We are bringing you this week's edition of the NAMI-NYS E-Newsletter a day early as we know that many of you will be away on Friday to get an early start on your holiday weekend. We hope all of you have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.
On Wednesday, we sent out an Action Alert about NAMI's National Call-In Day to tell the Senate to pass S.2680. You can click here to view that alert if you missed it yesterday. This week's NAMI News section is focused on mental health reform detailing both the action needed by the Senate as well as information about Hillary Clinton's recently announced mental health reform agenda.
NAMIWalks Just Three Weeks Away
Please Support the Walk!!!
We also want to remind everyone that our inaugural NAMIWalks NYS is just three weeks away. Be sure to sign up or donate today and help support NAMI-NYS in our mission to deliver support and education.
There will not be an edition of the E-News next week, the next edition will come out on September 16th.
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.
NAMI-NYS Holds Ending the Silence Training
On the weekend of August 26th, NAMI-NYS held a training for the Ending the Silence program which makes in-school presentations for students. The training was led in Westchester and by Sharon McCarthy and Tina Lee. Among those trained was NAMI-NYS Board Member Dhanu Sannessy and her son Anil. Thank you to all our Ending the Silence presenters for doing this vital work of bringing mental health awareness to students.
NAMI Schenectady Holds Their Annual Picnic
On Friday, August 26th, NAMI Schenectady held their annual picnic at the Niskayuna Recreation Complex. People living in residential programs with psychiatric supports and those in other mental health programs were brought to the picnic to enjoy the afternoon with family members and those in the local affiliate. The event featured a barbecue, games and singing and dancing.
NAMI-NYS's Matthew Shapiro was on hand to talk to participants about NAMIWalks NYS and the 2016 Education Conference. He was also drafted to help lead the sing along of "New York-New York," Luckily, this did not cause a mass exodus,
A great time was had by all.
NAMI-NYS Welcomes Our Newest Volunteer
This week NAMI-NYS welcomed our newest volunteer, Ojene Sutton. Ojene is a student at University at Albany with a dual-major in Psychology and Women's Studies. One of her roles will be working on the E-News and she did a lot of the work for this week's edition. We're sure you will agree that she is already doing a great job. We're excited to have her on board as part of the NAMI-NYS family.
A Presidential Candidate Steps Out with a
Mental Health Agenda
In their weekly blog, NAMI examines Hillary Clinton's mental health agenda released earlier this week. The blog compares it with NAMI's policy platform addressing the need to reform the delivery of
services and is looking to improve other key issues such as police interactions and unemployment.
NAMI and NAMI-NYS do not endorse political candidates.
The Countdown is On:
Time to Tell the Senate to Pass Mental Health Reform
NAMI discusses the push to pass S.2680 and enact mental health reform The article details the importance of reform and what it can do for this country in terms of mental health policies. It explains why the advocacy for the bill is something that everyone should be getting involved in.
House Panel Investigating Troubled V.A. Hospital on Long Island
Last week, we shared with you the New York Times article detailing the tragic case of a veteran who took his life in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center located in Long Island. This week the Times reports how other ongoing health violations led to the complete shutdown of the facility. A House panel will be investigating the facility
to read more.
Health Insurance in New York has an Essential Problem
A decline in the enrollment of private health insurance in New York has reached an all-time low as of 2016 as shown by City and Slate New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo's Essential Plan (a government sponsored health provider), seems to be one of the main factors in the decline. For lower income families, the Essential Plan serves as an inexpensive form of health insurance, compared to insurances that the Affordable Care Act was implemented to offer. While this is a positive development for those struggling economically, it could have a negative impact by leading to the decrease in enrollment in private plans, which can in turn lead to rate increases.
to read more.
New York Magazine Details How Mental Illness Is More Than Just Depression and Anxiety
This article by New York Magazine focuses on the stigma of mental illness, and how most of society tends not to discuss psychosis and it's place in the community of mental illness. Steps are being taken to eliminate the perception that depression and anxiety are the only forms of mental illness, The article details how organizations such as NAMI and the American Psychological Association (APA) are reaching out to educate the public on this issue.
Fund for Public Health Calling for Submission for Mental Health Art Project For those with a passion and a drive for art, the Fund for Public Health Calling is seeking talented individuals to help create and launch its new mural arts project. The mural is intended to reduce stigma and to raise mental health awareness in the community. An application and more information on this initiative can be found in the link.
Justice Department Focuses on Police Treatment of Mentally Ill
Police brutality has been linked with racial discrimination; however those suffering from a mental illness have been victims of excessive force from police. This article from ABC News provides information on an incident in Baltimore as an example of the use of excessive force. The article also details efforts throughout the country of law enforcement departments' efforts to improve their forces in responding to mental health crises.
Among the positive examples is the case we shared with you this past December of how a police officer in Queens who was trained in Crisis Intervention Training successfully prevented a suicide attempt at a shopping mall. The officer, Christian Campoverde, recently wrote about his experience and the need for more officer training in the Daily News.
Depression Is Rampant Among Doctors In Training
This article by WBUR News Station discusses how the mental health of those who are completing their medical residencies is threatened by the constant state of stress, the long hours, and the overall feeling of being alone. The author of this article, Dr. Elisabeth Poorman, provides several interviews from other health professionals who have gone through the same battle. Dr. Poorman's story and the other stories are prime examples of the stigma on mental illness.
New webpage: Technology and the Future of Mental Health Treatment
This article from the National Institute of Mental Health discusses a possible new means of treatment for mental illness. The advancement of technology has led to great things, yet some would find the advancements negative. NIMH provides their own list of positives and negatives of this new access to treatment.
Designer Agent Blocks Pain in Mice Without Morphine's Side Effects
NIMH is funding research in search of a pain reliever that did not cause side effects. The research was done on mice and the outcomes are showing positive results. The lack of side effects gives hope for those who rely on heavy pain relievers and suffer from a multitude of side effects.
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.
- 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.
NAMI-NYS Board Members Explain
Why I Walk
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 of Central Suffolk invites you to their monthly Speaker Series at Mather Hospital Port Jefferson; Conference Rooms 1/2 at 7:30 p.m. This meeting will be on
Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning
a Port Jefferson attorney who focuses estate planning, trust and estate administration, and civil and commercial litigation. Hope you can join us!
-NAMI Buffalo welcomes NYS Senator Robert Ortt, Chair of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee to present an update on mental health legislation. St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St (near Eggert Rd) in Amherst. The meeting will be in the 2
floor auditorium (main entrance at back of church) and will begin at 7pm with a coffee social and Senator Ortt is scheduled to speak at 7:30pm.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist: Living Well with ADHD: Scientific Guideposts to Improved Outcomes, presented by
Francisco Xavier Castellanos, MD, 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:
NAMI Westchester presentation on HOLISTIC RECOVERY 7:30 to 9:00 pm at St.
Vincent's Hospital Conference Center, Harrison NY. For more information and to register go to www.namiwestchester.org
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
-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 15- 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 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
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:
2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference-
New Horizons in Recovery: Breakthroughs in Research and Treatment. The Desmond Hotel, Albany. More details coming soon!
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist: Neuroinflammatory Hypotheses of Depression, presented byYvette I. Sheline, MD.
NAMI Rensselaer County is adding a second location for their Family Support Group.
Here's the new info:
1st Wednesday of every month
SUNY School of Public Health
1 University Place
3rd Wednesday of every month:
First United Methodist Church
1 Gilligan Road
East Greenbush, NY
Anyone who needs information can call 518-588-6949
NAMI Rochester begins their Peer-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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284. Click here for more information..
September 15-NAMI Huntington will offer the Family-to-Family course at the Bridgehampton National Bank Community Center, 2200 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY from 6:30-9:00 PM C
all: Ellen (631) 728-3082 or Carole (516) 524-0515 to register.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284
September 19-NAMI Cayuga County presents Family to Family classes at Auburn Hospital, 17 Lansing Street Auburn, NY 2nd Floor Assembly Room. Classes will be from 6-8:30pm. Please contact email@example.com to register.
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 1-NAMI Rockland will offer the NAMI Family to Family at Rockland Psychiatric Center
140 Old Orangeburg Road, Bldg #57, 1st Floor classroom Orangeburg, NY 10962 from 9:30 am - 12:00 noon Teachers: Chris Vanasse & Marie Wood-Smith. For more information and to register please call
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
October 7-9- NAMI Family-to-Family training to become a Teacher. NAMI-NYS. Contact your local affiliate.