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.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. NAMI is here to help.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 741741.

Access resources here.
On Sat. Sep.26, 2020, the NAMI Sussex walk team will be participating in the NAMI NJ Walk which is now a virtual event. Please join our team as a virtual walker, 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.

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 and generosity!

Join NAMI NJ on Zoom or Facebook Live on Sep. 26 from 10 a.m. - 3. p.m.
Thursday Sep. 24, 7 - 8 p.m.
Estate Planning and Special Needs Trusts: Get Your Questions Answered
Presented by Hinkle, Prior & Fischer, Attorneys at Law

Attorney Jared Oberweis will discuss the documents necessary to ensure your son or daughter with special needs is financially protected and maintains eligibility for benefits after your death. The webinar will include time for questions and answers. Click here for flyer. Register here.

Wednesday Oct. 7, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Too Much Stuff - Why Persons Tend To Hoard

NAMI NJ, and NAMI Sussex, in collaboration with the Mental Association in NJ, present: “Too Much Stuff” with Laverne Williams

People who have a tendency to hoard can accumulate so much “stuff” it overwhelms their lives, and family members and friends often do more harm than good in their attempts to help. 

Laverne Williams, CSW, will discuss common beliefs around hoarding disorder, best practices to support someone with the disorder, and the financial and emotional costs to persons with the tendency to hoard and to their families and the community. She will provide evidence-based tools to assess the risk for hoarding disorder, as well as a case study practice for gaining entry into a home with too much stuff. She will also stress the need for a paradigm switch of language about hoarding disorder. Click here for flyer. Register here.
Tuesday Sep. 15 - 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 Sep. 22 - 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.
Outdoor location: 
Kittatinny Masonic Grand Lodge #164, 
336 U.S. Highway 206, Branchville, NJ 

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 on Amazon Chime or a number to join by telephone only.

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 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

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

The spouse/partner group will meet 2nd Thursdays of the month starting September 10.

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.

Click here for further details and to register.
NAMI Sussex Board of Trustees will meet on Mon. Sep. 14, 6:30-9:00 p.m., virtually via Zoom. Any member may request to attend by contacting President Annie Glynn by email ( or phone (973-214-0632) 3 days before the meeting.

Any member who would like to request copies of minutes from any previous meetings may do so by emailing
NAMI Sussex is offering one $250 scholarship to a Sussex County Community College ("SCCC") student with a mental health condition.  The scholarship funds provided by NAMI Sussex to an individual student shall not exceed a total of $250 for the 2020-21 academic year. 

Any student interested in applying for the scholarship should submit a letter via email to Annemarie Sacco, SCCC counselor, describing what helps them manage the symptoms of their mental health condition while pursuing their college education.  Letters of application must be submitted via email (no hard copies) to by 9/30/20.  “NAMI Scholarship Application” must be included in the subject line of the email. Click here for complete details.
NAMI In Your Own Voice Program
Thursday, September 10, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

NAMI NJ is offering a presentation of its popular NAMI In Our Own Voice program to raise mental health awareness and reduce stigma. Learn from trained NAMI volunteers about their lived experience of mental health recovery; What Happened, What Helps, and What’s Next.

This is a presentation that NAMI NJ gives over 200 times a year to a wide variety of audiences, including high school and college classes, professional trainings, family education courses, and congregations. Register here.

Coping with the Return to School During COVID-19
Wednesday, September 30, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

As students transition back to school in the fall, teachers will be faced with working with students with heightened states of fear and anxiety. In this presentation, teachers and caregivers will gain an awareness of the potential traumatic impact of COVID on students, along with tips that teachers can use to help offset student fears and anxiety in the classroom. For information and to register, click here.
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the following sessions*: 
Eastern Evening: October 7 – November 11
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm ET (5:30pm CT, 4:30pm MT, 3:30pm PT)

Eastern Daytime: October 6 – November 10
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET (9:00am CT, 8:00am MT, 7:00am PT)
Pacific Evening: October 5 – November 9
Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30 pm PT (7:30pm MT, 8:30 pm CT, 9:30 pm ET)

Central Evening: October 6 – November 10
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm CT (5:30pm MT, 4:30pm PT, 7:30pm ET)

*Please note the TIME ZONE listed for each class time. You can register for any session.

The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/ Veteran. The class is free but you are expected to attend all six sessions. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. To hear audio, you will need to call in via telephone. We recommend you use a headset or headphones.

An application process is required to ensure this program is a good fit. Space is limited.
Sep. 5 -12 - The Fatigue Super Conference - Learn to heal from fatigue. Register here.

Sep. 7 -13 - The Gut and Microbiome Rescue Summit - learn the latest technology and actionable tips, tools and resources for promoting a healthier microbiome in every aspect of your life. Register here.

Sep. 8 – Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents: Meet the Scientist Webinar Series – Assessing & Managing Adolescent Suicidal Behavior New Approaches, 2:00 pm EDT, Presented by David A. Brent, M.D. Register here.

Sep. 10 - NAMI "Ask the Expert" Eating for Better Mental Health, 4 p.m. ET - People with mental health conditions are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other physical health problems. While most of us recognize that mental and physical health are linked, it can be hard to figure out how to best support our own well-being. Developing research shows that specific dietary choices not only support physical health, but directly contribute to mental health as well. Register here.

Sep. 9 - 20 - Alzheimer's The Science of Prevention - Discover how to reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, improve overall health & brain function, and the keys to living a long, healthy, fulfilling life. Register here.

Sep. 10 - Resiliency 2020 - Learn strategies to strive in our ever changing world. Register here.

Sep. 11 - 12 - Mindfulness and Compassion Global Summit Encore Replay - Learn proven, practical ways that mindfulness and compassion can help each of us in our own lives. Register here.

Sep. 14 - Oct. 24 - A Magnificent New Normal - 40 experts offer practical tips, mindful exercises and daily challenges to enrich your life, uplift society and inspire global transformation. Register here.

Sep. 21 - 27 - Beyond Biological Medicine Speaker Series - Explore medicine without medication! 35 world-renowned experts in bioregulatory medicine showing you how you can fully restore your health through noninvasive, nontoxic modalities that support your body’s innate intelligence to reverse disease, repair, regenerate and thrive! Register here.

Sep. 22 - Oct. 1 - Collective Trauma Summit - Explore Methods for Working with Unresolved and Hidden Trauma in Individuals, Communities, and Society. Register here.

Sep. 27 - Oct. 1 - Mindfulness & Nature Education Summit - Over 25 experts share their ideas, thoughts and strategies about mindfulness and nature and the environment. 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.