NAMI Orange education meetings are for families, people with a mental illness, providers, students, or anyone concerned with mental illness. 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.
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) recently announced the implementation of “Coping Circles”, a first-in-the-nation program facilitated by the NYS Office of Mental Health to provide free six-week support and resilience group therapy sessions, held by video or phone and facilitated by licensed mental health professionals.
OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan said, “There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has made life more difficult. Coping Circles will help us ensure that New Yorkers who are struggling at this difficult time can receive the support and assistance they need. I am deeply grateful to all the Mental Health professionals who have answered Governor Cuomo’s call to help provide free services to New Yorkers seeking help.”
New Yorkers interested in joining Coping Circles, and mental health practitioners interested in becoming facilitators, can register at NY.Gov/CopingCircles. Coping Circles is available to all New Yorkers, ages 18 and older, in a range of languages and at various times during the day. Specialized Circles will be available for healthcare workers and first responders, survivors of COVID-19 infection, those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19, and those who have experienced job loss due to COVID-19. Coping Circles will be available between June 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020.
In-person group therapy sessions are simply not possible in the midst of a pandemic. Coping Circles will provide home-based support and resilience tele-group sessions to help people who are feeling overwhelmed by the pandemic and want to discuss and share their feelings.
During the early days of the pandemic, Governor Cuomo asked medical and mental health professionals to volunteer to serve New Yorkers in need. More than 14,000 mental health professional volunteers responded. This group was surveyed to find volunteers who are properly licensed to provide independent professional mental health services in NYS, familiar with tele-services, and willing to provide services free-of-charge.
To date, more than 750 professionals have met the standards and have indicated interest in taking full responsibility for one or more Circles (6 weeks of 60-minute groups) free of charge, resulting in 1,200 possible Circles.
New Yorkers interested in participating in Coping Circles can access a website hosted by OMH on the secure and HIPAA-compliant Redcap server. Prospective participants will be asked to identify:
Their preference for a video or phone group,
Their preferred language;
Their availability, and
Whether they qualify for one of the specialized Coping Circles, which will be opened if enough participants indicate interest: Healthcare Worker or First Responder, Job Loss due to COVID-19, Survivor of COVID-19 Infection, Loss of a Loved One to COVID-19.
Once six individuals have signed up for a particular Coping Circle, OMH will forward their contact information to a facilitator. Facilitators will participate in a short Coping Circles Orientation webinar designed by experts from the Office of Mental Health and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. The webinar will include an overview of the psychological fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, goals of Coping Circles, principles of support and resilience, psychoeducation, safety, and cultural sensitivity.
Matthew Canuteson, MA
Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Director, Bureau of Cultural Competence
New York State Office of Mental Health
44 Holland Ave 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12229
*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 namicapitalregionny.org)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. It is free of charge with no registration.
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.
*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.
TWO MEETING SITES:
MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
1st TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 6:30-8:30 p.m.at 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 email@example.com
*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.
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Contact NAMI Rockland to receive access information for joining the call. Call 845-359-8784 or EMAIL
This course is taught in 2 different ways:
In-Person and OnDemand:
The in-person course is taught by a trained team with lived experience raising a child with a mental health condition. They know what you’re going through because they've been there too. When available locally, it is taught in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face. The group setting of NAMI Basics provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You also can help others with your own experience. Call Dhanu 845-294-2749 to get on waiting list for next available course, or consider looking into the OnDemand program.
The OnDemand program is also guided by parents and family members with lived experience but is self-paced and available 24/7. OnDemand offers the flexibility of participating in the course on your schedule. The Connect and Share option in NAMI Basics OnDemand offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to share stories, support and interact with each other in an online setting. (Learn more and watch video) (Registration Link)
Both 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
F2F EDUCATION COURSE:
Details of next scheduled course
will be posted as soon as it is scheduled,
but it will be an 8 week course,
starting in September in Goshen.
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.
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
Daniel V. Schiavo, MS, CTRS
For Questions or Additional Information, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org /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.
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: Actonfaith@optimum.net
Excerpts from nami.org
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 page
Eastern Evening: August 3 – September 14 (Skip 9/7)
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm EST (5:30pm CST, 4:30pm MST, 3:30pm PST)
Eastern Daytime: August 4 – September 8
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST (9:00am CST, 8:00am MST, 7:00am PST)
Pacific Evening: August 4 – September 8
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30 pm PST (7:30pm MST, 8:30 pm CST, 9:30 pm EST)
Central Evening: August 5 – September 9
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm CST (5:30pm MST, 4:30pm PST, 7:30pm EST)
*Please note the TIME ZONE listed for each class time
NAMI Homefront is offered online! NAMI understands that attending an in-person class can be difficult for busy individuals and families. They now offer NAMI Homefront Online. Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes.
As we receive updated information, we will post when the next registration period will open:
Learn more about the on-line NAMI Homefront 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. 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.
The NAMI Homefront Team
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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for information or to schedule a presentation at a convenient site.
NoC are student-led, student-run mental health organizations for college campuses
-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 Cassandra@naminys.org.
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.
or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com