July 16, 2018

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"The Wellness Warriors"
Tina Yun Lee

  NAMI saved my daughter's life and gave me back mine. 

Please join The Wellness Warriors for this year's 2018 NAMIWalks NYS.

The Wellness Warriors are walking to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for the important work that The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and NAMI NYS bring to my community.
NAMI NYS Changes Attitudes and Saves Lives. 
Please join The Wellness Warriors and walk with us, or support our team by making a donation to a team member listed on our ROSTER. Donations on this page are fast, secure and easy. All funds raised directly support the mission of NAMI to provide support, education and advocacy to individuals and families right here in our region.  

Your support means a lot to me and our team!

The Wellness Warriors thank you in advance for your tax deductible donation. Thank you for giving the gift of Hope and Help to another family and or individual.

I am walking with NAMI because the work they do is very important to me. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans impacted by mental illness.

Donating to NAMI through my page is easy, fast and secure. Your donation will make a difference and help people and families affected by mental illness right here in our region. Thank you for your support! Join Team Walk and Talk About It.

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Initial 2018 Education Conference announcement 
coming later this week!!!
 Eleni Gogos Receives 
NAMI Young Leader Award

NAMI Rochester member Eleni Gogos received the NAMI Young Leader Award at this year's NAMI National Convention. Eleni is the second member of NAMI-NYS's Young Adult Network (along with Allie Hill in 2015) to receive this honor. In her acceptance speech, Eleni detailed her remarkable journey from being hospitalized to becoming an Ending the Silence presenter and a member of the NAMI Rochester board. All of us at NAMI-NYS are so proud of Eleni and her accomplishments.

Click here to watch a video of Eleni's acceptance speech.  

Highlights From the NAMI National Convention

While Eleni's award was certainly a highlight of this year's convention held in New Orleans, the full agenda provided a rich learning experience for the NAMI-NYS board, staff and members in attendance. 

Along with learning, we also had the opportunity to interact with leading mental health advocates such as actor Clark Gregg (pictured above with NAMI-NYS's Christine Rickeman, NAMI Westchester's Marie Considine and Sharon McCarthy and NAMI-NYS's Matthew Shapiro) and former Second-Lady Tipper Gore (pictured with NAMI-NYS board member Ann Canastra) as well as participate in unique sessions such as Rock to Recovery, where NAMI-NYS board members Sue Gagne, Mary Jo Muscalino, and Judy Watt along with Associate Director, Public Affairs Matthew Shapiro collaborated in a music therapy project led by musicians Wes Greer (of the band Korn) and Sonny Mayo (of the band Sevendust).

Click here to view a Facebook album highlighting our convention experience. 

Watch the Latest Episode of Mental Health Now
on Suicide Prevention

Click here to watch the latest episode of the NAMI-NYS TV show
Mental Health Now. This episode discusses suicide prevention and was filmed in the wake of the tragic deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. The guest on the show is Garra Lloyd-Lester, Director of NYS Suicide Prevention Community Initiatives. Among the strategies discussed was the recently announced New York State's  first in the nation Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program, Garra also discusses the upcoming New York State Suicide Prevention Conference.   
NAMI-NYS Quoted in Article on 
Mental Health in Schools Law

On July 1st, New York's Mental Health Education law went into effect, mandating that mental health education must be integrated into health education. An NBC News piece on the law features a quote from NAMI-NYS's Associate Director, Public Affairs, Matthew Shapiro, who discussed how teachers were initially reluctant to endorse this law but how the importance of mental health education eventually swayed legislators. 
"Teachers don't want to be told what to teach," Matthew said adding,  "However, it's very important to teach kids how to identify potential illness and more importantly that it's OK to talk about it and ask for help."

Click here to read the full article. 

NAMI Rochester's Kristina Mossgraber: 
Thoughts of Hopelessness are the Brain Telling You a Lie

Kristina Mossgraber

NAMI Rochester's Kristina Mossgraber was recently included in a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's in depth look at suicide. Kristina articulately explains how suicidality can be explained by how people's brain's chemistry leads them to react to things differently.  "You and I can have the exact same things happen to us," said Kristina "Maybe one of us goes to suicide and one of us goes, 'You know what, I'm going to go out to drinks and dinner with friends and it's all going to be fine."

Kristina also explains her own suicide attempt several years ago and emphasizes that  there is help and hope for people with thoughts of suicide. 

NAMI Rensselaer County Family-to-Family Graduation

NAMI Rensselaer County held its Family-to-Family Graduation on July 5th at the NAMI-NYS Office, unfortunately 3 members of the class could not make it to this event, but many new friendships have been made. Congratulations to all the graduates and thank you to teachers Robin Cole and Christine Robinson-Coley.

NAMI-NYS holds a Peer Connection 
and Family Support Group Training
Congratulations to our most recent graduates of our joint Peer Connections and Family Support Group class held at the NAMI-NYS office. Thanks to all the participants and our great instructors Almarie Tulloch and Jack Goldstein.

NAMI Queens Nassau Family to Family Graduation

On May 22nd, NAMI Queesns/Nassau held a graduation ceremony for the second Family-to-Family course held at Laguardia Community College. Congratulations to all the graduates and thank you to teachers  John Johnson and Sonya Evariste, as well as  Muriel Jon Baptiste who served as a resource person.

NAMI Syracuse Meets with Hutchings Psychiatric Center's Team Leaders and Program Directors

Kristin Russell, chairperson of family support at Hutchings, Karen Antoine, program director of member support services Hutchings, and Marla Byrnes, NAMI Syracuse President 

This week, NAMI Syracuse met  with Hutchings Psychiatric Center's team leaders and program directors. They discussed how NAMI and HPC can work together to reach more families. Among their plans are to set up an information table at family dinners on inpatient units and share information about support and education program NAMI offers. NAMI-Syracuse also looks forward to utilizing HPC's staff to present at their events.  

Make sure to keep reading the E-newsletter as we will be starting to feature each affiliate
 during the upcoming weeks!
NAMI Advocacy Update:
Health Information-Sharing Bill Passes House

We did it! Thanks to your advocacy, the House passed H.R. 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, on June 21st with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 357-57!

This victory is because of you. Your advocacy made this possible.
H.R. 6082 aligns 42 CFR Part 2-the regulation that keeps health care providers from accessing information about a person's substance use condition-with HIPAA.

This will ensure that physical health, mental health and substance use records are treated fairly and equally. This allows for better treatment and better outcomes for the eight million people with mental illness who also have substance use conditions.  
NAMI will continue to push for this legislation to be taken up by the Senate and keep you updated on opportunities to contact your senators about this issue.
New York News
New York Announces First in the Nation 
Suicide Prevention Initiative
On June 8th, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced two new suicide initiatives. As mentioned in the NAMI-NYS news section, this includes the first in the nation intervention program.

Funded through the $3.5 million federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant, the Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program (ASSIP) reframes how suicide attempts are examined in order to develop individualized prevention strategies.

Developed in Switzerland, ASSIP is based on the belief that it is more helpful to view suicide as an action taken in order to reach a goal, rather than simply a symptom of mental illness. Only by understanding the very individualized path to a suicide attempt can one develop effective prevention strategies. Clinicians at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse have already received training on this new method and are prepared to begin implementation.

Of the program New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Ann Sullivan said, "The initial studies of ASSIP have been very promising, and ASSIP patients saw the risk of repeat suicide attempts reduced greatly. OMH and our Office of Suicide Prevention have implemented a number of effective and successful programs, and are working with advocates and stakeholders to prevent suicide.  ASSIP will provide another effective tool in our mission."

In addition to the pilot program, the New York State Office of Mental Health is launching a new social media campaign to help connect people to suicide prevention resources. The campaign will also provide insights on how to recognize when someone might be experiencing a suicidal crisis and the steps you can take to help them through their crisis.

Click here to learn more. 

OMH to Hold a Special Regional Advisory Committee Meeting

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) will be holding a Special Regional Advisory Committee Meeting for Consumers and Families with the Office of Planning on Thursday, July 26, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be conducted through a statewide video teleconference.
  • Presentation from the Office of Planning
  • Lunch and workgroup assignments
  • Brainstorming and report outs from the sites
The meeting is open to the public, however since OMH will be providing lunch, they ask people to register in advance. To register, please use the online registration page or call your Regional Advocacy Specialist to attend at a site that is closest to you.  Registration will be closed at the end of the day on July 23rd.

Click here to register. Click here to learn more and If you have any questions please contact Tom Sperduto at 518-473-6579

National News

Strategies for coping with stress and building resilience may provide new approaches to treat schizophrenia
Stressful situations affect the brain and body differently in people with schizophrenia compared to people without mental illness or individuals at high risk for developing psychosis, a new study shows. The relationship between two chemicals released when people experienced stress -- one released in the brain and the other in saliva -- differs in people with schizophrenia. The discovery may provide clues into how to act early to address schizophrenia.

NIMH Update

Click here to read the latest Update from NIMH.

Intervention Shows Promise for Treating Depression in PreSchool-Aged Children
Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have shown that a therapy-based treatment for disruptive behavioral disorders can be adapted and used as an effective treatment option for early childhood depression. Children as young as three-years-old can be diagnosed with clinical depression, and although preschool-aged children are sometimes prescribed antidepressants, a psychotherapeutic intervention is greatly needed. The study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of NIH, appeared online June 20 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Teen Depression Study

Click here to learn more about this study

NIH Launches the All of Us Research Program

The Update above has a lot of details about the new NIH All of Us Research program. The mission of the All of Us Research Program is to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs. To do this, NIH is asking one million people to lead the way to provide the types of information that can help NIH create individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all of us.

What Does This Mean?

NIH is creating a research community of one million people who will share their unique health data. This will include answering survey questions and sharing electronic health records (EHR). Some participants may also be asked to provide blood or urine samples. The program will ask participants to answer more questions from time to time. It's up to you to decide how much information you want to share.

The health data gathered from participants will be stored in a database. Approved researchers can access this data to explore how factors like environment, lifestyle, and genetics, can impact health. This may help develop new medical treatments that are unique to individuals, and enable a future of precision medicine for all of us.

Click here to learn more. 

Hope Starts With YOU

NAMI Walks

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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.
Challenge update for Christine, the Resource and Information Helpline Coordinator NAMI-NYS. After a week in New Orleans I was still able to lose 2  pounds! It had to be all the walking and extreme heat , which has now followed us home! I now have 8lbs more to lose for my second 10lb 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

Blackened Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado Salad with Lemon Pepper Yogurt Dressing

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
JULY 11- NAMI Connections Peer Support Group NAMI Rensselaer County is starting a new support group group for Peers July 11th from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm at the NAMI NYS Office 99 Pine Street Suite 105, Albany NY. And will meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month following.Please contact Mary Beth Honsinger with any questions at 518-491-3743.

JULY 24- Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services Presents: An Overview of OnTrackNY Services by Joanne Schneider. Tuesday, July 24, 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.

AUGUST 7- Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services Presents: An Overview of CDPC Peer Services by Mary Caggiano and Michael Ammendola Peer Specialists. Tuesday, August 7, 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.

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 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.

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 nami-cv.org 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 info@nami-cv.org. 

Signature Programs
JULY 11 -NAMI Rochester Basics. Wednesday's July 11th -August 15th, 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 beth@namirochester.org.

JULY 12- NAMI Queens Nassau Peer- to- Peer. Thursdays July 12th -August 30th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at NAMI Queens Nassau, 1981 Marcus Ave. Ste. C-117, Lake Success, NY, 11042. To register please contact Robert Keller (516)326-0797/ rkeller@namiqn.org.

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 beth@namirochester.org.

SEPTEMBER 6- NAMI Queens/Nassau Basics.Thursdays September 6th - October 18th, from  6:30 P.M.-9:00 P.M.at 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  www.namiqn.org  .

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 jnbrown@optonline.net.  For more information, please visit: www.namimidhudson.org.  

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/ namisyracuse@namisyracuse.org .

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, www.facebook.com/namiqn.  Co-Leaders: Janet Reilly (516) 238-1023 and Angela Babaev (718)490-9504
Please contact your local affiliate program le aders for more information and how to enroll.

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