September 11, 2017

In This Issue
Quote of the Week:

"If I can help just one
And he can help just one
And she can help just one
If we can help just one-Matt Butler

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We need to begin this week's E-News by acknowledging the sad anniversary of 9/11/01 and the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The wounds, both physical and psychological, still impact many New Yorkers and those in the NAMI-NYS family. We shall never forget those lost on September 11th and those whose mental health will never be the same after the tragedy. 

This week is also National Suicide Prevention Week and this edition contains resources from NAMI and NIMH. We also want to remind you, there will be a featured session on Zero Suicide at the 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference on Friday, November 10th.

This edition also contains the news about 2017 NAMI-NYS honoree, Matt Butler, articles about children's mental health (and information about the children's track at the conference), details about the first Federal SMI Committee and the latest NIMH Director's Message. 

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!

2017 NAMI-NYS Honoree Matt Butler Engages in 
Recovery Month Tour

One of the things we are most excited about for the 2017 NAMI-NYS  Education Conference  is the addition of the NAMI-NYS Honors Leaders in Mental Health Awareness dinner on Friday evening, November 10th. One of this year's honorees, acclaimed singer/songwriter Matt Butler, is currently in the middle of his Recovery Month Tour. The tour will find Matt bringing his music, story and message of recovery to prisons,  behavioral health and addiction facilities and film festivals throughout the country. Included are performances at Buffalo Psychiatric Center on 9/27 and Care Talks at the Sheen Center in New York City on 9/30.

You can click here to purchase Matt's album Reckless Son. Matt will be signing copies of the album at the conference.
Click here  to watch the video for Matt's song "Just One." 

Click here to learn more about the conference. Click here to register. Click here for a scholarship application. Click here to learn about the marketing opportunities at the conference. 

Learn About the Children's Mental Health Track
at the 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference

The featured speaker for the children's mental health track at the 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference will be Dr. Peter Gray, who will give the presentation    Play Deficit Disorder: A National Crisis and How to Solve it Locally. 

Dr. Gray  is a research professor of psychology at Boston College who has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. He is the author of an internationally acclaimed introductory psychology textbook (Psychology, Worth Publishers, now in its 7th edition). His research now focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves through play and exploration when they are free to do so. He has expanded on these ideas in his book, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (Basic Books). He also authors a regular blog called Freedom to Learn, for Psychology Today magazine, and is president of the nonprofit organization, the Alliance for Self-Directed Education.

The focus track will have a workshop on NAMI Signature Programs for families of young children with mental health challenges and schools. There will also be a workshop on how NAMI affiliates and schools can partner together. 

Former NAMI-NYS President Testifies on the Need for CIT in New York City

Last week, former NAMI-NYS President Paul Capofari represented the Richmond County (Staten Island) District Attorney's office in testifying before the New York City Council at a hearing on public safety to detail the need for crisis intervention training (CIT) for the New York Police Department.

Paul serves as the Chief Assistant District Attorney for Richmond County and in his testimony he details his experience with NAMI-NYS and why this issue is so important to NAMI families. "My involvement with NAMI, as for so many members, stems from mental health crisis that have affected my family. Your greatest fear is that your family member, while in crisis, will encounter the police, and that a situation will escalate and escalate until someone, either the police officer or your loved one, will be physically injured. The Memphis model of CIT works; we can prevent these tragedies. I urge the council to get it started in New York City."

Click here 
to read the full testimony.    

Introducing Jase and His Quirkz

NAMI-NYS member Jason Paden (who will be speaking at this year's NAMIWalks NYS and the 2017 Education Conference) has just released his newest endeavor: Jase and His Quirkz. This will be a series of animated videos featuring Jason and his quirkz, who are animated characters that represent different aspects of his psyche and elements of the schizo-effective disorder he has lived with since his late teens. The series is designed to raise awareness about the realities of serious mental illness in a comprehensive way for people of all ages. 

Click here to watch the first video where Jason introduces the Quirkz. 

Click here to listen to Jase and His Quirkz promo for NAMIWalks NYS

You can follow Jase and His Quirks on Facebook by clicking here
NAMI-NYS Walks Manager Appears on WEQX

Click here to listen to NAMI-NYS's Walks Manager Nicole Bulanchuk appearance on the Early EQX morning radio show. WEQX is a popular independently run alternative music station in the Capital Region. On the show, Nicole discusses the importance of raising awareness of mental illness and mental health and how NAMIWalks NYS is a great opportunity for people to show their support. 

NAMI-NYS Participates in NOpiates Overdose Awareness Day Event

NAMI -New York State Information and Helpline Coordinator Christine Rickeman and NAMI Rensselaer's Mary Beth Honsinger  attended the Nopiates Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st in West Sand Lake. Assemblyman John McDonald was in attendance to support and speak at the event.

The 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference will be addressing co-occurring disorders and feature a Narcan training.  

NAMI Mid-Hudson Participates in 
SUNY Dutchess FalconFest

As the college semester began, NAMI  Mid-Hudson participated in the SUNY Dutchess FalconFest. NAMI Mid-Hudson Executive Director Tina Lee said of the event, "The Students were extremely open to speaking about the importance of mental wellness on campus and acknowledged that the stigma of mental illness still exists. Including NAMI Mid-Hudson at this event was a testament that SUNY Dutchess acknowledges the importance of total wellness, both physical and mental, for their students. We were able to recruit more people for Ending the Silence, NAMI On Campus and fill our Peer-to-Peer class and help several students in need of the counseling services on campus."
The NAMI-NYS Education Conference will once again feature a Young Adult track, one of the sessions on the track will be on Peer support and will feature NAMI Mid-Hudson member (and previous NAMI-NYS Young Leader Award winner) Allie Hill. Click here to learn more about the track and find a young adult scholarship application. 

Don't Forget to Submit an NAMI-NYS Award Nomination

There is still time nominate your affiliate or member(s) for a NAMI-NYS Award. Awards will be presented at the 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference. Nominations are open in the following categories: 
  • The Muriel Shepherd Award
  • The Max Gabriel Award
  • Affiliate of the Year Award
  • Small Affiliate of the Year Award
  • Media Award
  • Signature Program Award
  • Multicultural Award
  • Young Leader Award
Click here to learn more about the individual awards and make a nomination. 

NAMI-NYS to Hold a Fundraiser With Blaze Pizza

On Thursday, September 14th, the Blaze Pizza at Stuyvesant Plaza will be holding a fundraiser to benefit NAMI-NYS. Click here for a flyer to present and 20% of your purchase will be donated to NAMI-NYS.
Google Partners With NAMI To Shed Light 
On Clinical Depression

NAMI believes that awareness of depression can help empower, educate and enable quicker access to treatment. That's why we partnered with Google to ensure that their new "Check if You're Clinically Depressed" feature is accurate and useful.
Now when you search for "clinical depression" on Google (on mobile), you'll see a Knowledge Panel that will give you the option to tap "Check if You're Clinically Depressed," which will bring you to PHQ-9, a clinically validated screening questionnaire to test what your likely level of depression may be.
Click here to read more. 
Preventing Suicide: Our First Line Of Defense 
NAMI recently featured an article by Marta Manning, Ph.D, which details her family's experience with a suicide attempt and offers information and resources for preventing suicide. 
Click here to read more. 
New York News
City Hospital System Is Expanding Children's Mental Health Programs

The New York Times reported on how New York City's public hospital system is expanding its mental health programs for children and adolescents.

 The programs are designed to address the challenges facing many of the hospital system's young patients, such as poverty, violence and substance abuse - circumstances that doctors said make children more likely to need mental health treatment but less likely to get it.

The programs follow the "integrated care" model. "Traditionally, everything was siloed," Dr. Charles Barron, NYC Health & Hospitals' deputy chief medical officer, said of the division between physical and mental health care. "Now we're recognizing there's a continuum in a child's life - at home, in school, certainly in health care centers - and so creating these partnerships is really important."

Click here to read more.

2017 In My Mind Conference
The 2017 In My Mind: A LGBTQ Peoples of Color Mental Health Conference will be taking place October 506th in New York City. 
Over the course of two days, with 30 presentations in five Sessions, 14 of which qualify for Continuing Education Credits, the conference brings mental health professionals, clinicians, advocates, consumers, students and activists together for a cross-pollination, sharing ideas, research, experiences, and to examine the many issues contributing to mental health destabilization affecting LGBTQ peoples of color, and to learn healing, in a 75-minute yoga and meditation session, guided by Nanda Mahadeo, a Hindu priestess.
Click here to learn more about the conference

The conference is sponsored by DBGM, Inc. DBGM's Founder, President and CEO, Antoine B Craigwell, will be leading a session on Mental Health in the LGBTQI Community at the 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference.
Mr. Craigwell is also the producer of the acclaimed documentary You Are Not Alone which chronicles the experiences and mental health challenges of gay African-American men. Click here to watch the film's trailer. 

Peer Led Forums Now Available for 
Medicaid Eligible Enrollees

In last week's edition, we detailed how peer led educational forums are now available throughout New York for eligible Medicaid enrollees. The forums are designed to help participants understand what services are available to them and how to set goals for health, work, school and social elements.  

The forums detail:
  • Health and Recovery Plans (HARPs)
  • Health Home care management 
  • Adult Behavioral Health (BH) Home and Community-Based Services (BH HCBS) 


There is now a saved webinar version of the forums that people can view. Click here to access the webinar. 

National News
Need for MH Services for Youth Found to Be Higher Than Previous Estimates

The American Psychaitric Association recently detailed a report stating that 10.06% of youth experienced serious emotional disturbance (SED) with substantial impairment in one of more functional domains and that 6.36% of youth experienced SED with substantial impairment in two or more domains.

"The large numbers of youth and families affected by SED, the significant long-term consequences of these conditions, and the considerable costs and complexity of treating these disorders underscore the need for comprehensive and effective prevention and treatment services," wrote Nathaniel J. Williams, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Boise State University, and colleagues.

Click here to read more.

Scientists Identify Part of the Brain Causing Schizophrenia Sufferers Hear 'Voices:' 
Trans-Cranial Stimulation May Help Address Auditory Hallucinations

Research psychologists have long attempted to find the region of the brain responsible for the auditory hallucinations experienced by individuals with schizophrenia. Recently, there has been an answer: these stem from the right temporal lobe, the same site which processes speech in non-schizophrenic  individuals.

Given this knowledge, researchers at the University of Caen in France conducted a clinical trial to reduce auditory hallucinations using a non-invasive technique called trans-cranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS uses precisely targeted magnetic fields to stimulate areas of the brain using a technology similar to that used in MRI scans. Over the course of the study, 35 percent of participants given TMS treatment showed a marked improvement in their symptoms. This result which paves the way for further research into TMS as an compliment to or a substitute for antipsychotic medications.

Click here to read more. 

Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee Holds First Meeting 

We have been providing you with information about the new federal Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee. The committee held their first meeting on August 31st and much of it focused on the challenges of the current system.

NAMI CEO Mary Gilliberti serves on the committee and at the meeting Mary discussed the importance of prevention. "If you intervene early, you can get better outcomes," she noted. "It's important to be there for young people. Consumers are hearing such comments as 'We can't help you,' rather than 'How can I help?'"

Click here to read a full summary of the meeting from Mental Health Weekly. 


Director's Message: Summer Reading

In the second of two director's messages, detailing his first summer as NIMH Director, Dr. Gordon offers highlights of his summer reading in science and literature.

Click here to read more.

NIMH Update

Click here to read the latest Update from NIMH.

Suicide Prevention Resources from NIMH

To support suicide prevention awareness activities this month, NIMH is promoting its suicide prevention resources through a series of messages on social media. We encourage our readers to help promote the availability of these resources including NIMH suicide prevention brochures.

To Support Suicide Prevention Month
  • Facebook/Google+ post linking to NIMH suicide prevention webpage:
    • Over 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives. Learn more for Suicide Prevention Month:
To Support National Suicide Prevention Week (September 10-16, 2017)
    • Suicide does not discriminate. People of all genders, ages, & ethnicities can be at risk. #NSPW
    • Suicide is complicated & tragic, but it's often preventable. Know the warning signs: #NSPW
    • Suicidal thoughts or actions are a sign of extreme distress and should not be ignored #NSPW

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. 

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Click here to read the latest edition on the NAMIWalks NYS Weekly News. This week's issue features new contests and highlights the 2017 recognition program

NAMI-NYS looks forward to building on the success of our inaugural NAMIWalks NYS. The 2017 NAMIWalks NYS will be taking place on Saturday, September 23rd, at Jennings Landing in Albany. You can click here to start your team and/or donate to the walk.  For more information you can email  

Save the Dates

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.

SEPTEMBER 13 - Annual NAMI Mid-Hudson Gala 2017. Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM at The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd. Poughkeepsie, NY. Gala 2017 Keynote Speaker Kevin Hines, who in 2012 was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work suicide prevention advocate and speaker by the National Council of Behavioral Health, Click here to learn more about Gala . If you have any questions, please contact Tina Yun Lee at

SEMPTEMBER 14- NAMI Westchester, SECOND ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL FILM SERIES:THE IMPACT OF SUICIDE ON THE SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS. Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at The Picture House, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803. 

SEPTEMBER 20-The Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center 2017 Mental Health Summit will be taking place in the main auditorium (Building 5) at the Northport VAMC, 79 Middleville Rd, Northport, NY, 11768
The purpose of the Mental Health Summit is to enhance the mental health and well-being of Veterans and their family members through increased collaboration between the VA and the community.  Thr goal is to engage in active dialogue on how we as a community can address the mental healthcare needs of Veterans and their families.  After the Summit the VA we would like to invite you to tour their grounds and join them in participating in the Annual Harvest Festival with food and fun at building 92 with the Veterans and their families. Please make sure to tour the Wall of Wars Courtyard to honor all Veterans who have served out nation in time of War.
Please RSVP to Barry Goggin at  or Northport VAMC/Psychiatry Service, 79 Middleville Rd 116A, Northport, NY 11768 with the name of your representative.
 If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us by phone (631-261-4400 ext. 2785) or email. 

September 24th -NAMI Syracuse will be hosting their Harvest Hoopla benefit. Click here to register. 

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 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 /(716) 689-1159, or Josephine Cross, Chairman of the Health Promotion Committee of AKA Gamma Phi Omega Chapter / (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

Signature Programs

SEPTEMBER 5 - NAMI Orange Family-to-Family. Tuesdays, September 5Th, 6:30 pm -9:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. Teachers: Dhanu Sannesy and Marcy Felter.  Contact: Dhanu Sannesy, (845) 956-6264; (866) 906-6264 or

SEPTEMBER 6-NAMI Rochester Family-to-Family. Wednesdays, September 6th -November 29th, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm. NAMI Rochester Office, 320 N. Goodman Street, Suite 103, Rochester, NY 14607. Contact Beth Winslow-D'Amico at (585) 423-1593 or

SEPTEMBER 7-NAMI Huntington will begin their next Family-to-Family course at the Friends and Family Center of Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, located in Bldg.45, 998 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY 11717. The course will be held on 12 consecutive Thursdays and each class is two-hours. Refreshment will be served. For more information and to register, contact:   
Jayette Lansbury (631)988-7619 or   Cathleen Lewald (631)761-2601

SEPTEMBER 12 - Stratton VA Medical Center &  NAMI Rensselaer Homefront.  Education and Support for Military & Veteran Families. Tuesdays, September 12 - October 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m. at the VA Network Office on corner of New Scotland Ave and Veterans Way, Albany NY. Please call to register : Elizabeth Donovan (518) 626-5347.  Click here for Flyer

SEPTEMBER 12-NAMI Saratoga/NAMI Schenectady NAMI Family-to-Family. Tuesdays,  September 12th  through November  28th  from 6:15p.m. - 8:45 p.m. at Four winds, 30 Crescent Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, Contact: Dotte Coon 518-429-5047 or Cindy Seacord 518-344-9177

SEPTEMBER 12-NAMI Rockland Basics (Spanish Speaking)Tuesday's September 12th - October 17th from  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Location: St. Dominic's Community Waiver Program, 500 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY. Contact: (845) 359-8784 / to register . Teachers: Marilyn Matos and Barbara Martinez-Silva

SEPTEMBER 12-NAMI-NYC Metro Basics. Tuesdays, September 12 - October 17, 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm at    505 8th Avenue, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10018.   To register contact Deniece Chi at (212) 684-3365 x 203 /

SEPTEMBER 13- NAMI-NYC Metro Basics (SPANISH SPEAKING). Wednesdays, September 13th-October 18th, 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 / 

SEPTEMBER 14-NAMI-NYC Metro Basics. Thursdays, September 14th- October 19th 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 /

SEPTEMBER 14-NAMI Rockland Basics. Thursdays September 14 - October 26, 2017 (No class Thursday, September 21st) from  6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Location: St. Dominic's Community Waiver Program, 500 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY 10913. Contact:  (845) 359-8784 or to register. Teachers: Rita Strumph and Kate Johnson.

SEPTEMBER 17 - NAMI Orange Basics. Sundays, September 17th, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. Teachers: Dhanu Sannesy and Marcy Felter. Contact: Dhanu Sannesy, (845) 956-6264; (866) 906-6264 or

SEPTEMBER 18- NAMI Queens/Nassau Family to Family Mondays  Sept. 18 THROUGH Dec 18, 6:30a.m.- 9 p.m. at the UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION AT SHELTER ROCK  48 Shelter Rock Rd. Manhasset, NY 11030. To register: email  or call (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284 or Leader Ellen Ritz (516) 330-9778 or

SEPTEMBER 20-NAMI Mid-Hudson Family-to-Family. Wednesdays, September 20th- December 13th, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at The MidHudson Regional Hospital, 241 North Road, Poughkeepsie NY. Contact: Tina Lee or (845) 206-9892.

SEPTEMBER 25-NAMI Queens/Nassau will be holding a Family-to-Family class on Monday nights September 25, thru December 12, 2017. The class will be held at North Shore Zucker Hillside Hospital
Ambulatory Care Pavilion,  263rd Street & 74 Ave., Glen Oaks, NY 11004 in Room 1237 from 7:00-9:30 PM

To register: Please contact NAMI Queens Nassau at (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284 or email Co-Leaders: Janet Reilly (516) 238-1023 and Angela Babaev (718)490-9504
Registration and interview required. Classes limited to 25 participants 

Sponsored and funded by NAMI New York State and NAMI Queens Nassau

SEPTEMBER 27- NAMI Mid-Hudson Peer-to-Peer. Wednesdays, September 27th- December 6th, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm at the SUNY Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie NY. Contact: Tina Lee,  or (845) 206-9892.

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,  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 /

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 / 

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 / 

Please contact your local affiliate program leaders for more information and how to enroll.
NAMI Homefront Teacher Training
September 16th-17th 2017
Trainers: Pam Solomon & Jerry Burton
Location: NAMI-NYS Office Albany
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   

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