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 Course on Mental Illness Helps Families Cope

"Family-to-Family," a free, 12-session family education course provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will be offered on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:00 p.m., beginning September 17, at the First United Methodist Church, 111 Ryerson Ave., Newton, NJ. The course is provided to support and educate family members and close friends of individuals with mental illness.  Advance registration is required:  call 973-632-7452. Click here to view flyer.

Free course for families of kids with mental health challenges

"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.

Course is Lifeline for Families Facing
Borderline Personality Disorder
The National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD) provides a 12-week course called "Family Connections" to assist family members of loved ones with Borderline Personality Disorder. This research-based course provides skills training based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. The course will be held on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 17, at St Francis De Sales RC Church, 614 Rt 517, in Vernon, NJ.  The course is being sponsored by NAMI Sussex.

The class is free, but a voluntary $50 donation is requested. No one will be turned away for financial reasons. To register for the Family Connections course, go online to this  link . For questions, contact Marcy at 845-258-8240. Click here to view flyer.
On Sat. Sep. 28, 2019, the NAMI Sussex walk team will be participating in the NAMI NJ Walk on the boardwalk at Seaside Park. The Walk is a fun, family-friendly, wheelchair-friendly event and an excellent way to let your voice be heard! Please register as a walker, or a "virtual walker" if you can't walk with us, or support our team with a donation (any amount is appreciated), and help us raise funds so we can continue to offer free programs, courses and support groups. Thus far, we have raised $1,075 of our goal of $5,000.

Click   here  to join our team or 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!
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, Sep. 24, 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, Sep. 24, 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, Sep. 17, 2019 from 7-9 p.m.
Bridgeway, 93 Stickles Pond Road, Newton, NJ  
For more information, call Charles at 201-893-4793
BOARD OF TRUSTEES  Mon. Sep. 23rd  , 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 ( or phone (973-214-0632) by Wed. Sep. 18th.

Any member who would like to request copies of minutes from any previous General or Board meeting may do so by emailing
Crisis Resources
  • If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
Mon. 9/16 - Suicide can be prevented. NAMI Sussex will host a program provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to explain how. The program, titled “ Talk Saves Lives: A Brief Introduction to Suicide Prevention ,” will be held at Bridgeway, 93 Stickles Pond Rd. in Newton at 7:00 p.m.

This presentation will cover what experts know about this leading cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what everyone can do to help fight suicide. Participants will learn the common risk factors for suicide, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep themselves, their loved ones, and those in the community safe. The presentation is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required.  Click here for flyer.
Wed. 9/25 - Free documentary film screening of SUICIDE: THE RIPPLE EFFECT sponsored by Atlantic Behavioral Health, in collaboration with Project Self-Sufficiency. Wed. Sep. 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Project Self-Sufficiency, 127 Mill St., Newton, NJ . The film highlights the journey of Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. The film chronicles Kevin’s personal journey and the ripple effect it has on those who have been impacted by his suicide attempt and his life's work since. Open to public. No registration required.
Sussex County Skylands Ride
Annual Transportation Public Hearing on Sep. 19
Thurs. 9/19 at 12 p.m. - Sussex County Community College, Performing Arts Center, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ. Lunch is provided at no charge. Advance registration is requested. To RSVP: 973-940-5200 ext. 1381. To request a ride by 9/11, call 973-579-0480. A meeting will immediately follow the public hearing. Click here for flyer.
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.
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 To learn more, register here for a Zoom webinar on Sep. 18, 2019 at 6 p.m. For more information or questions, please contact
Anu Singh  at  or  732-940-0991. Click here for announcement.
The Board of Trustees extends its gratitude to Toni Ostroman and Kathy Burul, facilitators of NAMI Sussex's Family-to-Family Alumni Support group, who facilitated their last meeting in July, after 7 and 6 years respectively. They supported many alumni with compassion, kindness and empathy, and we are grateful for their service.
A Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD) is a written document that expresses your wishes in advance about what types of treatments, services and other assistance you want during a personal mental health crisis. A directive provides a clear statement of your medical treatment preferences and other wishes or instructions. You can also use it to grant legal decision-making authority to another person to be your advocate and agent until the crisis is over. Click here for additional information.
NAMI’s Statement Regarding President Trump’s Comments On Reinstitutionalizing People With Mental Illness
Click here to read the statement.
NJ becomes the 2nd state to add Mental Health Education to K-12 school curriculum
Click here to read about it.
Plant Fit Summit - Through Sep. 8. Click here to register.

Natural Medicine Series - Sep. 3 -11. Click here to register.

50 Ways to Women's Wellness Summit - Sep. 9 -15. Click here to register.

Regain Your Brain Docuseries - Sep. 21 - Oct. 2. Click here to register.

Healthy Minds Public Television Series (ongoing) - Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein aims to remove the stigma of mental illness and demonstrate that with help, there is hope. The series humanizes common psychiatric conditions through inspiring personal stories, as well as, experts sharing cutting edge information, including new approaches and next-generation therapies in diagnostics, treatment and research. Series is produced by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Click here to access.
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.