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Upcoming Events/Outreaches

See details
of upcoming NAMI
meetings and courses by clicking links below:


Starting Wed Oct. 9, 6:30-9 p.m.
for six  Wednesdays through Nov. 20
(no class Nov 13)
Call Dhanu now to pre-register
Click link for details.


in Newburgh on Saturdays for 6 weeks, starting
Sat., Jan. 4,
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
(O'Connor Hall)
145 Benkard Ave.,
Newburgh, NY 12550

Pre-register now
Call Dhanu
845-294-2749, or
office 845-956-6264


On-going  Meetings:

NAMI Connection
a peer-led support group for adults living with a
mental illness.
No fee, no registeration
PLEASE NOTE: these Orange County meetings are on a temporary hold. We will post here when the weekly meetings will resume.

Check out NAMI Connection in Sullivan County

Tues., Oct. 1,
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Family Support Group
First Presbyterian Church in Goshen

Mon, Oct. 7
6:30-8:30 p.m.
NAMI Orange Education Meeting &
Candle Light Vigil

Topic: Panel of Families Telling Their Stories

RSVP Requested

Mon., Oct. 21
7 p.m. p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group
ORMC, Middletown

no fee
no registration

Educational Conference

October 25-27
at the
Albany Marriott

 NAMI Presentations:

  -Ending the Silence

-In Our Own Voice

arranged by request

*Click on above
 links for details


NAMI Orange & MHA Meetings/Support Groups

and NAMI Courses offered:

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.

               CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
             as presented by NAMI Orange and
  Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.

                   MONDAY, October 7, 6:15-8:30 p.m.
           (one week earlier because of Columbus Day Holiday)

                     Orange County Dept. of Mental Health
                         30 Harriman Drive, Goshen 10924


                           Family Discussion Panel:
           Sharing Their Own Personal Stories


We request RSVP by emailing
or leaving message at NAMI Orange office
at 845-956-6264

Plan to come early to have coffee, tea or hot chocolate and view our lending library, borrow books and/or offer suggestions for new acquisitions through our librarian Sheila.

  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.

church map

Location when meetings resume: The First Presbyterian Church,
33 Park Place, Goshen 10924





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 down the stairs on your left to reach the meeting room.



                             NAMI Sullivan County, NY

    NAMI Connection: a Free, Confidential Peer-led Recovery
  Support Group for Adults
Living with a Mental Health Condition

                1st and 3rd Monday of each month, 2-3:30 p.m.

                Stepping Stones, 20 Crystal St., Monticello, NY

                              Information: 845-794-1029

Led by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves; designed to connect, encourage and support participants using a structured support group model.

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.


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.  Please note the new day and time.

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

For further information call NAMI Orange at 845-294-2749,
or email

Next meeting dates:

  •   TUESDAY, October 1 at 6:30 p.m.
    (1st TUESDAY of the month at First Presbyterian Church, Goshen)
  •  Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m.
    (3rd MONDAY of the month in Middletown ORMC)
    Conference Room #7

          Sullivan County NAMI affiliate would like to invite
                         anyone interested to join us at our:

  "Sharing and Caring" Family Support Group
                  fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.

            Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis 
                               Atrium Conference Room
                 at the back of the Cafeteria, on the 1st Floor

                        For information, call 845-794-1029.


Upcoming NAMI trainings are being offered soon for interested NAMI members who have a loved one with a mental health condition and who wish to be facilitators of a Family Support Group in the Newburgh area after receiving their training. Contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email for the details


NAMI Basics Logo

Starting Wednesday, October  9, 6:30-9 p.m.
for six Wednesdays through November 20
(*no class on Wed., Nov. 13 since our Education Meeting
had to be changed to that date)

Location: First Presbyterian Church
33 Park Place    
     Goshen, NY 10924 

*Call Dhanu at 845-294-2749 to register now 
since class size is limited.
or email

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week (one day per week) education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.

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 course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you're going through because they've been there. 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. 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.

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


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 You may call now to pre-register
for Newburgh course which starts
Saturday, January 4th for 6 weeks, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

St. Francis of Assisi Church (O'Connor Hall)
145 Benkard Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550


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 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

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

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM
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.

Next meeting date: 
Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m.

(3rd Thursday of the month)

MHA Family & Friends Plus Social Group

Family Support, a program of Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. (MHA) is proud to announce a new social group for families and their adult loved ones experiencing mental and/or emotional disabilities. The newly created group is an extension to the monthly Family and Friends Together Support Group for families of adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

The new social group is intended for people to relax, meet and make new friends while enjoying each other’s company in an informal and fun setting. Each gathering  will have a specific agreed upon topic of interest, such as music or martial arts.

The newly created group is usually scheduled to meet on the last Wednesday of the month at Mental Health Association, 73 James P. Kelly Way, Middletown, NY 10940. For information, call Peggy at 845-342-2400, Ext: 1238. (In May, it will be on May 22 because of the holiday the last week of May)

Next Meeting Date: Wed., September 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
RSVP: call Peggy at 845-342-2400 x1238
*People are encouraged to bring
their own instruments, or favorite music to share.
Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

NAMI FaithNet logo

FaithNet Schedule will be posted here as future meetings are scheduled

No cost/No Registration Fee
Any questions, call Edie at 845-283-5237,
or email:


Excerpts from
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 is pleased to announce that REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the following sessions*:
 Eastern Daytime, Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET, Starting Oct.17
 Eastern Evening, Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM ET, Starting Oct.17
 Pacific Evening, Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM PT, Starting Oct. 17
 Central Evening, Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM CT, Starting Oct.16
 *Please note the TIME ZONE listed for each class time

Register now for the 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
Phone: 703-524-7600



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


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 middle schools and/or high schools after receiving their NAMI training. Contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
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.


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.
Contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email for the details


(NAMI Orange is providing this announcement
at the request of one of our members)

Emotions Anonymous

Emotions Anonymous is a support group program based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Support groups are volunteer-led, weekly meetings that follow a specific format and use materials that have been approved by the Board of Trustees of the organization. EA is not a religious or health-care organization. The International Service Center, with an office in St. Paul, Minn., manages information about the groups, keeps the website, publishes and sells the materials, and generally works to provide information and understanding about the EA program of recovery.

Every Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Temple Sinai, 75 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940

(near the YMCA)

Contacts:    Brent 914-443-1173,    Doug 973-214-0343

* Suggested donation of $1.00 to defray rental cost

Families Helping Families: 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