NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

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ADVOCACY:

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 namiorangeny@warwick.net
to learn about the application process



Upcoming Events/Outreaches


Live Concert to benefit NAMI:

The
Armonia Band

Sat., August 15
6-7 pm
on Facebook
click here for details



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

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NAMI Orange Education Mtg.
Virtual Meeting  Mon., Sept. 14
7-8 pm
Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy

Click link for details

 




UPCOMING COURSES:


Youth Mental Health First Aid
virtual training
Limited capacity
is now closed out

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NAMI Family-to-Family
Virtual Course

8 weeks (Saturdays)
Sept. 5 - Oct. 24
10 am-1 pm

Register now:
Dhanu: 845-294-2749




On-going  Support Groups:


Coping Circles
offered through
NYS Office of
Mental Health


NAMI Connection

*Offered online through
NAMI Sullivan Mondays, 7 pm

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*Offered online through
NAMI
capitalregionny

Tuesdays, 5 pm

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

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

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FAMILY 
SUPPORT
GROUPS
(Virtual)

presented by NAMI Orange
Click here for details

Starting Sept. 7
7-8 pm
1st & 3rd Mondays

Register: Call Dhanu at 845-294-2749, or dhanu72@hotmail.com

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
845-359-8784





NAMI In Our
Own Voice

CANCELLED  UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE





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.


 

 

RESOURCES:

  • NAMI Orange Brochure (UPDATED)
    page 1
    page 2

  • Orange County Mental Health Resources
    Numerous services including emergency, hospitals, outpatient clinics, jail clinic, day treatment, residential, case management, vocational, special programs, peer advocacy, recreation, social clubs, etc.

  • SPOA (Orange County Single Point of Access) application form
    Obtain Care Management and/or Residential Services for adults aged 18 and over with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)

  • Orange County Children's Resources

  • HONORehg, Inc (Emergency Housing)
    FaceBook 
    845-343-7115

    38 Seward Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940

  • Catholic Charities

    The Case Management Department at Catholic Charities provides financial assistance to individuals and families that eligible.  We aid with utility bills, first month’s rent, and rental arrears. We also assist with other financial hardships, however, aid is determined on a case by case basis. Any questions, please call the number below: 
    Julie Ubinas, Orange County Regional Supervisor
    Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan & Ulster
    Julie.Ubinas@cccsos.org
    845-561-1665 x417

  • People USA
    People USA provides people living with mental health or addiction issues with the highest quality, effective peer services and behavioral health care.

    They are a peer-run nonprofit organization. This means their agency is 100% made up of people with their own lived experience with mental health or addiction issues, recovery, and moving towards wellness.

    Their mission is to educate, support, and empower people to understand, manage, and overcome behavioral health challenges.
    People USA (est. 1990 as PEOPLe Inc.) has grown from a grassroots peer advocacy and support organization to become one of the most recognized and respected behavioral health organizations in the United States.

  • Mental and Emotional Wellness Resources (MEW), a new collection at the Albert Wisner Public Library, One McFarland Drive, Warwick. 845-986-1047.

    Rosemary Cooper, Library Director, reports that they have gathered in one place (the lower level) a special collection of materials pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness - and equally important -- to strategies to promote and sustain mental and emotional wellness.  The collection will provide information, support those on the journey from diagnosis to recovery, and emphasize wellness and helpful coping strategies to meet life's challenges -- with the ultimate goal of increasing mental health awareness and reducing the stigma often associated with mental illness.

    Included are books on specific mental health disorders, inspiring and enlightening biographies and autobiographies, and fiction titles, all of which address the impact of mental illness on people's lives.  Documentary and feature films, as well as free informative pamphlets and periodicals round out the collection. Digital resources also provide a variety of resources, including links to hotlines, to local, state and national mental health organizations, to advocacy and educational resources and a sampling of the materials on mental health disorders in the book and DVD collection at the Albert Wiser Public Library.)

    Symbolized by the Green Ribbon, this collection was funded by a generous grant from The Albert Wisner Public Library Foundation and is dedicated to all who struggle with mental illness and the people who love and care for them.

  • Family Survival Handbook
    An excellent source for families-

    Included in the downloadable Family Survival Kit is a 54-page Family Survival Handbook, a collection of first-hand, practical information families spearheaded on how to work with mental health professionals, navigate the mental health system, and communicate with their loved one, as well as take care of themselves.

  • CIRCLE OF CARE: A GUIDEBOOK FOR MENTAL HEALTH CAREGIVERS
    National Alliance for Caregiving
    www.caregiving.org/circleofcare

    The Circle of Care guidebook emerged from the national study on mental health caregiving, On Pins & Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness. This study was conducted with the assistance of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America and released in February 2016. It was the first national survey of mental health caregivers conducted in the United States: it identified numerous challenges faced by these caregivers.

    Circle of Care is designed to guide unpaid friends, family, and neighbors who care for someone with a mental health condition. The fact sheets are intended to assist these caregivers with finding help for the specific challenges identified in the On Pins & Needles study.

    As the National Alliance for Caregiving continues to work to support caregivers, they welcome your feedback and ideas on this work and others. It is their mission to advance family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy so that families across the spectrum of health and long-term care can have an improved quality of life.

    National Alliance for Caregiving
    www.caregiving.org
    info@caregiving.org
    301-718-8444

  • NYS Health Care Proxy 
    People with mental health conditions and those who are involved in their care (family, friends, healthcare providers, etc.) should work together to promote the increased use of this powerful instrument. The Proxy Law covers decisions to consent or refuse to consent to any treatment, service or procedure to diagnose or treat an individual's physical or mental condition. (Excerpt from 
      • OnTrackNY is an innovative treatment program for adolescents and young adults (ages 16-30) who have had unusual thoughts and behaviors, or who have started hearing or seeing things that others don’t. OnTrackNY helps people achieve their goals for school, work, and relationships.

      • ok2talk.org

        Teens and young adults who live with mental illness can feel hopeless and alone. Many don’t know what’s wrong with them but feel like it’s their fault. Those who understand what is happening fear they can’t be helped. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, it’s often hard for those suffering and their families and friends to talk about what they’re going through. But help is available, and it works.

        The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. OK2TALK hopes this is the first step towards getting help and feeling better.

              *NAMI is one of the founding partners of OK2TALK.

      • You Are Not Alone (YANA)
        another NAMI website that is for folks who would like to tell their story to help inspire hope and break down stigma

      • Understanding Bipolar Disorder for the Young Adult
        Then click the Download button

      • Understanding Bipolar Disorder for the Caregiver
        Then click the Download button

      • NAMI Videos on YouTube 

      • NAMI Blogs 
        are excellent resources for people who are interested in mental health. NAMI features stories of recovery and hope, ways to end stigma, the latest research topics and strategies for living well. Exciting new content is added every month. The most popular blogs are consolidated into the NAMINow digital newsletter and emailed to registered member users on the last Wednesday of each month. Be sure to first register on the NAMI.org website and then subscribe to NAMINow. 


      • Mental Health Related Articles and Videos from Around the Nation compiled August, 2020 by NAMI Greater Des Moines an incredible listing of links to current articles/videos

      • NAMI: Ask the Expert 
        Archived sessions on many interesting topics including use of Ketamine for Depression, DBT, Opioids, Bipolar Disorder, Understanding Self-Harm

      • PsychCentral Mental Health Disorders
        Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health online resource. Since 1995, their award-winning website has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 250 support groups to individuals struggling with a problem in their lives.

        Psych Central is family owned & operated by Dr. John Grohol. This resource is inspired by the loss of John’s childhood best friend due to suicide and his search for meaning after this loss.

      • Anosognosia 
        when a person does not acknowledge his/her mental health condition. Click above link to go to NAMI website and then click on link I am not Sick, I Don't Need Help
      • NAMI recommended BOOKS/DVDs/Downloadable Materials


      • SAMHSA "Store"  
        Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 
        An incredible resource for free downloadable materials (a few shipped items might incur a shipping charge). Check out the various clickable tabs or just enter your particular interest in the search bar. 
            • Behavioral Health News
              Behavioral Health News publishes a quarterly mental health newspaper available for viewing on-line as well as providing access to many years of back issues.

            • NYS Office of Mental Health
              Many links including for mental health sites and OMH publications

            • Informational Pamphlets/Brochures
              Many topics may be downloaded at NAMI-NYS

            • NYS Telephone Numbers
              Knowing who to call for help is often half the battle when a mental illness impacts your family.

            • Familywize.org
              Familywize partners with nearly all pharmacies nationwide to negotiate prescription discounts, so you receive a lower price. FamilyWize understands you're looking to reduce the cost of your prescription medications, and their goal is to help you do that. The pharmacy discount card is for everyone nationwide, whether or not you have health insurance coverage.

            • Medicine Assistance Tool 
              PhRMA’s Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT) is a search engine designed to help patients, caregivers and health care providers learn more about the resources available through the various biopharmaceutical industry programs. MAT is not its own patient assistance program, but rather a search engine for many of the patient assistance resources that the biopharmaceutical industry offers.

            • Walmart$4
              Discounted medication prices on select drugs ($4 for 30 day supply and $10 for 90 day supply. Click link and check the category of medications to see if your medication is on their list)

             

            • paritytrack.org 
              ParityTrack is a national non-profit organization founded and led by the Honorable Patrick Kennedy, the lead sponsor of the Federal Parity Law, in January 2014. The website tracks parity legislative, regulatory, and legal activities in all 50 states and at the federal level to monitor implementation throughout the country.
            • NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
              161 Delaware Avenue
              Delmar, New York 12054
              1-518-549-0200
              Information & Referral: 1-800-624-4143

            • PAIMI (Protection & Advocacy for People with Mental Illness) 
              Disability Rights New York (DRNY) provides services through the PAIMI program placing a priority on serving persons with serious mental illness who live in facilities that provide care and treatment, however they also serve those who live in the community.  518-432-7861

            • Social Security Matters Blog  
              Social Security is proud to introduce its newborn blog! We’re calling our new bundle of joy Social Security Matters, because this is where we’ll discuss the information that matters to you about our programs and benefit

            • Munchausen by Proxy or Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (FDIA)  
              FDIA is the DSM-5 psychiatric disorder that describes individuals who persistently falsify illness in another even when there is little or nothing tangible for them to gain from the behavior. It is a compulsive behavior associated with a high degree of denial, akin to that of substance abuse behavior or an eating disorder. Factitious is from a Latin term which means "artificial". 
              This link takes you to the web site of Cleveland Clinic for a description of FDIA, including symptoms and treatment.

            • NAMI Statement on Mass Shootings

             


                NAMI Orange PROGRAMS/MEETINGS/SUPPORT GROUPS:
                               Refer to Meetings/Support Groups

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                Surrounding NAMI Affiliates

                                                               NAMI Sussex-NJ events
                Click link to go to NAMI Sussex events page which describes events that might be close enough for Orange County residents to attend. View their monthly newsletters where you can request to be placed on their newsletter  email list.  Sample: FEBRUARY, 2020 Newsletter

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                NAMI Rockland

                NAMI Sullivan

                NAMI Mid-Hudson

                NAMI Westchester

                NAMI Putnam

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                Listing of all NAMI Affiliates

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                Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.
                has many support groups also offered through ZOOM



                VETERANS/MILITARY RESOURCES:



                CRIMINAL/CIVIL JUSTICE/CIT RESOURCES

                AND PERSONAL ADVOCACY:



                POLICE MENTAL HEALTH:



                GUN VIOLENCE, including how to talk with children


                CHILDREN/ADOLESCENTS RESOURCES:



                COLLEGE STUDENTS:



                DISCUSSION GROUPS:



                SELF HARM: 



                MENTAL HEALTH MEDICATIONS:
                 



                MULTICULTURAL RESOURCES:



                EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES:



                GAMBLING DISORDER RESOURCES:


                REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE:


                 

                SCRUPULOSITY OCD: 



                SPIRITUALITY:



                STIGMA:



                SUBSTANCE USE:



                SUICIDE
                RESOURCES:

                    offered classes are as a free 12 session course that is taught to families and/or caregivers of persons with serious mental illness by trained family members.  The weekly classes cover all aspects of mental illnesses, symptoms, medications, biology of the brain, 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 registration is required. Call NAMI-AMICO at (845) 956-6264 or Peggy at (845) 342-2400 x238 for more information.