We start this week's edition of the NAMI-NYS E-Newsletter
with the news that Governor Cuomo began Mental Illness Awareness Week by signing the Mental Health in Education Bill. We want to thank our colleagues at MHANYS for leading the coalition effort around this bill and all of our advocates who projected their voice on this issue. #HopeStartsWithYou
This marks the second of our three top legislative priorities (along with Paid Family Leave) for 2016 to be enacted by the Governor. We now turn our attention to make three out of three, as we continue urge the Governor to sign regulations to step therapy and fail first procedures.
Click here to learn how to make your voice heard on this issue.
As always, we want to know about the work you are doing. Please email
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.
Full Agenda for
2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference
You can click here to view the agenda for the conference taking place November 11-13th at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. In reviewing the full agenda, we're sure you will agree that this year's conference is one of the most diverse NAMI-NYS has ever produced and explores new subjects to promote all forms of recovery. The agenda also details which sessions will be CEU accredited. More information about CEU's will be available shortly.
NAMI Syracuse Education Conference A Big Success and Demonstrates that Mental Health Reform Should Not be Political or a Partisan Issue
On October 5th NAMI Syracuse held their annual Educational Conference, Preparing for Tomorrow. As part of the conference Congressman John Katko (NY-24) and Assemblyman William Magnarelli (A-129) were presented with the
Joe Gentile Community Action Award
recognizing their work with the Youth Mental Health Task Force, a collaborative effort that involves the elected officials, NAMI Syracuse and SUNY Upstate Medical Center. The physical awards include a clock, which NAMI Syracuse President Karen Winters Schwartz explained during the award presentation symbolized the time is now to act for mental health reform.
The fact that Congressman Katko is Republican and Assemblyman Magnarelli is a Democrat once again demonstrates that the need for mental health reform cuts across party lines and is something both parties can work together on.
NAMI-NYS Public Engagement Coordinator Matthew Shapiro, attended the conference and had a productive meeting with Rep Katko (who lost a family member to suicide) to discuss the next steps after passing HR. 2646 and the need to urge the Senate to pass their mental health bill. They also discussed New York legislation that the Congressman can urge fellow Republicans to support. Matthew also spoke with Assemblyman Magnarelli and looks forward to developing this relationship in Albany.
DISCLAIMER: Both Congressman Katko and Assemblyman Magnarelli are running for re-election this year. Their inclusion in the event or the E-News should not be considered an endorsement from NAMI-NYS or NAMI Syracuse.
NAMI-NYS Joins New York State Office of Mental Health in Mental Illness Awareness Week Exhibiting
As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, NAMI-NYS joined the New York State Office of Mental Health in exhibiting and providing mental health and NAMI resources on the Empire State Plaza Concourse.
The Fall Season Brings Major Events for NAMI-NYS
Affiliates Across the State
Along with the
NAMI-NYS Education Conference
, the Fall season will find affiliates of NAMI-NYS having major educational and awareness events in every corner of the state and we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some.
Tomorrow, NAMI Finger Lakes will present Marijuana and Mental Illness at the Space at Greenstar from 2 to 4:30 pm. Marc Manseau MD, MPH.
clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine,
will keynote the afternoon talking about his research on "Marijuana and Psychosis."
email Jean Poland
for more information.
On October 15th, NAMI Westchester will host NAMI-NYS Public Engagement Coordinator Matthew Shapiro for a presentation Moving Forward: Next Steps in Mental Health Advocacy in New York State.
for more information and
email Sharon McCarthy
On October 25, NAMI Rochester will host the 15th Annual Jessica Henderson Memorial Event. The featured speaker will be WNBA great Chamique Holdsclaw. Chamique's mental illness recovery journey was recently featured in the documentary film Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw.
for more information.
On November 16th, NAMI-NYC Metro will host their Seeds of Hope Gala.
The event will be hosted by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels. One of the pioneers of Hip-Hop culture and a founding member of Run-DMC, Darryl is an author and mental health advocate. He recently published his memoir, Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide. Click here for more information.
View our Save the Date section for all upcoming events and be sure to let us know about events you are hosting by emailing Christine@naminys.org
While Mental Health was Briefly Featured in the Vice-Presidential Debates, NAMI and Others Push for More Mental Health Reform Discussion in Debates
On Tuesday night, mental health briefly captured the attention of millions of people who tuned into the vice-presidential debate. Moderator, Elaine Quijano asked: After the Dallas police shooting, Police Chief David Brown said, quote, "We're asking cops to do too much in this country. Every societal failure we put it off on the cops to solve. Not enough mental health funding, not enough drug addiction funding, schools fail, let's give it to the cops." Do we ask too much of police officers in this country? And how would you specifically address the chief's concerns? Click here to read more and see how the Senator Kaine and Governor Pence answered.
While this inclusion is a positive step, mental health reform needs to have a larger role in this year's election focus. That's why NAMI is teaming up with 29 health organizations to urge the Oct. 9 presidential debate moderators-CNN's Anderson Cooper and ABC's Martha Raddatz-to ask a question about mental health. The debate will take the form of a town hall meeting. Half of the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants, and the other half will be posed by the moderators based on topics of public interest as reflected in social media and other sources. Americans can submit and then vote on questions online at PresidentialOpenQuestions.com, and ABC and CNN have agreed to consider the 30 most popular topics when they plan the debate. Click here to read more and make your voice heard.
FOX NFL Sunday Hosts Wear NAMI Pins During
Last Sunday's Telecast
Did you catch FOX Sports last Sunday? It's Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) and FOX Sports joined NAMI by shining a light on mental illness. We're excited to see sportscasters, including Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan, Howie Long and more sporting NAMI pins during NFL games this week!
to read the latest New York State Office of Mental Health Newsletter.
This month's issue discusses how New York State Office of Mental Health is moving toward a fully integrated health care system, transforming the services we provide for those we serve. OMH News is published monthly for people served by, working, involved or interested in New York State's mental health programs.
Research Conducted at SUNY Binghamton on Normative Brain Development in Children Could Help Doctors Test for Depression
A focus on brain development, particularly in early childhood, may eventually be the key to detecting psychiatric risk before the symptoms have the chance to progress. Research at Binghamton University, State University of New York suggests that significant changes in the structure of brain activity occur during the early school years, and that such changes can potentially benchmark normative brain development in children.
Binghamton psychology researchers measured the "resting state" brain activity of over 450 children ages 7 to 11 using electroencephalography (EEG) technology to learn how brain electrical activity changes during this period.
to read more.
Participate in Research Conducted Through
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Do You Cut or Hurt Yourself on Purpose?
Researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute are conducting a study of an investigational, minimal risk, non-invasive treatment called Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), as a form of therapy for people who hurt themselves.
If you cut or hurt yourself, are between the ages of 18-60 and are interested in participating in a research study involving assessments of your mood and behavior, brain imaging, and tDCS, please contact Damaris Fuster firstname.lastname@example.org or at 646-774-7561. More information is also available attdcsresearch.wordpress.com
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation's
Healthy Minds Begins New Season
Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeff Borenstein is a public television series produced by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.
One in five people has a diagnosable mental disorder, but often fear and shame prevent people from seeking help. Healthy Minds aims to remove the stigma of mental illness and demonstrate that with help, there is hope. The series humanizes common psychiatric conditions through inspiring personal stories as well as experts sharing cutting edge information about diagnosis and treatment. Topics for the series' fourth season include suicide prevention, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and motherhood, and the mental health issues faced by our veterans.
to learn more about this season and where you can watch the show.
Posts by Rapper Kid Cudi Gives
Black Men A Space To Talk About Their Mental Health
Earlier this week, rapper Kid Cudi took to social media to talk about his battle with anxiety and depression. This sparked an outpouring of emotion and support from African-Americans who told of their own struggles with mental illness. The discussion developed the hashtag #YouGoodMan. African-American males have traditionally been reluctant to discuss their mental health struggles.
to read more.
USA TODAY Details the Need for CIT
USA Today this week detailed how police departments and policymakers around the country are grappling with how to bolster training for cops on mental health issues in the midst of a string of high-profile fatal incidents involving suspects believed to be in the throes of mental breakdowns.
"The current debate on policing in America has largely focused on whether inherent racial bias has led to police disproportionately using deadly force against African-Americans.
But long simmering on the back burner is the struggle for police departments to deal with the eye-popping number of deadly incidents that involve people with mental health issues."
Click here to read the full article which quotes NAMI and our colleagues at the Treatment Advocacy Center
Join A Study of Schizophrenia and the Brain:
A Six-month Inpatient Evaluation Study
Have you been diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder? Are you between 18 and 55 years of age? Would you be willing to live at the Clinical Center on the NIH campus for six months? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study designed to understand the neurological basis of schizophrenia and to determine which symptoms are related to the illness and which are related to the medications used to treat the illness.
This six-month study has three phases: In the first phase you will participate in many comprehensive medical, neurological, cognitive, and psychiatric evaluations. In the second phase, the research phase, you will be tapered off of your medication for about 4 weeks. In the time that your medication is discontinued, research procedures will allow investigators to distinguish the effects of the illness on the brain without the interference of the medication's effects. In the third phase, you will have the opportunity to stabilize using the treatment selected to be most helpful to you.
to learn about sponsorship opportunities
Click here to register for the 2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference taking place November 11-13 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany.
-NAMI Rensselaer County will hold their 3rd Annual Recognition Dinner & Consumer Art Show. This year's honoree is Philip C. Nasca, PhD, Dean of SUNY School of Public Health. The event will take place from 6:30-9:00pm at Moscatiello's Italian Family Restaurant, 99 N. Greenbush Road (Rt. 4), Troy, NY. For more information and to register call 518-588-6949.
October 8th-NAMI Finger Lakes will present Marijuana and Mental Illness at the Space at Greenstar from 2 to 4:30 pm. Marc Manseau MD, MPH. clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. will keynote the afternoon talking about his research on "Marijuana and Psychosis." Click here or email Jean Poland for more information.
October 12-NAMI Westchester holds the latest in their Speaker Series 7:30 - 9:00 pm at St. Vincent's Hospital, Harrison, NY 10528
Speaker: Dr. Nikhil Palekar, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College
Topic: Recent Advances in the Treatment of Schizophrenia
NAMI Westchester welcomes NAMI-NYS Public Engagement Coordinator, Matthew Shapiro to present, "Moving Forward, Next Steps in Mental Health Advocacy in New York State." The presentation will take place at St. Vincent's Hospital 275 North Street in Harrison, beginning at 1pm. Lunch will be provided, please RSVP to
for more information
The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention presents Out Of The Darkness Walk 10am, FDR Park in Yorktown. Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. They need volunteers or for more information contact Maria Idoni (914) 610-9156 or email@example.com.
- Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist: Schizophrenia, presented by Herbert Y. Meltzer, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Physiology, Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Register now:
NAMI Putnam County will be holding their Annual Membership Meeting. Apple Harvest night. From 6:45- 8:45p.m. at the Mahopac Library in the periodicals Room 2nd floor, 668 Route 6 Mahopac, NY.
*In order to vote for members of the NAMI Putnam Board, you need to be in good standing as of October 7, 2016
NAMI Westchester 2
Annual Educational Conference -Lets Talk...The Road Ahead.
This is an educational opportunity for parents, students and educators to receive information on how to prepare for life after high school.
Key note speaker:
Kevin Hines, author of Cracked Not Broken.
Event will be held at Westchester Community College from 4 to 7 pm (6-7 pm optional workshops) For more information and to register go to
NAMI Rochester will host the 15th Annual Jessica Henderson Memorial Event. The featured speaker will be WNBA great Chamique Holdsclaw. Chamique's mental illness recovery journey was recently featured in the documentary film Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw.
October 27 and 28th
-The Mental Health Association Awards Dinner and Conference.
Register for both events and receive a discount!
Join us for a festive evening as we come together for a wonderful night to celebrate our MHA affiliate members and our colleagues across the state at our Annual Awards Dinner on October 27
On October 28th
come to hear leading national behavioral health expert Linda Rosenberg's Keynote Address titled '
Creating Change that Matters: The Importance of Mental Health in Healthcare Reform'
Register today at MHANYS.org!
The Association of Community Living Agencies in Mental Health (ACLAIMH) will host its 37th Annual Conference - Housing is Healthcare (Open to All) - on Tuesday, November 1st-Friday, November 4th at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY. There will be many sessions that provide social work continuing education credits. Association of Community Living Agencies in Mental Health, Inc., (ACLAIMH), SW CPE is recognized by the New York Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers.
NAMI Staten Island will be holding their 26
Annual Awards Celebration at Li Greci's restaurant beginning at 6pm.
The Honorees are:
Deborah Bostwick OTR, MPS: Program Supervisor, Anna Erica CDT & Clinic Richmond University Medical Center
Kenneth Cybulska: NAMI Connections facilitator & NAMI In Our Own Voice presenter
Danielle Douglas: Detective Specialist, NYPD Patrol Borough S.I. Community Affairs 122 Precinct
David Hughes: NAMI Connections facilitator & NAMI Peer -To- Peer mentor
- Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist: Could We Someday Prevent Schizophrenia Like We Prevent Cleft Palate? Presented by Robert R. Freedman, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine. Register now:
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) would like to invite you to our exciting event with the Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement, "
Embracing Hope, Fighting Stigma
at the New York Marriott Downtown featuring insights by Dr. Herbert Pardes, Executive Vice Chair of NY Presbyterian Hospital.
Please RSVP as soon as possible, space is limited
Thank you for your support and participation.
2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference-
New Horizons in Recovery: Breakthroughs in Research and Treatment. The Desmond Hotel, Albany. Click here for more information
NAMI-NYC Metro will host their Seeds of Hope Gala.
The event will be hosted by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels. One of the pioneers of Hip-Hop culture and a founding member of Run-DMC, Darryl is an author and mental health advocate. He recently published his memoir, Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide. Click here for more information
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist: Neuroinflammatory Hypotheses of Depression, presented byYvette I. Sheline, MD.
NAMI Rockland will offer the NAMI Basics at St. Dominic's Home / Home and Community Based Waiver Program located at
500 Western Highway Blauvelt, NY 10913 from
6:30pm to 9:00 pm Teachers: Anne Arias & Rita Strumph. For more information and to register please call
NAMI Huntington will be offering the NAMI Basics Education Program at Northwell Health Dolan Family Health Center,
284 Pulaski Rd., Greenlawn, NY 11740.
The course will run through November 17th from 5:30-8 pm
Advance Registration Required - Please contact:
Kellie Gehrke (631) 223-5028 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Hillenbrand (631) 370-1662 or Patricia.email@example.com
- NAMI Family-to-Family training to become a Teacher. NAMI-NYS. Contact your local affiliate.