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NAMI-NYS Legislative Advocacy Week

Feb. 22-26

Would you be interested in becoming a NAMI Orange board member?
If so, contact our office at 845-956-6264
or email

to learn about the application process

Upcoming Events/Outreaches

Zoom NAMI Orange Education Meeting

Mon., March 8, 7 pm

Practicing Meditation



1 day presentation

Tues., March 16 

Register now

Team Up for Hope Webinar
Thurs., Mar. 18, 7 pm

"Pandemic Effects
on School-aged Children"

Virtual NAMI 

April/May course has been postponed to the Fall


On-going  Support Groups:

NAMI Connection*Offered online through
NAMI Orange  1st & 3rd Thursdays 
7-8:30 pm

Email to register at



*Offered online through
NAMI Sullivan Mondays, 7 pm


*Offered online through

Tuesdays, 5 pm


*Offered online through NAMI
2nd Friday
of month 
6:30 pm


NAMI Connection
a peer-led support group for adults living with a
mental illness.
No fee, no registration
unfortunately these meetings held in Goshen will not be able to resume until a later date, but online is available-
see above



presented by NAMI Orange
Click here for details

1st & 3rd Mondays
6:30-8 pm

Register by  emailing

r call our office

with name, phone # and email

For ongoing Family
Support Group Meetings, click here
for Zoom meetings thru NAMI Sullivan
3rd & 4th Tuesdays
6:30-8 p.m.

NAMI Rockland,
click here for support groups including
Family Support
in Spanish
Thursdays: 3-4 pm
Virtual Support meetings for Parents of Children, Teens and Young Adults
Thursdays: 6-7 pm


Virtual Self-Injury Learning Collaborative 
Thursdays: 4 pm
Mental Health Empowerment Project

Support Group through
Garnet Health

3rd Tuesday, starting December 15

5:30-6:30 pm

Own Voice


NAMI National Conference

June 30-July 3, 2021

NAMI Presentations:

Both programs are arranged by request

Click on links below for details

 -Ending the Silence
is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs. Through this classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition.
*3 types of presentations are available: for students, for staff and also for families

Click above link for possible ETS ZOOM presentations

-In Our Own Voice
trained presenters who are in recovery from mental illness share compelling personal testimonies about their experiences of living with and dealing with the challenges posed by mental illness.


NAMI Orange Meetings/Support Groups

and NAMI Courses offered:

*Be sure to indicate which ZOOM meeting
or course you are requesting when you register and it's best to register well ahead of the meeting start time so we don't miss your request. 

(scroll down for details)

Zoom Family Support Group
1st & 3rd Mondays, 6:30-8 pm

Zoom NAMI Connection:
1st and 3rd Thursdays,  7-8:30 pm

ZOOM Education Meeting: Mon., March 8 (See below)

Zoom NAMI Family & Friends
Tuesday, March 16, 7-9 pm (See below) 

Zoom Webinar through Team Up for Hope
Thursday, March 18 (See below)

 Zoom Family-to-Family course, starting in the Fall
for 8 consecutive Saturdays  (See below)

Zoom NAMI Family & Friends

Register for Tuesday March 16, 7-9 pm

Click on above link to register directly 

NAMI Family & Friends is a free 2-hour presentation that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

What You’ll Learn:

the seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics:

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery,
  • Effective communication strategies,
  • The importance of self-care,
  • Crisis preparation strategies,
  • NAMI and community resources.

What People Are Saying:

“Hearing personal experiences and how relatable my experiences are to them was very helpful. Hearing specific strategies to communicate and specific traits that people with mental illness have. Know that the illness is what can cause “cruelty” and poor decisions rather than the person.”

“I have a better understanding of how mental illness impacts the person affected…it was nice to hear the stories of the instructors and their paths. The handbook (eBook) given has a lot of helpful information which I did not know about.”

Contact information if you have any questions:
Dhanu Sannesy,
Pat Siano,

or call our offoce at 845-956-6264 

This will be a slide presentation so you will need to have video and audio access to get the most out of the event.

Team Up For Hope

Webinar: March 18th at 7:00 pm

 “Pandemic Effects
on School Aged Children”

This will be informative and provide tools on what to do
and how to cope.

*Watch this space for sign-up information

        NAMI F2F Logo 

8 wk. virtual course (Saturdays only) April/May course has had to be postponed to the Fall. Watch here for more details.

Register by emailing
with your name, address, telephone # and email address and also please indicate Family-to-Family course 
or call our office at 845-956-6264.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free course that is taught to family members or significant others who are caregivers of a person with serious mental illness. The weekly classes (8) cover all aspects of mental illnesses, symptoms, medications, biology of the brain, problem-solving techniques, coping strategies and provide emotional support as well. It is appropriate for families only, not the person with the mental illness. It is offered once or twice a year and pre-registration is required. 

NAMI Orange education meetings (in-person meetings on hold) are for families, people with a mental illness, providers, students, or anyone concerned with mental illness (open to the public). Membership is not required in order to attend. All are welcomed and no registration is required. 
This education meeting usually has a guest speaker and is usually held the 2nd Monday of the month 6:30-8:30 p.m. (refer to exceptions) at Orange County Department of Mental Health, 30 Harriman Drive, Goshen, NY 10924. 

If you are... Traveling East on NYS Route 17:
Follow NYS Route 17 East and take Exit 125. The Department of Mental Health offices are in the first building on your left as you exit from the highway. Make a left onto BOCES Dr., then an immediate right into the parking lot. It is a single story gray brick building with white trim. There is an orange and white sign on the lawn identifying the Department. After you walk through the double doors, it is through the door on your left - the Melville Room.

If you are... Traveling West on NYS Route 17:
Follow NYS Route 17 West and take Exit 125. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left. Turn left again at the traffic light. Go over the highway and make an immediate left onto Harriman Drive. Go straight past the BOCES Educational Center entrance, and down the hill. The Department of Mental Health offices are in the last building on your right just before you re-enter the highway. Make a right onto BOCES Dr., then an immediate right into the parking lot. It is a single story gray brick building with white trim. There is an orange and white sign on the lawn identifying the Department. After you walk through the double doors, it is through the door on your left - the Melville Room.

NAMI Orange County logo

Monday, March 8, 7 PM
Zoom NAMI Orange Education Meeting

Topic: Practicing Mindfulness

Speaker: Zoryn Lazarus-Theodore, LMSW

Zoryn is a Independent Therapist and Life Coach

She teaches group trainings on many different life skills, including mindfulness training,  mother/daughter workshops and women empowerment.

Time: Mar 8, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


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Passcode: 559786

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Watch this space for the April, May and June
Education Meetings

on the second Monday of the month

  NAMI Connection logo  is a recovery support group exclusively for adults living with a mental health condition that provides a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. The group is a peer-led support group (led by NAMI-trained facilitators who are in recovery themselves) who understand the daily challenges. The group is confidential-attendees may share as much or as little personal information as they wish. 

Virtual NAMI Connection
(through NAMI Orange)

 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm 

Register for ZOOM event by emailing your name and phone number to
*Please be sure to indicate you want NAMI Connection since we have several different ZOOM meetings.

You will only need to register once and then you will receive a reminder
prior to each meeting.

The Meeting ID and Passcode will now remain the same for every meeting

*NAMI Connection (through NAMI Sullivan)
may be attended online
through Zoom Video Conferencing
on smart phone, tablet or computer.
Join Chris & Janine.
(Offered every Monday, 7-8 p.m.)

Call 845-794-1029 in advance for details
as to how to join or check Facebook


*NAMI Connection (through NAMI Capital Region, NY and links are sent out weekly through 
5 p.m. Tuesdays


NAMI Connection (through NAMI Mid-Hudson)
Second Friday of the month, 6:30-8 pm

Connection Adult Recovery Support Group is for Adults looking for Support.This is a friendly reminder that the NAMI Peer Connection Support group is meeting on:

Location: Zoom or call-in
6:30 pm - 8 pm

Mental health is so important!
"Without mental health we have no health"
If you know an adult struggling with a mental health condition and they are looking for support please have them phone or email NAMI Mid-Hudson to register.
NAMI Mid-Hudson 845-206-9892 or

Free and Confidential
Group meets for 90 minutes every second Friday of the Month.
Time: 6:30 – 8 pm
Designed to Connect, Encourage, and Support participants using a structured support group model.
Led by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves.


On site NAMI Connection meetings are on hold, but virtual on-line meetings are being held. See above.

church map

Location when meetings resume will continue to be at: The First Presbyterian.  Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen 10924; however, they will be in the upper large room - Fellowship Hall.

No registration is necessary.





NAMI Connection meeting entrance


*The church meeting entrance door is across the street from Delancey's Restaurant on Park Place. Walk through the doors, then go upstairs on your right to reach the meeting room.

is a structured support group for families, friends, partners and caregivers of loved ones with serious mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, OCD, etc. which is offered through NAMI Orange.  Facilitators are trained by NAMI-NYS.

scheduled for 1st & 3rd Mondays from 6:30-8 pm,

In order to register for the Zoom session, you must 

with your name and telephone #
or call Dhanu at 845-344-7681

Registering in advance of the start time is best
so we don't miss your request.

*Please indicate Family Support Group meeting 
when you register since we have several ZOOM meetings
for different groups.

You will only need to register ONCE and then you can use the same method to log in prior to each meeting.
(Phone #, ID# and Password will be the same
for every meeting)



1st TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 6:30-8:30 the  First Presbyterian Church of Goshen, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. See church photo and map above. When you go through the doors, meetings are now upstairs on your right.

3rd MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 7 - 9 p.m.
at Garnet Health Medical Center, formerly known as Orange Regional Medical Center, 707 E. Main Street, Middletown, Conference Room #7.

For further information call NAMI Orange at 845-956-6264,
or email

*See above for ZOOM meetings 
offered through NAMI Orange

*See below for Zoom meetings
offered through NAMI Sullivan 

and Spanish meetings offered through NAMI Rockland

Sullivan County NAMI affiliate would like to invite anyone interested to join them at their:

"Sharing and Caring" Family Support Group 

In an effort to respect Social Distancing while maintaining services for those who need our Support Groups, NAMI Sullivan is going to be implementing Virtual Sharing and Caring Family Support groups via ZOOM.

ZOOM meetings are held: 
3rd & 4th Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Meetings are FREE, CONFIDENTIAL and a SAFE place to share...If you have any problem accessing the meeting via ZOOM, please call NAMI Sullivan at 845-794-1029. Calls are being forwarded to the executive director Lori Schneider's cell phone.


Spanish Family Support


Thursday Afternoons 3 - 4 PM
Contact NAMI Rockland to receive access information for joining the call.    Call 845-359-8784 or EMAIL

NAMI Rockland Family & Friends

NAMI Rockland Parents of Children, Teens and Young adults

NAMI Rockland Parents of Children, Teens and Young Adults


NAMI Basics Logo

This course is taught in 3 different ways:

  • Virtual course (watch here for date)
  • OnDemand
  • In Person (on hold due to Coronavirus)

All formats provide identical information, strategies and the opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers.

NAMI Basics in-person course is a free, 6-week (one day per week) education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed.

You'll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they're getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.

The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery. At NAMI Basics, you'll find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

NAMI Basics covers:

  • Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
  • Advocating for your child's rights at school and in health care settings
  • Learning about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and supporting resources to help you navigate these systems
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family



Inclusion Social for People w/ Disabilities, Family & Friends
(Sponsored by Scalia & Co. Craft Kitchen + Bar, ShopRite of Warwick)

Meet others who have similar experiences and receive social, educational
and emotional support.

-Experience a supportive, inclusive community
-Become healthier in all areas of life
-Learn wellness strategies & community resources
-Develop lasting friendships
-Pizza, soda, & snacks will be served

Call or email Dan for future meeting dates; 

Location: Orange County Sports Club
1743 State Route 17A
Florida, NY 10921

Hosted by:

Daniel V. Schiavo, MS, CTRS
For Questions or Additional Information, please contact /or 845-987-0104

NAMI Orange note: Please be aware that Dan would like to receive an RSVP
from those attending.

This Inclusion Social & future events are open to all people w/disabilities AND those w/out disabilities, including family members, friends, care givers, clergy members, etc.

It is with the support of Orange County Sports Clubs & Independent Living,
Inc. that this project is possible

  County Highway 108 is the older street name if you have an older GPS that does not recognize the street name of 73 James P. Kelly Way.
MHA Friends & Family meetings (3rd Thursday of the month) are held here, which is actually the Mental Health Association in Orange County Inc.'s office.
If coming from Dolson Avenue onto James P. Kelly Way, the office will be on the left. It is in line with Accucare Pharmacy.

MHA Family & Friends Together is a sharing and caring support group for families, friends and caregivers of adult loved ones with serious mental illness, schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, OCD, etc. which is offered through the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.  It provides a safe and compassionate environment for people to connect and share insights with other caregivers.
It meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Mental Health Association,      
73 James P. Kelly Way, Middletown, NY 10940
Call Peggy, Coordinator Family Support, Education and Advocacy at
845-342-2400 x1238 for information.

Call to see if they have cancelled.

NAMI FaithNet logo

Upcoming Presentations have been cancelled:
Presentations are 45 minutes long
and followed by Question & Answer segment

No cost/No Registration Fee,
but registering would be helpful

Call Edie at 845-283-5237,
or email:


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NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness.

NAMI FaithNet strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role of spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions, those for whom faith is a key component.

Refer to Other Support Groups listed on Resources

  NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is offered periodically online through NAMI and soon to also be offered through Zoom with NAMI Orange. Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes.

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.

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. 

For NAMI Homefront offered through NAMI Orange, watch this space for more details or check for their next online course.

NAMI Homefront Content of 6 Classes and Resources:

Class 1: Intro to Family Education
Class 2: Biology of Mental Illness & Getting a Diagnosis
Class 3: Understanding Trauma, Overview of the Diagnoses and Treatment
Class 4: Treatment Services and Crisis Management
Class 5: Crisis Preparation and Communication Skills
Class 6: Family Roles, Recovery and Self-Care


SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS are occasionally offered now as Virtual ZOOM presentations. Watch this space for announcements to be able to register

Ending the Silence logo

is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs. Through this classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the 50-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped. Contact NAMI Orange 845-956-6264 or email to arrange for this presentation to be given at your school by our NAMI-trained presenters.

NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families

NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for parents and primary caregivers that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff 


NAMI trainings will eventually be offered in the future for interested NAMI members who have experienced a mental health condition and who wish to be presenters to their local middle schools and/or high schools after receiving their NAMI training. Call 845-956-6264
or email for the details



 is a unique, education program developed by NAMI in which trained presenters who are in recovery from mental illness share compelling personal testimonies about their experiences of living with and dealing with the challenges posed by mental illness.  Audience participation and discussion are encouraged and a brief video with a variety of stories accompanies the presentation.  By broadening people's knowledge of mental illness, we replace misunderstanding, fear and judgment with insight, awareness and acceptance. This program is ideal for human resource departments, health care providers, law enforcement professionals, faith communities, educators, students or any community or civic organization.  Call NAMI Orange 845-956-6264 or email for information or to schedule a presentation at a convenient site.


NAMI on Campus

NoC are student-led, student-run mental health organizations for college campuses

NoC Mission:

-Raise Mental Health awareness with events, programs & campaigns
-Educate campus community with presentations, guest speakers and student panels
-Advocate for improved mental health services and policies on campus
-Support peers with signature NAMI programs and training

To start the process contact Cassandra Farrugia, NAMI-NYS Communication Specialist, at (518) 462-2000 x109 or


Upcoming NAMI trainings are being offered soon for interested NAMI members who have experienced a mental health condition and who wish to be presenters to their local groups after receiving their NAMI training.
Call 845-956-6264
or email for the details


Families Helping Families:
(currently on hold due to Coronavirus)
a team of NAMI Orange volunteers that provides information and resources to the families of patients in the Behavioral Unit at Orange Regional Medical Center.

If you are a NAMI Orange member and would like to volunteer in this capacity, contact us at