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Not losing MH beds to Coronavirus

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


Virtual NAMI Orange Education Meeting

Mon., Oct 5
7-8:30 pm

Armonia Band

"Music is Therapy"

Click above for details


Join "Team Up for Hope", NAMI Orange & NAMI Sussex

Register for any or all of 4 webinars held everyThursday in October at 7 pm

View the details of each webinar regarding mental health issues, substance use, suicide 


NAMI Basics
Virtual Course

6 Sundays, starting Oct. 11, 1:30-4 pm

Register now

Click here for details

NAMI Homefront

Register now for
6 virtual classes
in Oct/Nov
Be sure to observe the time zone

Virtual NAMI 

Jan. 2-Feb. 20, 10 am-1 pm
8 consecutive Saturdays

On-going  Support Groups:

NAMI Connection

*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
7-8 pm

Register: Call Dhanu at 845-294-2749, or

with name, address, 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
Thurs., 3-4 pm

NAMI-NYS Education Conference

Oct. 23 & 24

Own Voice


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

-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:

(scroll down for details)

Zoom Family Support Group, 7-8 pm
(1st & 3rd Mondays)

Monday, October 5, Zoom Education Meeting, 7-8:30 pm

NAMI Basics as Zoom: 6 consecutive Sundays,
starting October 11 from 1:30-4 pm

4 Zoom Webinars, every Thursday in October at 7 pm
"Break the Stigma-End the Silence"
sponsored by Team Up for Hope, NAMI Orange & NAMI Sussex
(see details below)

NAMI Homefront online starting in October, see below

Oct. 23 & 24 Virtual NAMI-NYS Education Conference

Family-to-Family virtual course, starting Sat. Jan. 2
for 8 consequtive Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm

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8 wk. virtual course (Saturdays only) starting Sat., Jan 2 thru Sat., Feb. 20, 10 am - 1 pm

To register for the next course, call Dhanu: 845-294-2749  or email 
with your name, address, telephone # and email address


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. 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.

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Mon., Oct. 5, NAMI Orange
Virtual Education Meeting, 7-8:30 pm

             In Celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week,

             we have a very special musical event planned 


“Music is Therapy.  Music moves People.   It connects people in ways 
  that no other medium can.   It pulls heart strings. 

It acts as medicine.”  ----Macklemore, singer

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Please join us October 5th, at 7 - 8:30 p.m. for a virtual musical celebration, with The Armonia Band.

Here is the ZOOM link to join us that evening.

Meeting ID: 879 0345 6457

Passcode: 492898

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Meeting ID: 879 0345 6457

Passcode: 492898

Find your local number:

You do NOT have to register in advance. 


The Armonia band is a hometown band with the motto, Peace, Love and Giveback whenever you can! 

Let's meet the band!                             

Vocalist, Anamaria Angel is a singer/songwriter from small town Rockaway, NJ. Anamaria has been performing since the age of 7 and loves sharing her music and connecting with others while inspiring and encouraging others to spread a positive message of peace and love for all.

Guitarist, Danielle Lovelace plays a Gibson Les Paul standard.  Danielle creates magical sounds with her guitar unlike any other. Truly a sound to behold. 

Guitarist, Elizabeth Lovelace plays a beautiful Fender Stratocaster. Elizabeth will take you on a melodic journey with her solos unlike any you have ever heard.

Drummer, Rich Amato. Rich has been playing drums for over 40 years and has created such an incredible style.

Bassist, Tom Lovelace. Tom plays a tricked out Fender Jazz Bass. Always in the pocket and keeping the groove fun and interesting.


We look forward to “seeing” you there!


4 Webinars in October

4 Webinars in October

Join "Team Up for Hope", NAMI Orange & NAMI Sussex for any one or all 4 ZOOM Webinars listed above. We are working together to bring you informational webinars on Mental Health and Substance Use.

*Register for them by clicking the links listed below:

*Thursday, October 8: Webinar at 7 pm 

*Thursday, October 15: Webinar at 7 pm

*Thursday, October 22: Webinar at 7 pm

*Thursday, October 29: Webinar at 7 pm

Visit Team Up for Hope's website for more information.

*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.



  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.

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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 7-8 pm,

In order to register for the Zoom session, you must contact Dhanu 845-294-2749 or
with your name, address and telephone #



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


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This course is taught in 3 different ways:

  • Virtual course for 6 consecutive Sundays starting October 11, from 1:30-4 pm

    Register now by calling Dhanu
    845-279-2749, or email with your name, email, telephone # and address

  • 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.

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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

Register now

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.

Registration For NAMI Homefront Online Classes Is Now Open!
Note: You may register for any of the below classes that fit your schedule. You are not limited to your own time zone.

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)

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
Phone: 703-524-7600

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



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