OCTOBER 2019 NEWSLETTER
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.
NAMI BASICS STARTS SAT. OCT. 5TH
Free course for families of kids with mental health challenges

*** WE NEED MORE PEOPLE TO REGISTER SO PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ***

"NAMI Basics," a free, 6-session family education course provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will be offered on Saturdays beginning October 5, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Family Partners of Morris & Sussex, 67 Spring St., Newton, NJ.  The course is provided to support and educate parents, guardians and other family caregivers of children and teens with emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges.  Advance registration is required: call 973-214-0632. Click here to view flyer.
FREE SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS - JUST SHOW UP!
NAMI Family Support and Information Meeting     (1st Tuesday of every month)
Support, information and referral for family members/friends who have a loved one with mental illness.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
Newton Medical Center, 175 High St., Newton, NJ
(Enter through the main entrance and ask at the Reception Desk to be directed to the Emergency Department Conference Room  .)

Parent/Guardian Support Group  (4th Tuesday of every month)
For parents/guardians of children and teens with emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges, in collaboration with Family Partners of Morris & Sussex Counties.  
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Family Partners Community Center, 67 Spring Street, Newton, NJ
(Use Spring Street entrance)

For veterans, police and first responders recovering from post-traumatic stress as a result of their service.
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Bridgeway, 93 Stickles Pond Road, Newton, NJ 

Family-to-Family Alumni Support Group (3rd Tuesday of every month)
For those who have completed our Family-to-Family course.
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 from 7-9 p.m.
Bridgeway, 93 Stickles Pond Road, Newton, NJ  
For more information, call Charles at 201-893-4793
NAMI SUSSEX MEETINGS
BOARD OF TRUSTEES  Mon. Oct. 28 , 6:30-9:00 p.m., at Family Partners of Morris and Sussex, 67 Spring St., Newton. Any member may request to attend by contacting President Annie Glynn by email (nami.sussex@gmail.com) or phone (973-214-0632) by Wed. Oct. 23.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP - Mon. Nov. 4, 7 - 9 p.m., at Bridgeway, 93 Stickles Pond Rd., Newton. Featured guest speaker on meditation.

Any member who would like to request copies of minutes from any previous General or Board meeting may do so by emailing nami.sussex@gmail.com.
FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS
Tues. 10/8 - What Does It Mean to be a Trusted Adult? presentation from 7-8:30 p.m. at Romano Conference Center (Room 100) at Newton Medical Center175 High Street, Newton, NJ. A Complimentary Healthy Box Dinner at  6:30 pm for all who RSVP by Thursday, 10/3/19. R.S.V.P. Randy Parks at 973-579-8625 or randolph.parks@atlantichealth.org. Please include in RSVP:  Name, Organization, Phone Number & E-mail Address. Click here for flyer.

This presentation focuses on how to be a “trusted adult” for the youth in your life.
·     Examine personal feelings and attitudes about suicide
·     Review the definition of the crisis of suicide
·     Review the warning signs and risk factors
·     Know how to foster protective factors
·     Identify what it means to be a trusted adult
Wed. 10/9 - Into the Light is a documentary film that focuses on Brendan O’Toole, a Marine veteran, and his struggle to assimilate back into society after returning from war and Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of a charitable organization called Give an Hour, who while helping thousands of veterans with their struggles comes to the realization that she needs to share her own story. A free screening of the film will be sponsored by the Sussex County Division of Community and Youth Services and NAMI Sussex on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the Sparta Public Library, 22 Woodport Road in Sparta, NJ. 

The one hour documentary film will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience to explore and share thoughts, feelings and experiences as they relate to the stories presented in the film. As expressed in the film’s subtitle, “Every family has a story about emotional suffering.” The film’s creators intended for it to serve as a conversation starter for people to change the culture around mental health, mental illness and emotional well-being. 
That is also the purpose of the worldwide online “Campaign to Change Direction,” initiated by Dr. Van Dahlen. Sussex County Mental Health Administrator Cindy Armstrong, along with a group of volunteers who make up the Sussex County Mental Health Task Force, have been promoting the Campaign to Change Direction for the past two years. In July 2017, the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders endorsed the campaign. 
 
Members of the public are welcome to attend the October 9 screening of Into the Light free of charge. Advance registration is not required. Community resources will be provided, with an emphasis on resources for veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Two NAMI Sussex members who have experienced PTSD will share their stories and inform the audience about a free Post-traumatic Stress Recovery Support Group they facilitate for veterans, police and first responders. For questions, call 973-214-0632 or email nami.sussex@gmail.com. Click here for flyer.
Mon. 10/21 - Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Complex Conditions, Comprehensive Solutions from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at 83 Spring St, Suite 302B, Newton, NJ. Presented by Rachel Wallace, Director of Clinical Services at The Center for Prevention & Counseling. Also co-sponsored by Intensive Family Support Services of Sussex County and NAMI Sussex. Offering information on:
·     Dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance use disorders
·     Treatment options available
·     Community resources for individuals and their families
Free and reservation requested, seating is limited. Call: Carrie Parmelee at 973-579-4399 ext. 402 or Email: cparmelee@mhaessexmorris.org. Click here for flyer.
Opiod Epidemic Symposiums - Information for Sussex County Residents concerned about the Where/How/When to obtain services. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m.
Thu. 10/17 - Newton High School, 44 Ryerson Ave., Newton
Wed. 10/23 - Walkill Valley Regional High School, 10 Grumm Rd., Hamburg
Mon. 10/28 - Lenape Valley Regional High School, 28 Sparta Rd., Stanhope
Click here for flyer.
Mon. 11/4 - SAVE THE DATE. A presentation on meditation will be held at Bridgeway, 93 Stickles Pond Rd. in Newton at 7:00 p.m.
THANKS TO WALKERS & DONORS
Fourteen members of the walk team were at Seaside Park on Sep. 28. It was a pleasant day for the walk, which was a welcome change from rainy weather the past two years.

Thanks to all who walked, fundraised, donated and supported us to surpass our goal of $5,000 again this year.

NAMI NJ is short of its $150k goal so any amount you can donate will be greatly appreciated. Donations are accepted until the 1st week of November. Click  here  to make an online donation. Donations by check should be made out to   NAMI NJ     and mailed to NAMI Sussex, P.O. Box 652, Sparta, NJ 07871 - write "NAMI walk" in the memo line. Thanks for your support & generosity!
VOLUNTEER AS A NAMI CONNECTION RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR
NAMI Sussex is very much in need of two to three volunteers to take the training to become a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group facilitator. Our NAMI Connection group has been on hiatus since March, when our two former facilitators stepped down. This work can be very rewarding for someone who has made it through their own mental health challenges and would like to accept the mission of helping others get through theirs.

A two-day training in North Brunswick is required. The next training is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 24. 

If interested, please contact Jeri Doherty at 973-214-0632 to learn more about the nature of the group. The group will be located at Bridgeway in Newton on the third Tuesday of the month, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Click here to learn more about NAMI Connection groups.
NAMI BASICS TEACHER TRAINING
NOV. 16 & 17, 2019 (9 A.M. - 6 P.M.)
Want to advocate for a child with emotional & behavioral problems? Are you currently caring or have provided care for a child/youth with mental health symptoms? Please consider becoming a NAMI Basics teacher and empower other parents and caregivers in supporting their child more effectively! Apply at http://www.naminj.org/basicsapplication/. For more information or questions, please contact Anu Singh  at  basics@naminj.org  or  732-940-0991. Click here for announcement.
PHOTO ALBUM
NAMI Sussex Board trustees Jeri Doherty and Bob Cubby at Sparta Emergency Services Night Out on Fri. Sep. 20.
NAMI Sussex member Marjorie Strohsahl and board trustee Jeri Doherty handing out Vial of Life kits at NAMIWalks NJ on Sat. Sep. 28.
FREE ONLINE EVENTS
Meditation Summit - Oct. 1 - 10. Click here to register.

Alzheimer's - The Science of Prevention Docu-series - Oct. 9 -20. Click here to register.

Body Electric Summit - Oct. 7 -13. Click here to register.

Collective Trauma Summit - Oct. 12 - 20. Click here to register.

Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression: A Progress Report - Oct. 15, 2 p.m. Click here to register.

Mindful Education Summit - Oct. 16 - 20. Click here to register.

Essential Oils Transformation Summit - Oct. 14 -20. Click here to register.

Lupus and Auto Immunity Summit - Oct. 21 - 27. Click here to register.
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.