November 4th, 2016
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This week's edition of the NAMI-NYS E-Newsletter comes as we approach the 2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference. We are thrilled to use this edition of the E-News to announce our 2016 Award Winners as well as detail the CEU's available at this year's conference. 

There is still time register and we look forward to seeing many of you next weekend for what is sure to be an informational and inspirational conference. 

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. 

Hope Starts With You!
NAMI-NYS Presents at the 2016
STARR Coalition Dinner of the CNS Summit
NAMI-NYS Executive Director Wendy Burch and Public Engagement Coordinator Matthew Shapiro with (clockwise from top left) Dr. Fred Freese and STARR Coalition Chair, Carol Witham, NAMI 2nd Vice-President Adrienne Kennedy and STARR Coalition Executive Director Luke Krammer

On Wednesday, October 26th, NAMI-NYS executive director, Wendy Burch and public engagement coordinator, Matthew Shapiro presented at the Stakeholders Together Advocating for Research and Recovery (STARR) Coalition dinner at the CNS Summit- Collaborating for Novel Solutions Shaping the Future in Boca Raton, Florida. The summit brought together researchers and advocates to advance ways to promote the importance of psychiatric research and clinical trial participation. NAMI-NYS presented on our collaboration with researchers and our communication efforts.

You can click here to view our powerpoint presentation from the summit. 

2016 NAMI-NYS Award Winners
Award to be Presented at 2016 Education Conference
CEU Information  Now Available

NAMI-NYS is delighted to announce our 2016 Award Winners:
  • Affiliate of the Year Award-NAMI Mid-Hudson
  • Muriel Shepherd Award-Rena Finkelstein
  • Small Affiliate of the Year-NAMI Cayuga
  • Program Award-Mary Beth Honsinger
  • Young Adult Award-Torie Keeton
  • Media Award-Randi Silverman
  • Max Gabriel Memorial Award-Zach Iscol
  • Veteran's Mental Health Award-Ann Beeder, MD
  • Veteran's Mental Health Award-Gerard Ilaria, LCSW
  • Criminal Justice Award-Gary Horton
Click here to learn more about this year's award winners.

The awards will be presented at the  2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference - New Horizons in Recovery: Breakthroughs in Research and Treatment.  The deadline to register is this Monday.  Register today today! You can also click here to obtain a printable registration form, that can be emailed to or faxed to 518-462-3811 .

New this year is the availability to receive CEU's at the conference. You can click here read about the CEU's and pre-register to receive CEU certificates onsite.
You can click here to view the agenda for the conference.

Watch the Latest Episode of Mental Health Now  

Click here to watch the latest episode of Mental Health Now featuring Dr. Lloyd Sederer, who discusses his new book Improving Mental Health: Four Secrets in Plain Site. You can click here to order the book on Amazon. During the show it is discussed how many of the subjects detailed in the book will discussed at the 2016 Education Conference.

NAMI-NYC Metro's Wendy Brennan Writes 
Article for Psychiatric News

 This week, Psychiatric News published an article by Wendy Brennan, executive director of NAMI-NYC Metro. The article,  Family Involvement in Treatment and Discharge Planning, details the need for family education and engagement in the recovery process. It features quotes from NYC First Lady Chirlane and NAMI executive director, Mary Giliberti. 

Click here to read the article.

NAMI Buffalo Quoted in Article on Instagram Campaign

Time Warner News recently featured an article about Instagram's new initiative #PerfectlyMe which aims to, among many things, build a culture of positivity. New tools and resources are in place so people can anonymously report a post as self-harm. Teams review reports and users receive a message that offers resources such as talking to a friend or calling a helpline.

NAMI Buffalo President Ann Venuto is quoted in the article stating "You're getting them right at that peak moment when they're in the most distress,  I think that is a huge advantage for getting them to recognize the fact they may have an issue."

Click here to read more. 

NAMI Columbia County, NY Selected for 
Hanaford Bag Program

NAMI Columbia County, NY as been selected as the December recipient of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program!

During the month of December, for each Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag with the good karma message sold at the Hannaford store located at
2967 Route 9 STE 400, Valatie NY, NAMI Columbia County, NY will receive $1!

NAMI Queens/Nassau Participates in Hofstra University Domestic Violence Health Fair

On October 21st, NAMI Queens/Nassau had a table at the Hofstra University Domestic Violence Health Fair.  Pictured Jeannette Wells , Family to Family Coordinator , Shante Brown , F2F graduate . Carol Ann Viccora , F2F facilitator. 


Why We Need a Mars Shot
NAMI CEO Mary Giliberti recently published a blog on the need for the advancement of knowledge on mental illness.  She applies President Obama's "Cancer Moonshot" to mental illness, saying that we need a "Mars Shot." Just as we faced challenges reaching the moon, we have yet to land on Mars, and just as we have not reached that milestone in space exploration, we face similar challenges in creating progress in brain research, especially in terms of mental illness. The blog discusses the unique challenges in researching mental illness and effective treatments.

Click here to read more.

New York State News
The Daily News States: She Didn't Have to Die:
A Fatal Encounter Between the NYPD and the Mentally Ill
Deborah Danner's 2012 essay describing her life with schizophrenia  and her fear of the ultimate negative outcome proved eerily prophetic as her life prematurely ended when law enforcement officials, unprepared to deal with Deborah when under the throes of her illness, fatally shot her when threatened with a bat. The essay addresses 'the all too frequent news stories about the mentally ill who come across law enforcement instead of mental health professionals and end up dead." Deborah's story highlights the need for better mental health crisis services and improved training for law enforcement in crisis intervention.

Click here to read more.

The Buffalo News Details How Jail Held Back Information About Inmate's Death

Mathew Spina at the Buffalo News details the tragic story of Richard Metcalf, Jr, who, when he began to display signs of psychosis, was restrained to the point of death.  Following the 2012 incident, the jail held back details, which are only now coming to light. NAMI-NYS is protesting this inhumane treatment, as is the local NAMI Buffalo and Erie County affiliate.

Click here to read more.
National News
Research Illuminates the Costs of Criminalizing Mental Illness

John Petrilla, a former attorney for new York's Office of mental health and department chair at the Florida mental health institute, worked on a research project which quantified the theory that more spending was dedicated to incarcerating people with mental illness than that used to treat them. The study was published in the May 2013 edition of the Journal of Scientific Services, entitled "Effects of Outpatient Treatment on Risk Arrest of Adults with serious mental Illness and Associated Costs." The bottom line of the study if that is costs more to maintain those with mental illness in the criminal justice system than it does to treatt them.

Click here to read more.

New England Journal of Medicine Details Closing the Mortality Gap for Those with Mental Illness

The New England medical Journal discusses the increased mortality rate of those living with mental illness and the contributing factors.  The article further explores effective ways to treat this population. 

Click here to read more.

Walmart Removes Offensive Suicide Product

Walmart recently removed from its shelves a costume called the "Razer Blade Suicide Scar Wound Latex Costume Make Up."  Although a small victory against stigma, the maker of the product, Rubies Costume Company, boasts to be one of the world's largest costume designers.  That fact suggests that this costume is being sold in a variety of markets this Halloween, and it is disturbing to consider that people are so desensitized to suicide that it is being marketed as a fun holiday costume.

Click here to read more.

Newsweek States Why Bruce Springsteen's Depression Revelation is So Important

Newsweek discusses Bruce Springsteen's recent revelation that he suffers from depression. When celebrities like the Boss highlight mental illness and their own struggles, it helps to destigmatize it, especially when their own images challenge the public's perception of mental illness.

Click here to read more.
NAMI NYS is honored to welcome Robert Heinssen, PhD, ABPP, Director, Division of Services and Intervention Research, National Institute of Mental Health to present an NIMH research update at the 2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference.   Click here to learn more about Dr. Heinssen. Click here to register today to receive the early-bird rates. 
NIMH Update

Click here to read the latest Update from NIMH. 

New NIMH Director Interviewed in Science Magazine

New NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon was recently interviewed in Science Magazine detailing his priorities for the Institute moving forward. Click here to read more. 

Join A Study of Schizophrenia and the Brain: 

A Six-month Inpatient Evaluation Study 

Have you been diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizo-affective 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 find out if you qualify,  email NIMH   or call 1-301-435-8970 (1-888-674-6464) [TTY: 1-866-411-1010].
Protocol Number:  89-M-0160   

Again,  NAMI-NYS wants to thank all who made our first NAMIWalks NYS a success!!!

You Can Still Donate to NAMIWalks NYS 
& Help Us Provide  Education and Support

Click here to make a donation to NAMIWalks NYS and help us meet the growing requests we receive for our Signature Programs such as Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, In Our Own Voice and Ending the Silence, all of which we offer at no cost to the public. Please help us meet the demands for these unique programs by supporting NAMIWalks NYS. 

Click her e  to watch the latest episode of Mental Health Now, featuring our NAMIWalks NYS Grand Marshall, Keith O'Neil.
Click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities

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Save the Dates
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. 
NOVEMBER 8 - 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:
November 10- 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. 
NOVEMBER 11-13-2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference-
New Horizons in Recovery: Breakthroughs in Research and Treatment. The Desmond Hotel, Albany. Click here for more information
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 SuicideClick here for more information.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist:  Neuroinflammatory Hypotheses of Depression, presented byYvette I. Sheline, MD.
 Register now: 
Signature Programs
Nov. 7 through Dec. 12, NAMI Huntington will be offering t NAMI Basics at Sagamore Children's Center  197 Half Hollow Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Advanced Registration is Required
Please contact:
Kellie Gehrke
(631) 223-5028 
Pat Hillenbrand
To have your events and Signature Programs listed in the E-Newsletter contact Christine Rickeman at 

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