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



ZOOM WEBINAR:

Join "Team Up for Hope", NAMI Orange & NAMI Sussex

Register for the Webinar held October 29 at 7 pm

View the details regarding mental health issues, substance use, suicide 



 NAMI Orange Virtual Education Meeting

*Open to the Public

Monday, November 9
7-8 pm

Darcie Miller:

Impact of Corpnavirus on Mental Health & Substance Use Challenges

Click above for details




UPCOMING COURSES:


Virtual NAMI Family & Friends
Tues, Nov. 17
7-8:30 pm
or
Sat., Nov. 21
10-11:30 am


NAMI Homefront

Register now for
6 virtual classes
in Oct/Nov
Be sure to observe the time zone


Virtual NAMI 
Family-to-Family

Jan. 2-Feb. 20, 10 am-1 pm
8 consecutive Saturdays




On-going  Support Groups:


NAMI Connection*Offered online through
NAMI Orange
starting 1st & 3rd Thursdays in November
Nov. 5 & 19,
7-8:30 pm

Email to register at 
namiorangeny@warwick.net

       

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*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

1st & 3rd Mondays
6:30-8 pm

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

with name, 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
Thursdays: 3-4 pm
845-359-8784
 
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Virtual Support meetings for Parents of Children, Teens and Young Adults
Thursdays: 6-7 pm

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Virtual Self-Injury Learning Collaborative 
Thursdays: 4 pm
through
Mental Health Empowerment Project




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.


You Are Not Alone

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

excerpts from NAMI.org

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

Every year thousands of individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. NAMI is here to help.

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 Suicide Prevention logo


Crisis Textline: Text NAMI to 741741


“If you are looking for a sign not to kill yourself, this is it.” – Unknown

If you are looking for a sign to stay alive, consider the above quote your sign. Whether you know it or not, the world needs your talents and unique inner gifts. You have the opportunity to make some sort of positive difference in this world.  If you were looking for a sign from God, the Universe, or an Angel to continue living, consider this your sign.  Sometimes a simple sign letting you know that someone cares and wants you to keep living is all that you need.
quoted from mentalhealthdaily


September 2015 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - See more at: http://www.nami.org/suicideawarenessmonth/hp#sthash.dI91utuv.dpuf

September 2015 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - See more at: http://www.nami.org/suicideawarenessmonth/hp#sthash.dI91utuv.dpuf


9-8-8 Bill Passes Congress!

On Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 NAMI celebrated the passage of S. 2661: the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020. The bill establishes the plan to implement a universal three-digit number, 9-8-8, for mental health crises and suicide prevention. This number has the potential to save lives when every second counts.

The bill will now head to the President to be signed into law. The Federal Communications Commission has stated that this will become operational by July 2022.


Call to inquire about updated information

Suicide Support Group


  • The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people ages 13-24
    24 hour confidential suicide hotline  1-866-488-7386, or
    On-line Chat and confidential text messaging - text "Trevor" to 1-202-304-1200

     

  • AFSP- Hudson Valley

     

  • Orange County Suicide Prevention and Awareness

  • The JED Foundation
    JED is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

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Orange County Friends Help Friends Suicide Prevention and Awareness Smartphone App for android and iOS:

 

 

  • iOS Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/
    orange-county-ny-friend-help/id951897384?mt=8


    The Friends Help Friends smart-phone app provides information, tools, and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Download the app today and encourage friends and family to do the same. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone. You could help save a life!
    The Friends Help Friends app contains the following information most of which has been extracted from various national suicide prevention resources:
  • Know the Signs
  • How to Help
  • Prevention Resources and Gatekeeper Training
  • Stats and Facts     
  • A video introduction from the Orange County Executive, Stephen Neuhaus
  • En Español

Remember if this is an emergency situation call 911!


If you would like to talk to a trained counselor or need help with connecting to local resources call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK or The Orange County Helpline 1-800-832-1200.

 

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  • Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide
    NAMI developed this 33 page downloadable guide to support people experiencing a mental health crisis and their loved ones. The guide addresses all aspects of what to expect during a crisis and suggestions for how to respond. The guide has five supplemental tip sheets.

  • Now Matters Now
    Strategies to survive; also includes videos on mindfulness, paced breathing & abdominal breathing (impacting vagal nerve to reduce anxiety)
  • The Kevin Hines Story  (YouTube video)
    Kevin, who was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when he was 17, is one of only 34 survivors who attempted suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge. Hear his amazing story. Kevin authored the book, "Cracked, Not Broken"
  • The Bridge Between Suicide and Life TED Conference Video
    "For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide."

  • NAMI-NYS
    Suicide prevention, warning signs, risk factors

 

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The suicide of a loved one can have a profound and sometimes devastating impact on those left behind. The bereaved after suicide may encounter high levels of disorientation, guilt, regret, anger, and trauma. These grieving individuals, called "survivors", often struggle with the social stigma of suicide and may also be at risk for higher rates of complicated grief and future suicide ideation or attempts. Surviving the suicide of a loved one is therefore a life-changing experience that requires specialized support.

  • Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
    Contact: AnnMarie D'Aliso  845-325-6448
    2nd Tuesday of month at 7 p.m.
    First Presbyterian Church of Chester
    94-96 Main Street,
    Chester, NY
    Ann Marie is a board member of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and lost her son Patrick to suicide in 2004 when he was 16.

 

  • *Teens & Young Adults Suvivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
    *(Ages 16-25; Under 18 - please have permission of Parent or Guardian)
      Date: 1st Sunday of the month, 3-5 p.m.
      Location: Love Life Tattoo & Art Studio,10 South Street, Warwick
      Guided by facilitator Judy Battista  914-489-7402; 845-987-4207
      Email: survivoroutreach@ymail.com
    Judy is a trained facilitator of Teen & Young Adult Support groups; mother of    three, Board member, Outreach Coordinator and advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Hudson Valley NY Chapter; and area Cultural Artist. Judy lost her son Daniel 6 years ago.
    Host: Matthew Leahy - Artist and co-owner/proprietor of Love Life Tattoo & Art Studio; Matthew lost his brother Doug three years ago.

  • Survivor of Suicide Loss Outreach Program developed by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to send specially-trained volunteers who are survivors themselves to visit with those who are recently bereaved. Visits are made upon request only.  For more information call Hudson Valley Coordinator, Judy Battista: 914-489-7402, survivoroutreach@ymail.com

  • If you've lost someone to Suicide, you are not alone. NAMI Sullivan County, NY offers Suicide Bereavement Groups the first Wednesday evening of each month -- from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, a SAFE place to share.  For information, phone (845) 794-1029.

  • Survivors Resources:
    Since its inception, Survivor Resources has served thousands of clients in the Minneapolis area. It has continued to be dedicated to helping families not only affected by homicide, but other violent, unexpected death incidents including accidental overdose and suicide.
    While the support group information is local to Minneapolis, this website still has good articles by clicking on the "knowledge" tab.