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We want to start this week's E-News by wishing all those observing the Jewish New Year a happy, healthy and reflective holiday.

This week's E-News contains details of an exciting new element to our education conference. You'll also find a call to make your voice heard on two key issues, mental health housing and paid family leave. Throughout this edition you will also find articles on issues that will be addressed at the education conference

Remember, we want to hear from you and the work your affiliate is doing. Please email stories to and send save the date notices to
Announcing New Addition at NAMI-NYS 
2018 Education Conference 
Featured Author Sessions

The 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference, taking place October 26-28th at the Albany Marriott, will have an exciting new addition, featured author sessions.

These sessions, taking place throughout the weekend, will allow attendees to learn from and interact with authors exploring various aspects of mental health from the family, consumer, journalistic and clinical perspective. The authors will detail their books as well as read passages. All books will also be on sale and each session will conclude with a book signing.

Click here to learn about the sessions, the authors and their books.   

Click here to visit the conference website and register today! 

Nominate Someone for a 2018 NAMI-NYS Award

Nominations are now open for awards to be presented at the 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference. We are now accepting nominations for the following awards:

  • The Muriel Shepherd Award-named in honor of our founding president, the Muriel Shepherd award is given to an individual who has demonstrated the ability to project NAMI-NYS's advocacy voice along with raising awareness of mental health issues in the community.
  • The Max Gabriel Award-given to an individual who has made significant contributions towards addressing mental illness in veterans and service members and promoting their treatment and recovery.
  • Affiliate of the Year Award-given to an affiliate that has demonstrated an exceptional ability to offer signature programs, raise awareness of mental health issues, and offer diverse programs
  • Small Affiliate of the Year Award-given to an affiliate with less than 75 members that has demonstrated an exceptional ability to offer signature programs, raise awareness of mental health issues and offer diverse programs, as well as set the example of how to grow an affiliate's membership.
  • Signature Program Award-given to an individual who has done exemplary work in delivering NAMI Signature Program.
  • Multicultural Award-given to an individual or program promoting and providing cross cultural services to mentally ill people and their families.
  • Young Leader Award-given to an individual (ages 18-25) who has done an exceptional job in raising awareness of mental health issues among their peers and in their community.
Click here to obtain an award nomination form. 

Action Alert: Make Your Voice Heard on Two Key Issues
Mental Health Housing and Paid Family Leave

We want to remind our readers that we have an opportunity to make our voices heard on two key issues. 

Paid Family Leave: This is an issue of great importance to caretakers of those with chronic health issues (such as mental illness). For years, we have heard stories of all families have had to sacrifice losing jobs and income in order to be there when a loved one experienced a time of crisis. Paid Family Leave protects workers and allows them to focus on caring for their loved one when they were needed most. 

A few weeks ago, we informed you of a new study being conducted at Columbia University that is recruiting people to detail how Paid Family Leave impacts them. Click here to read our action alert on the study. Click here to learn more about the study and click here to take the eligibility quiz. 

Mental Health Housing: Mental Health Housing has long been NAMI-NYS's leading advocacy issue. Our colleagues at the Bring it Home campaign are currently looking for people to share their stories on how mental health housing has helped either their recovery or the recovery of a loved one. To learn more about this opportunity, please email Doug Cooper.

If your story can help advance these two important causes, than we encourage you to participate. Hope starts with you!!!

Local Business Owner in Rochester
Giving Back to Mental Health and NAMI Rochester
Brian Mueller, the new owner of Cam's Pizzeria in Rochester, who has lived with various mental health issues since he was a child, has dedicated himself and his business to supporting mental health causes including NAMI Rochester, as NAMI has helped him in his recovery. He is trying to raise $10,000. "It's important to me to support projects that are funded by donations that are important for the community and the mental health community," says Mueller.

NAMI Rochester's Kristina Mossgraber said of Mueller's efforts, "I find it very moving, having to have been in that situation myself, I find a comradery that we can and that we have a voice and we can get better and we can give back."

Click here to watch the Spectrum News story on Mr. Mueller.

NAMI-NYS Participates in the Wailin Jenny's 
Concert in Albany

Picture above from exhibiting at 2015 Wailin' Jenny Concert.

On Sunday, August 24th, the Wailin' Jennys played a concert at Albany's Egg Center for Performing Arts. NAMI-NYS was once again honored to be asked to participate in the evening. This was the second time NAMI-NYS had partnered with the band.

 NAMI-NYS's Christine Rickeman staffed an information table on NAMI-NYS and sold raffle tickets for attendees to win Walin' Jennys merchandise. During the second set, singer Nicky Mehta explained the importance of mental health and explained that NAMI was participating in the evening's show and encouraged the audience to visit the table to learn more. She then pulled the winning raffle ticket. NAMI-NYS raised almost a $1,000 while talking to hundreds of people about NAMI-NYS and our work. 

We are deeply grateful to Nicky and her bandmates for this incredible opportunity. 
Communicating Is More Than Finding The Right Words

In a recent NAMI blog, Helpline volunteer Keiko Purnell explores the struggle of attempting to communicate with a mental illness. She provides some tips for engaging in a successful support system, such as listening, beginning with small gestures, and refraining from judgements or assumptions.

Purnell stresses the importance of moving past the automatic response to "How are you?", and into deeper communication that can alleviate some stress from those who suffer with mental health conditions. Purnell also smartly urges readers to remember how "Mistakes are just learning opportunities!"

Click here to read more. 

Upcoming NAMI Ask The Expert Webinar: 
"Cultural Competence In Psychiatry"

Registration is now open for the upcoming, NAMI Ask the Expert Webinar taking place on September 13th and featuring Dr. Maxie Gordon, a board certified psychiatrist centered in Mississippi. The webinar will discuss how psychiatry is viewed and accepted across various cultures and communities, as well as provide tips for more effective treatment for those suffering from mental illness and their families. Following the discussion, there will be an interactive panel lead by experts Elise Padilla and NAMI Medical Director Dr. Ken Duckworth.

Click here to learn more and register.

The 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference will feature a focus session on Engaging Traditionally Underserved Communities, which will examine how to introduce mental health literacy in various communities including multicultural, LGBTQI and the deaf community as well as in rural areas. The session will be taking place Saturday, October 27th from 4:30-6:30. 

New York News
My Father Staged His Suicide to Look Like a Murder

In a recent New York Times article, writer Rachel Paula Abrahamson details the heart-wrenching story of her father's suicide, which he disguised as a homicide, so as not to embarrass his family. Abrahamson details how mental health issues can be present anywhere, even when they are unrecognizable or well hidden.

Abrahamson also explains how we must stay aware of warning signs of mental illness in those around us, while avoiding blaming ourselves for what we cannot change. Abrahamson describes her eventual realization of her father's illness by stating: "He was withdrawn and distant...I thought it was us, I thought we were not enough for him. And now I think he must have been depressed. This is how depressed people behave."

Click here to read more. 

Once again, the NAMI-NYS Education Conference will feature ZERO SUICIDE sessions. There will be two concurrent sessions on Saturday, October 27th followed by a suicide healing session. 

The New York State Office of Mental Health Invites You to Participate in  Cultural Competency Plannin
g Meeting

The Office of Mental Health (OMH) is dedicated to meeting the cultural and linguistic needs of diverse populations throughout New York State. They are working to implement a new cultural competence framework that will drive the work they do, but OMH need's your input!

OMH is launching a strategic planning meeting to include feedback from RMAC (Regional Multicultural Advisory Committee), SMAC (State Multicultural Advisory Committee), Steering committee members, and individuals in the community. OMH and its Bureau of Cultural Competence will host this event on Monday, September 17, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the 8th Floor Conference Room at the Office of Mental Health's Central Office, located at 44 Holland Ave in Albany, NY.

They will be streaming the meeting via video conference.

If you'd like to play a role, please complete the attached registration by Thursday September 13th, 2018 and send to Frances Priester Moss at

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail or call at 518-473-6579. The Bureau of Cultural Competence looks forward to your participation and feedback at this event!

National News
How You Can Treat Someone Who Doesn't Think They're Mentally Ill

Treating any illness can be difficult, but what do you do when a patient is unaware he/she is ill? Vice writer Carrie Arnold explores this concept in a recent article. The Term, anosognosia, coined by neurologist Joseph Babinski, meaning "without knowledge," refers to a condition in which a person is entirely unaware that he/she has a disorder. "Unlike being in denial, when an individual knows there's something wrong but insists they're fine, these patients are not fibbing or confused."

 This condition makes it very difficult for patients to be treated, as they are unaware of any issues and therefore are not actively seeking help. The article also details how Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs can be utilized for people with anosognosia.

Click here to read the full article

NAMI-NYS is thrilled to welcome leading expert on anosognosia, Dr. Xavier Amador, author of the landmark book, I'm Not Sick, I Don't Need Help to present at the 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference


NIMH Update

Click here to read the latest Update from NIMH.

Recruitment Now Open for New TMS Study

Click here to read about a new study on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). NIMH's Dr. Bruce Luber will be presenting on this study at the 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference on Saturday, October 27th. 

Hope Starts With You!
NAMI Walks

At the 3rd Annual NAMIWalks-NYS
September 29th 2018
8:30 am Registration
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Jennings Landing
1 Quay Street, Albany NY
Start or Join your team today!!!

Friday, September 7th, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary
217 Wolf Road, Albany NY 12205

Click here to sign up for NAMIWalk NYS and start your team today!

NAMIWalks NYS: Strong Body, Strong Mind 2018
NAMI NYS invites You to join the movement...
Helpline Coordinator Christine Rickeman Provides Update 
on Her Strong Mind, Strong Body Challenge 

NAMI-NYS challenges you to participate in our Strong Body, Strong Mind Fitness Challenge. Every week the NAMIWalks section of the E-News will feature Strong Body, Strong Mind tools including healthy recipes, fitness challenges, and mindful exercises.
Ok everyone we still have 6 weeks until the walk! Join us in the challenge! Its not too late, I'd love to hear from you and your challenge. Keep me posted!
Here are the workouts and recipes for the week

Avocado Chicken Salad Wraps

We also encourage you to post on your social media why you support NAMI-NYS and are participating in the walk. Send in your posts and we will feature the posts in our upcoming newsletter.
Start your walk team now  and join us to change attitudes and save lives!
Come Walk for Wellness on Saturday, September 29th, at Jennings Landing, Albany NY. This inspirational community event will have a full day of live music, informational tabling, and family friendly activities.
Healthy Minds = Healthy Communities

Save the Date


SEPTEMBER 9-NAMI Orange County " Family Connections"
Educational classes on  Borderline Personality Disorder.
Sponsored by NAMI Orange at the  First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. Starting September 9 th 2018 (Sundays) 6:30 till 8:30 pm 845-956-6264, or call Dhanu 845-294-2749 Please RSVP by September 1st. Suggested Donation: $50 per person, & $75 for family/couple Email:
SEPTEMBER 11- CDPC Family Services Presents: An Overview of Parson's Mobile Crisis Services
SEPTEMBER 11- Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services Presents: An Overview of Parson's Mobile Crisis Services by Jennifer Eslick, LCSW-R Program Director. Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the CDPC Family Resource Center 75 New Scotland Avenue Albany, NY 12208 (518) 549-6000.
For more information or to register contact: Frank Greco, Director of Family Services (518) 549-6816.

OCTOBER 9 - The National Alliance on Mental Illness Champlain Valley will be sponsoring a free one day conference at Clinton Community College on October 9th titled, "Stand Up 2 Stigma." The conference will have a variety of workshops for peers, families, providers, and interested community members.
Our keynote speaker for the event is David Granirer, a counselor, stand-up comic, mental health keynote speaker, and author of The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success. He founded Stand Up For Mental Health, a program that teaches stand up comedy to people with mental illness or mental health issues as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma. Additionally, the NYS Office Of Mental Health Commissioner, Mental Hygiene Legal Services and many other speakers will be joining us.
The event is expected to provide education & awareness around the effects of stigma, opportunities for reducing stigma, and a chance to become a proactive community member that supports mental health; like one supports cancer and diabetes.
Consider joining us! For those who may remember in 2014 we sponsored Keys to Recovery - 250 were in attendance creating one of the largest mental health conferences in our community. This time, we ask you to take a stand, be the hero, and Stand Up 2 Stigma.
We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend. Registration can be done by going to our website at and clicking the Stand Up 2 Stigma tab. When you sign up for the conference you will receive periodic updates. Feel free to forward this information to your friends, family, and colleagues.
Any questions regarding the conference can be addressed to

OCTOBER 16- CDPC Family Services Presents: An Overview of NAMI - NYS Programs for Families
OCTOBER 16- Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services Presents: An Overview of NAMI - NYS Programs for Families by Tina Lee Community Education and Outreach Manager. Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the CDPC Family Resource Center 75 New Scotland Avenue Albany, NY 12208 (518) 549-6000.
For more information or to register contact: Frank Greco, Director of Family Services (518) 549-6816.

Signature Programs
SEPTEMBER 4 - NAMI Orange County Family to Family classes. Tuesdays, September 4-November 20th from 6:30p.m.-9:00p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church , 33 Park Place, Goshen , NY 10924. Contact NAMI helpline845-956-6264 or Dhanu 845- 294-2749
namiorangeny@ For details visit

SEPTEMBER 4-NAMI-NYC Metro Family to Family. Tuesdays - Sep. 4-Nov. 13, 2018 from 6:30p.m.-9:00.m. at the NEW YORK PRESBYTERIAN - WEILL CORNELL, 525 E. 68th St. @ York Ave., Rm. 1170, New York, NY 10065. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212) 684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 5-NAMI Rochester Family-to-Family .Wednesday's September 5th - November 28th, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM at NAMI Rochester (320 N. Goodman Street, Suites 102/103, Rochester, NY 14607). To enroll, contact Beth Winslow-D'Amico at (585) 423-1593 or

SEPTEMBER 5-NAMI Rochester Family-to-Family. Wednesday s September 5th -November 21st from 6:00pm-8:30pm at Lake Plains Community Care Network, 575 E Main St, Batavia, NY 14020. Call 585-423-1593 for more information and to register.

SEPTEMBER 5-NAMI Rochester Family-to-Family. Wednesday s September 5th -November 21st from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Wayne County Action Program. Call 585-423-1593 for more information and to register.

SEPTEMBER 5- NAMI Huntington Family to Family. Wednesdays, September 5th thru November 28th, 2018 from 7:00pm-9:30pm at the Northport VA Medical Center, Building 200-A1-579, Middleville Rd., Northport, NY 11768.                                                                                      To To register contact Jill Ryan 516-695-0389( Goggin 631-261-4400 Ext 2785 ( Dovi 631-835-2277 (

SEPTEMBER 6-NAMI Finger Lakes Family-to-Family. Thursdays September 6th to November 29th (no class on November 22th)from 6:30pm to 9pm, at the Clinton Hall, Suite 2-located at 108 Cayuga St , Ithaca NY. Call 607-227-3110 to register for this NAMI Family-to-Family class.

SEPTEMBER 6- NAMI Queens/Nassau Basics.Thursdays September 6th - October 18th, from  6:30 P.M.-9:00 the  ZUCKER HILLSIDE HOSPITAL,  Northwell Long Island Jewish,  Glen Oaks, New York
Directions upon confirmation of registration.  To register:Call: (516)326-0797 or (718)347-7284  or at  .

SEPTEMBER 8-NAMI NYC Metro Peer to Peer. Saturdays, Sep. 8-Oct. 27, 2018 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the NAMI NYC Metro Office, 505 8th Ave., Ste. 1103, New York, NY 10018. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 8- NAMI Rockland Family-to-Family. Saturdays, September 8th - December 1st from 9:30 am- 12 noon at 140 Old Orangeburg Road, RPC Building #57, Orangeburg, NY 10962. Contact Heidi Vandiver at 845-359-8787 / to register.

SEPTEMBER 10- NAMI Buffalo/Erie County Family-to-Family. Mondays September 10th - November 11th from 6:00pm- 8:30pm at 603 Main St., West Seneca, NY 14224. Please contact Liz Carone at 716-481-4386/ to register.

SEPTEMBER 10- NAMI Buffalo/ Erie County Family-to-Family. Mondays September 10th- November 26th from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 4007 Main Street, Eggertsville, NY 14226. Contact Ellie Worley at 716-425-4335 to register.

SEPTEMBER 12-NAMI NYC Metro Peer to Peer. Wednesdays, Sep. 12-Oct. 31, 2018 from 11:00am-1:00pm at the NAMI NYC Metro Office, 505 8th Ave., Ste. 1103, New York, NY 10018. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 17-NAMI Mid-Hudson Family-to-Family. Mondays September 17th - December 3rd,From 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm in  Poughkeepsie, NY. To register, please call Jo Ann Brown at 845-832-6368 or email  For more information, please visit:  

SEPTEMBER 17-NAMI-NYC Metro Family to Family. Mondays - Sep. 17-Dec. 10, 2018 from 6p.m.-8:30p.m. at the NAMI NYC Metro Office 505 8th Ave. @ 35th St., Ste. 1103, New York, NY 10018. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 18-NAMI Rochester Peer to Peer. Tuesdays September 18th - November 27th from 6p.m.-8:30p.m. at the NAMI Rochester Office, 320 N. Goodman Street, Suite 102, Rochester, NY 14607. to Register contact Caneia Titus at (585)423-1593/ 

SEPTEMBER 19-NAMI Syracuse/VA Family to Family Wednesdays Sept. 19th- Dec.12th from 6p.m.- 8p.m. at the  Syracuse VA Medical Center Auditorium,   800 Irving Avenue,  Syracuse, NY 13210. To Register contact NAMI Syracuse (315) 487-2085/ .

SEPTEMBER 20- NAMI NYC Metro Homefront. Thursdays ,  Sep. 20-Nov. 1, 2018 from 9:30am-11:45am at the BRONX VET CENTER, 2471 Morris Ave. @ Fordham Rd., Ste. 1A, Bronx, NY 10468. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.          

SEPTEMBER 21- NAMI Orange County Basics. Friday September 21st- October 26th at the  Orange Regional Medical Center 707 East Main St., Middletown, NY 10940,  Conference Room 3,  Contact NAMI helpline 845-956-6264, Marcy Felter 845-258-8240

SEPTEMBER 24-NAMI Queens/Nassau Family-to-Family.Mondays  September 24th - December 10th from 7:00p.m.-9:30p.m at the 
North Shore Zucker Hillside Hospital,  NorthWell Health Hospital
Ambulatory Care Pavilion,  Room  1237,  263rd Street & 74 Ave.
Glen Oaks, NY 11004.  To register: Please contact NAMI Queens Nassau at (516) 326-0797 or  (718) 347-7284 or email www. namiqn@ org,  Co-Leaders: Janet Reilly (516) 238-1023 and Angela Babaev (718)490-9504

SEPTEMBER 24-NAMI-NYC Metro Family to Family. Mondays - Sep. 24-Dec. 10, 2018 from 12pm-2:30pm at the NAMI NYC Metro Office 505 8th Ave. @ 35th St., Ste. 1103, New York, NY 10018. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 25- NAMI Westchester Family-to-Family. Tuesdays September 25 thru December 11 from from 6:00pm-8:30pm at 100 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY 10523. To register contact / 914-592-5458.

SEPTEMBER 25- NAMI NYC Metro Homefront. Tuesdays, Sep. 25-Oct. 30, 2018 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the MANHATTAN VA MEDICAL CENTER, 423 E. 23rd St. @ 1st Ave., 3W Conf. Rm. B, New York, NY 10010. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 27-NAMI NYC Metro Peer to Peer. Thursdays, Sep. 27-Nov. 15, 2018 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the NAMI NYC Metro Office, 505 8th Ave., Ste. 1103, New York, NY 10018. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 29- NAMI Westchester Family-to-Family. Saturdays September 29 thru December 15 from 9:00am-11:30am at St. Vincents Hospital, Harrison, NY . To register contact / 914-592-5458.

OCTOBER 2-NAMI NYC Metro Peer to Peer. Tuesdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 20, 2018 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the NAMI NYC Metro Office, 505 8th Ave., Ste. 1103, New York, NY 10018. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

OCTOBER 17-NAMI-NYC Metro Family to Family. Wednesdays - Oct. 17-Jan. 16, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the JAMES J. PETERS BRONX VA MEDICAL CENTER, 130 W. Kingsbridge Rd. @ Webb Ave., Rm. 1B-07, Bronx, NY 10468. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.
Please contact your local affiliate program le aders for more information and how to enroll.

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