Avenue, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10018.  To register contact Deniece Chi at (212) 684-3365 x 203 / parent@naminyc.org. 

NOVEMBER 3-NAMI-NYC Metro Basics (SPANISH SPEAKING) Fridays, November 3rd - December 8th, 10:00 am-12:30 pm at 505 8th Avenue, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10018.  To register contact Deniece Chi at (212) 684-3365 x 203 / parent@naminyc.org. 

Please contact your local affiliate program leaders for more information and how to enroll.
NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher Training
October 20th-22nd, 2017
Trainers: Pam Soloman & Geraldine 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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