August 12th, 2016
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This week's edition of the NAMI-NYS E-Newsletter features a link to the recently published NAMI-NYS Summer Newsletter which contains information about our 2016 Education Conference. NAMI-NYS will be making our official conference announcement next week. This edition also has information on the hiring of a new Chief Medical Officer at SAMHSA, an account of a manic episode which garnered headlines in New York City and how politicians and the media need to be aware of the impact of how they speak about mental illness during campaign season.

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 the upcoming Summer 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 Publishes our
Summer Newsletter

NAMI-NYS just published the summer edition of our print Newsletter. The Newsletter is in the process of being mailed out and members should be receiving it shortly. 

The Summer Newsletter contains the first look at our 2016 Education Conference New Horizons in Recovery: Breakthroughs in Research and Treatment, which will be taking place November 11-13 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center. We will be making our official conference announcement next week with more details about recently added speakers and further information on our Friday evening and Saturday afternoon featured sessions. 

The Newsletter also contains articles on our legislative advocacy, the 2016 NAMI-NYS Ribbon Campaign as well a summary of the spring NAMIWalks and our upcoming inaugural NAMIWalk NYS.

Click here   to read the NAMI-NYS Summer Newsletter

NAMI-NYS to Have an Information Kiosk
at Colonie Center Throughout August

NAMI-NYS is proud to announce that we have been selected to be the designated charity for August at the Colonie Center shopping mall in Albany. Throughout the month, NAMI-NYS will have an information kiosk by the mall's food court of materials on our work, the NAMI Signature Programs, the 2016 Education Conference and our upcoming NAMIWalks NYS. Colonie Center will be generously donating all the money people leave in the their fountain to NAMI-NYS. We are extremely grateful for this opportunity.
NAMI Praises the Hiring of New SAMHSA
Chief Medical Officer

On Wednesday, August 10th, the  U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the hiring of the appointment of Anita Everett, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer (CMO). NAMI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mary Giliberti praised the hiring, mentioning that Dr. Everett has long been a friend to NAMI and that she will "bring a wealth of leadership experience and clinical expertise to help SAMHSA meet challenges at every level."
Click here to read Mary's full statement along with the SAMHSA announcement.
New York State News
A Manic Episode Led Me to Strip Naked in 
Times Square

Krit McClean made headlines in late June by stripping naked in Times Square and jumping from the top of the TKTS booth. The 21-year-old fashion model and college student spoke publicly for the first time about his meltdown with The New York Post. Krit provides harrowing details of the events leading up to his psychotic break and how his family tried to get him help. Since being arrested for the incident, he was hospitalized, diagnosed with bipolar disorder and began going to weekly sessions with a doctor. He also mentions reaching out and receiving support from NAMI. Krit and his family's story is similar to that of many of our members and we welcome the McCleans as a part of our NAMI family.

Click here to read the Post article.

National News
Patrick Kennedy Urges Media and Others to Stop Calling Donald Trump Crazy
Former Congressman and mental health advocate Patrick Kennedy wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post which details how the media keeps asking "Is Donald Trump experiencing a mental illness? ...the answer is: I don't know. And neither do the commentators, tweeters and psychiatrists - both licensed and armchair - who've diagnosed him from afar as 'crazy,' a 'psychopath,' not 'sane,' having 'narcissistic personality disorder' and a 'screw loose."' Even though Rep. Kennedy differs with Mr. Trump on political ideology, he still urges the media to stop this type of coverage as it demeans those with mental illness. Furthermore he states that "perpetuation of stigmatizing, outdated stereotypes makes it harder for those experiencing mental illness to seek the treatment they need."

Click here to read the op-ed.

DISCLAIMER: NAMI-NYS DOES NOT endorse political candidates or campaigns. We do agree with Congressman Kennedy that all candidates and the media must refrain from using mental illness and negative verbiage about psychiatric disorders as a tool to insult and demean politicians, elected officials and those who they don't agree with. We have reported throughout this campaign season how candidates have discussed mental illness in both a positive and negative way and will continue to do so in an unbiased manner.
NIMH to Host Webinar Addressing 
Mental Health Disparities 

On Wednesday, August 31st from 2-3pm, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Mental Health will host a webinar exploring Mental Health Disparities Research at NIMH: Cross-cutting aspects of the NIMH Strategic Plan. The webinar will feature two presentations.

The first will be Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare Visits Before Suicide Attempts. This will feature Brian Ahmedani, Ph.D., L.M.S.W,.Director of Psychiatry Research, Behavioral Health Services, Research Scientist, Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research Henry Ford Health System.

The second will be Racial/Ethnic Differences in Biological Aging: Relations of Behavioral and Lifestyle Factors to Telomere Length This will feature Olivia Okereke, M.D., M.S. Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to reduce and eliminate mental health disparities in communities across the country. This webinar will present exemplary studies that represent strategic objectives of the NIMH Strategic Plan for Research. NIMH-funded researchers who have investigated mental health disparities will present their preliminary findings. This webinar will be moderated by Su Yeon Lee-Tauler, Ph.D., Scientific Program Lead in Mental Health Disparities Research of NIMH's Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health. This webinar is appropriate for NIMH-funded grantees, students, researchers, policy makers, clinicians, and anyone interested in learning more about mental health disparities research at the NIMH and the NIH.
Click here to register.


We are proud to announce that Keith O'Neil, former NFL player and leading Mental Health Advocate, will serve as the Grand Marshal of NAMIWalks NYS.

Keith was the special teams captain of the Super Bowl Champion 2007 Indianapolis Colts and also played for the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. During his NFL career he began to notice his symptoms of bipolar disorder; following his retirement his disease become worse. He has become a leading mental health advocate appearing on the cover of BP Magazine and speaking at many events including the 2015 Brain and Behavior Research Foundation symposium.

Keith and his family live in Buffalo, NY and NAMI helped his wife and family understand his disease by providing the type of education and support we deliver to thousands of people living with a mental illness and their families across New York State everyday.

NAMIWalks NYS will 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 this unique programs by supporting NAMIWalks NYS.

NAMIWalks New York State
Saturday September 24th, Jennings Landing Albany

Click here   to visit our  NAMIWalks New York State Page.
  • Start a team or join an existing team.
  • Become a virtual walker if you can't make it to the Capital Region on September 24th.
  • Donate to the NAMIWalks NYS-Your support is crucial to NAMI-NYS's ability to continue meeting the demand for NAMI programming from communities throughout New York State.

Click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities


Click here 
to watch a short video providing tips on how to be a successful team captain.

Save the Dates

September 13- Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist:  Living Well with ADHD: Scientific Guideposts to Improved Outcomes, presented by
Francisco Xavier Castellanos, M.D. Brooke and Daniel Neidich Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor, Department of
Neuroscience and Physiology, Professor, Department of Radiology, Dir Rsch Green Cohen Inst Prevent Sci, New York University Child Study Center. Register now:

September 22-
Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services presents The Power of Laughter. Thursday at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the CDPC Family Resource Center. As usual, 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

October 7 -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

October 15The 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
OCTOBER 18 - Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist: Schizophrenia, presented by Herbert Y. Meltzer, M.D.Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Physiology, Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Register now:

November 1-4-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.

Click here for more information.
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, M.D. Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine. Register now:
NOVEMBER 11-13-2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference-
New Horizons in Recovery: Breakthroughs in Research and Treatment. The Desmond Hotel, Albany. More details coming soon!

DECEMBER 13- Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist:  Neuroinflammatory Hypotheses of Depression, presented byYvette I. Sheline, M.D.
 Register now:

Signature Programs
August 27 - NAMI Ending the Silence training to become a Presenter.  St. Vincent's in Westchester.
August 28 - NAMI Parent & Teachers as Allies training to become a Presenter.  St. Vincent's in Westchester.

August 30 - Family-to-Family by NAMI AMICO.  Tuesdays from 6;30 to 9pm, for 12 continuous weeks.  At First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924.  Contact Catha Weiben (845) 551-1777.
September 1- NAMI Queens Nassau presents Family to Family classes September1st - November 17 th 2016. 7:00-9:30 pm at Walk in Love for Jesus Church. 906 Newbridge Road, Long Island NY 11710. To register email  or (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284

September 6- NAMI Rochester begins theirPeer-to-Peer class which will run through 11/15 (with no class on 10/25) from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the NAMI Rochester office, 320 Goodman St N # 102, Rochester. For more information or to register, please call Beth Winslow-D'Amico at 585-423-1593 or email at 

September 7- NAMI Rochester begins the first of their two fall Family-to-Family classes which will run through 11/30 (with no class on 11/23), 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at the NAMI Rochester office, 320 Goodman St N # 102, Rochester. For more information or to register, please call Beth Winslow-D'Amico at 585-423-1593 or email at
September 8- NAMI Rochester begins the second of their two fall Family-to-Family classes which will run through 12/1 with no class on 11/24), 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at the NAMI Rochester office, 320 Goodman St N # 102, Rochester. For more information or to register, please call Beth Winslow-D'Amico at 585-423-1593or email at

September 8-NAMI Queens Nassau presents Family-to-Family classes September 8-December 1st at Congregational At Shelter Rock, 18 Shelter Rock Road Manhasset, NY 11030 and the classes will take place from 6:30-9:00. 
To register email  or (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284

September 10-NAMI Queens/Nassau begins the next Family-to-Family course at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, 110-31 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11433. The courses will be held on Saturdays from 1:30-4pm. To register email or (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284. Click here for more information..

September 24- NAMI Rochester begins their NAMI Basics class which will run through 10/29 from 10am-12:30pm at the NAMI Rochester office, 320 Goodman St N # 102, Rochester. For more information or to register, please call Beth Winslow-D'Amico at 585-423-1593or email at

September 26-NAMI Queens Nassau presents Family to Family classes at North Shore Zucker Hillside Hospital Ambulatory Care Pavilion, room 1237. 263rd St. and 74 Ave. Glen Oaks, NY 11004. Classes will be from 7-9:30pm. To register email or (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284

September 19-NAMI Cayuga County presents Family to Family classes at Auburn Community College, 17 Lansing Street Auburn, NY 2nd Floor Assembly Room. Classes will be from 6-8:30pm. Please contact to register.

September TBD- NAMI Westchester will be starting a Family-to-Family class in Westchester, dates and location are to be determined. To enroll call Sharon McCarthy at 914-592-5458 or email her at

October 7-9- NAMI Family-to-Family training to become a Teacher.  NAMI-NYS.  Contact your local affiliate.
To have your events and Signature Programs listed in the E-Newsletter contact Alicia Burns at

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