NAMI Sussex envisions a community where those impacted by mental illness obtain the help, support and hope they require to achieve resiliency, recovery and wellness.
A free presentation and discussion by Intensive Family Support Services
Thursday, November 19, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

NAMI Sussex is pleased to offer a free special program on coping with the holidays during our general membership meeting on Nov. 19th. The holidays can be a stressful time for families dealing with mental illness and this year the current health crisis of COVID-19 brings an added source of stress and isolation to the mix. Carrie Parmelee, Annette Hoffman and Lois Kiensicki will discuss this topic and facilitate an open discussion among participants about these issues. Families will be provided an opportunity to discuss their experiences, both positive and negative and the presentation will offer some helpful resources for coping and self-care during the holiday season. Information about the IFSS program will also be presented. 

Click here for flyer. Register here.
NAMI Sussex will hold a general membership meeting on Thursday Nov. 19, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., virtually via Zoom. Register here. You will receive the Zoom link to join the meeting on the morning of Nov. 19th. During the meeting, there will be a presentation and discussion by IFSS. See "Coping with the Holidays" above.

Any member who would like to request copies of minutes from any previous meetings may do so by emailing
Tuesday Nov. 17 - ONLINE FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP for family members (or close friends with a caretaking role) - meets via Zoom on the third Tuesday of every month, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Everyone on our email list will receive a reminder and instructions how to register for the group the Wednesday or Thursday before. The co-facilitators of the group are Annette Hoffman and Charles Cantelmo. 

Tuesday Nov. 24 - PTS CONNECTION PEER RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP for veterans, police and first responders recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress as a result of their service.
Meets on 4th Tuesday of the month, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
New INDOOR location: 
Andover United Methodist Church
207 Andover Sparta Rd., Andover Twp., NJ
(Use Newton, NJ for GPS purposes.)

The use of face masks and social distancing will be required during the COVID-19 pandemic, and participants must sign a waiver.

Call John 973-865-0605 or Bob 973-729-6534 with any questions or to confirm meeting is being held as scheduled, or check website

Click here for flyer with further details.
IFSS -Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and 1st and 3rd Mondays at 11:00 a.m.. Call Carrie at 973-579-4399 x. 402 to request an email with links to the meetings or a number to join by telephone.

Family Partners of Morris/Sussex Counties - Various groups for youth (ages 13 - 21) and parents. Click here for information.

MHA NJ Hope & Healing - For teens, parents, teachers, healthcare workers, job seekers and boomers. Click here for calendar and Zoom links.

The Crisis Counseling Program at the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris is offering a chance to discuss the feelings we may have about this very different holiday season.
Mondays, 5 - 6 p.m. Click here for flyer with Zoom link.

COVID-19 support group
Wednesdays, 2 - 3 p.m. Click here for flyer with Zoom link.

The following two groups are being offered online, using the Zoom platform:
NAMI Family Support Group
Tuesdays at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spouse/Partner Support Group
Monthly, 2nd Thursday - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
Wednesdays at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

NAMI Family Support Group is a 60 minute support group for adult friends and family members (18+) of people with mental health conditions. Participants gain support from peers who understand their experience and gain insight into others’ challenges and successes.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a 60 minute support group for adults (18+) with a mental health condition. Participants gain the support of peers who understand their experience and gain insight into others’ challenges and successes.

Please register by 4 pm on the day of the support group. Attendance is limited.

Click here for further details and to register.
NAMI Hearts & Minds is a presentation focusing on inner and outer wellness for people living with a mental illness.

Fill the Bowl: Let's cook it up.
Sunday, November 15, 2020 | 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

We will pursue a healthy, practical recipe right in the kitchen with the produce products we picked out in the previous session. Register here.

Coaching approaches for goal setting and achievement.
Sunday, December 6, 2020 | 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

All of us have personal goals which are not trivial to accomplish, and often require some combination of careful planning and coaching for accountability. These goals are often in the physical dimension of wellness, and sometimes involved other/multiple dimensions. Register here.
“Grateful & Present: 5 Tools to Help Make the Season Joyous!”
Wednesday, November 18, 11 a.m - 12 p.m.

Join NAMI NJ for this webinar. Add some self-care tools to your toolbox this season! Join Melissa Fine, C-IAYT, 500RYT for this yoga therapy inspired webinar. Register here.
Nov. 9 - 15 - The Parasympathetic Summit - Discover how you can activate the parasympathetic state to calm inflammation, control every aspect of digestion and unlock inner calm.. Register here.

Nov. 9 - 15 - Mindful World Parenting Summit - Find Balance at home and adapt a new way of parenting with proven tools that will help you and your family be resilient during these uncertain times. Register here.

Nov. 11 -23 - Food Matters - Uncover the Secrets to Good Health, Healing, and Longevity. Join 64 leading health & wellbeing experts in this free online screening event to discover the secrets to getting your life and health back on track. Register here.

Nov. 14 - 22 - GI Health Summit - Latest research shows that our gut is the center of our health and the biggest producer of our happiness hormones. So whether you're suffering from GI issues or simply want to feel great, join us and walk away with a roadmap to a vibrant life! Register here.

Nov. 18 - People v. Cancer - How has the global pandemic affected cancer care? And how do we lead with empathy and compassion to ensure that the treatment is right for the patient? As part of the People v. Cancer series, The Atlantic will illuminate stories from the frontlines of the cancer community, confronting two challenges this fall — cancer and COVID. We'll explore the latest science and the power of the human experience. Register here.

For NAMI NJ's Mental Health Community Events page, click here.

For past NAMI NJ webinars, click here.

For replays of NAMI's Ask the Expert webinars, click here.
NAMI Sussex
P.O. Box 652, Sparta, NJ 07871
Tel no. 973-214-0632
NAMI Sussex is an all-volunteer 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support, education, and advocacy throughout the Sussex County, New Jersey area on behalf of individuals and families affected by mental illness.