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 3 digit Crisis Hotline for Suicide Prevention


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



Upcoming Events/Outreaches



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




UPCOMING COURSES:


Family
to
Family

in Newburgh on Saturdays for 5 weeks, starting
Sat., Jan. 11,
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
(O'Connor Hall)
145 Benkard Ave.,
Newburgh, NY 12550

Only 2 slots left!

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




There are no Education Meetings in Dec., Jan., or Feb.



Mon., Dec. 16
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group
ORMC, Middletown
no fee
no registration

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Tues., Jan. 7
6:30 p.m.
NAMI Family
Support Group

First Presbyterian Church in Goshen





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.

 


Stigma


Hudson Valley Mental Health Toolkit Kickoff

Article from the Poughkeepsie Journal
John Ferro: 845-437-4816, jferro@poughkeepsiejournal.com,
Twitter: @PoJoEnviro

Group begins effort
to wipe away mental health stigma

Anil Sannesy


In quiet but confident tones, Anil Sannesy spoke of the stigma associated with mental health illness.

Sannesy, a 35-year-old Middletown resident, has battled with mental illness and now serves as a volunteer with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

"When you are young, you don’t recognize the stigma," he said. "In the very beginning, it starts off as negative attention. And later on you feel degraded and it kind of weighs down on you."

A local group is launching an effort to change that. The first of several meetings in the Hudson Valley and the Southern Tier were held Thursday (December 15) to develop guidelines, tips and other resources for health professionals, law enforcement, school officials and others.

HealthlinkNY, a state-funded nonprofit, is seeking to wipe away the shame and fear that too often shroud the suffering and impede recovery.

"If you have a friend or family member who is diagnosed with cancer, the outpouring of support that the community gives is just incredible," said Phillip Ginter, the group's director of community initiatives. "When you hear someone has depression from an anxiety disorder, you don't get that same kind of response."

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all ages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the second-leading cause among people between 15 and 34 years old.

Dutchess County has the second-highest suicide rate in HealthlinkNY's seven-county Hudson Valley region with 10.1 self-inflicted deaths per 100,000 people. In Sullivan County, the number is 18.2 per 100,000.

The mid-Hudson region's rate is 8.1, slightly below the statewide rate of 8.2.

Three of the five Southern Tier counties that the group represents exceed the state rate — Delaware County (18.6 per 100,000), Broome (11.8) and Tompkins (10.7) leading the way.

Life expectancy for patients diagnosed with severe mental illness, Ginter said, is reduced by as much as 25 years.

Often, the most significant barrier to getting mental health services, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, is the notion that the stigma is external.

"The stigma," Molinaro said, "is us. We as individuals need to look internally and accept that behavioral health is the same as physical health and community health."

In the coming months, HealthlinkNY will convene meetings and develop an "anti-stigma toolkit." The toolkit's content will depend on the input the group receives.

Ginter said he expects the project to be completed within 12 months.

HOW TO HELP

Individuals and organizations wishing to take part in the development of the anti-stigma toolkit can contact HealthlinkNY's Hudson Valley Program Manager, Victoria Reid, vreid@healthlinkny.com or 845-896-4726. Those in the Southern Tier can contact Southern Tier Program Manager Jessica Krohn at jkrohn@healthlinkny.com or 844-840-0050.

Web site:   http://www.healthlinkny.com/

FaceBook:  http://www.facebook.com/HealthlinkNY


Understanding What Causes Stigma

NAMI Blog