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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

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

Tues., Nov. 5,
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Family Support Group
First Presbyterian Church in Goshen

Mon., Nov. 25

6:30-8:30 p.m.
NAMI Orange
Annual Meeting

including vote for Board of Directors by the membership

RSVP Requested

Mon., Dec. 2

Holiday Party for members and their families; and
invited guests

 NAMI Presentations:

  -Ending the Silence

-In Our Own Voice

arranged by request

*Click on above
 links for details





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.

    National Alliance for Caregiving

    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

  • 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.

        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.

      • NAMI Videos on YouTube

      • 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

      • 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 website and then subscribe to NAMINow. You may also subscribe to several other newsletters:
        CIT in Action, E-News and Statehouse Spotlight
        For details how to subscribe, click here

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

      • PsychCentral Podcast (NEW Listing)
      • 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"   (NEW Listing)
        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 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.

            • Partnership for Prescription Assistance
              The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines by matching them with the right assistance programs. Many will get their medications free or nearly free.
            • Treatment Advocacy Center
              The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating legal and other barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness. The organization promotes laws, policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

              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.

            • Mental Illness Policy   
              Website (founder DJ Jaffe) has multiple links covering many subjects on medical and legal issues including:
              • Criminal Justice
              • Family Perspectives
              • Consumer Perspectives
              • Coping Tips
              • Best Books
              • Myths,Opposition and Impediments to Reform
              • National  and State Legal Issues
              • Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)
              • Timeless Editorials and Op-Ed
            • NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
              161 Delaware Avenue
              Delmar, New York 12054
              Information & Referral: 1-800-624-4143
            • 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.

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                    SCRUPULOSITY OCD: (NEW Listing)



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                        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.