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Would you be interested in becoming a NAMI Orange board member?
If so, contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email
to learn about the application process

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 Walks 2018

In 2018, four NAMI Orange participants -
Dhanu, Bonnie, Carmen & Linda 
 raised over $905 toward our affiliate's goal.

In the last year alone, NAMI NYS has provided Hope and Help to over 185,000 individuals and families through our NAMI Signature programs, NAMI support group, Ending the Silence, a mental health literacy program for students, Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement, table events, and social media.


Excerpts from NAMI-NYS Newsletter

NAMIWalks 2018- Every journey begins with that first step. Last year, more than 50 thousand people in more than 85 communities across the nation will join NAMI and walk together to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for local, regional and state NAMI organizations.

Each NAMIWalks event brings together people of all ages and fitness levels for a fun 5K walk event. Those who are unable to walk with us are welcome to register and participate as a volunteer or “virtual walker” (or click on the first link above to donate to the cause).


Dhanu at NAMI Walks

Our team captain, Dhanu Sannesy, walked the walk! 

I walked with NAMI because the work they do is very important to me. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans impacted by mental illness.

I joined NAMI in 1992. This is where my journey began as a caregiver. NAMI taught me the language of empathy & compassion and gained tremendous amount of knowledge through education, attending NAMI conferences & networking with like minded people, deeply getting involved with our community as well as the state & teaching mental health education to families & general public.

Now its my mission to help others & bring changes in our community & stop the stigma attached to mental health conditions. One of my deepest passions is CIT Crisis Intervention team. My heart goes out for people  who get into criminal justice system due to their mental health conditions leading to traumatic impact on families & individuals.  I can't say enough about it!! 

Its time for all of us to keep our minds strong & walk proudly towards recovery & hope.

I am sure all of us together can able to bring that change, a new face of MENTAL WELLNESS.



NAMI NYS is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization.

"The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), the nation's leading charity watchdog, awarded NAMI an A+ for its cost-effective charitable spending and fundraising practices."
NAMI is certified by the National BBB Better Business Bureau as meeting accountability standards.



Information for Donors
Excerpt from

Donating online is safe, fast and secure. NAMI uses VeriSign’s 128-bit SSL encryption, the strongest encryption available, which means your personal and credit card information is transmitted securely. To make a donation online, visit the link sent to you by a walker or team and click on Support Me to follow the prompts. You can also search for an individual or team via the walk home page.

Your donation will be listed along with your name and personal message unless you choose the Show my name to Walker only or Hide my name from everyone options available before processing your transaction. Please note: If you choose one of these options, your name will not appear on the walker’s webpage, but anything you write in the personal message space will appear.

Donors will receive an immediate on-screen and email confirmation of their donation. You will also receive an instant tax receipt if you provided us with an email address. Please add to your list of approved senders.

Want to send cash donations or checks? You can give them to the walker or Team Captain to turn in on Walk Day. Alternatively, you can send them to the address listed on the Walk home page, indicating which walker and team the donation is supporting.

Quick Facts:

- The option of donating anonymously prevents your name from showing up on the webpage and online searches. To further remain anonymous online, do not write your name or other identifying information in the message area as this appears on the walker's webpage. Please note: whenever a donation is made in support of a walker, they are notified of the donation and given the name of the donor so that they may thank that person. If you wish to remain anonymous – even to the walker you are supporting – then select Hide my name from everyone. If you don’t want your donation to show on the walker’s page, select Show my donation amount to Walker only.