NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

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ADVOCACY:


Would you be interested in becoming a NAMI Orange board member?
If so, contact our office at 845-956-6264
or email info@namiorangeny.org

to learn about the application process



Upcoming Events/Outreaches



*When registering, please indicate which course, meeting or support group you are requesting



Zoom
NAMI Orange 
Education Mtg.
Click here

Mon., April 12,
7 pm

Topic: Seeking Self-Help Safely
(avoiding scams) and also handling the grief of losing a loved one

We welcome our very special guest speaker Ginnie Brown who lost her daughter 11 years ago when she attended a retreat in Arizona and died in a sweat lodge



To celebrate May Mental Health Awareness Month:

"Extra Innings"
2 hour movie
through Zoom
with Q&A

Click here
to view details





UPCOMING COURSES:

 



Zoom
NAMI Family & Friends

Sat., May 22,
4-6 pm

Click above for details


Zoom NAMI 
Family-to-Family

Sat., Sept 11-Oct. 30
8 consecutive Saturdays
10 am-1 pm

 




On-going  Support Groups:


NAMI Connection
Offered online through
NAMI Orange  1st & 3rd Thursdays 
7-8:30 pm

Email to register at 
info@namiorangeny.org

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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NAMI
 FAMILY 

SUPPORT
GROUP
(Virtual)

presented by NAMI Orange
Click here for details

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

Register by  emailing 
info@namiorangeny.org

o
r call our office
845-956-6264

with name, phone # and email




NAMI National Conference

June 30-July 3, 2021





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

Click above link for possible ETS ZOOM presentations


-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.


 

Veterans/Military


NAMI Westchester Presents
Owning Your Struggle: 
Accepting PTSD & Living Your Life


On April 21, at 7 pm, NAMI Westchester is holding a Mental Health Awareness Speakers Forum on Owning Your Struggle: Accepting PTSD & Living Your Life featuring Dr. Seth Kastle, Director of Military Program Innovation, Assistant Professor at Fort Hays State University, and author.

Dr. Kastle is a retired U.S. Army First Sergeant who during his 16 year career served two combat tours in the Middle East in both Afghanistan and Iraq. His many military honors include the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq, in addition to having his uniform permanently displayed in the 95th Infantry Division Museum in Fort Sill, OK.

The goal of this forum is to raise awareness on mental health symptoms, conditions, and treatment and encourage Service Persons, Veterans & their Families to get the care and support they have earned through their service. Mental health challenges can cause changes in thinking, feelings, behavior, and physical activity, but it can also be difficult to tell if you or your loved ones have a mental illness. The important thing to remember is that you’re not alone.

Register here


  • Veterans Crisis Line Website:
    The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.


    Veterans' Mental Health Bill


    NAMI Homefront

    NAMI Homefront is offered periodically online through NAMI and soon to also be offered through Zoom with NAMI Orange! Details will follow.

    Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes.

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    NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress,civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions.

    The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/Veteran. The class is free but you are expected to attend all six sessions. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. To hear audio, you will need to call in via telephone. It is recommend you use a headset or headphones.

    An application process is required to ensure this program is a good fit. Space is limited.

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    NAMI Homefront Content of 6 Classes and Resources:

    Class 1: Intro to Family Education
    Class 2: Biology of Mental Illness & Getting a Diagnosis
    Class 3: Understanding Trauma, Overview of the Diagnoses and Treatment
    Class 4: Treatment Services and Crisis Management
    Class 5: Crisis Preparation and Communication Skills
    Class 6: Family Roles, Recovery and Self-Care

     


    •  vet2vet program is a  Peer Networking group led by veterans, for veterans and members of the Armed Services offered through Orange County's Mental Health Association. 
      Vet2Vet participation is free, anonymous and confidential. The networking meetings provide an opportunity to discuss challenges facing today's Veterans including post- traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, addiction, employment or academic issues.

           Vet2Vet - While the way of doing business has changed, MHA is still open and
    assisting veterans. Vet2Vet provides members with the opportunity to network with
    one another to discuss challenges and solutions with subjects such as: Post
    Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual
    Trauma (MST), addiction, Life, Employment and Academic challenges among other
    topics.

    Virtual (Zoom) online meetings and activities:

    • Warrior Writers Workshops

    • Music Workshops

    • Support group meetings

    For questions or to connect with these services call 845-342-2400 ext. 1237
    or email Larry Neumann at    lneumann@mhaorangeny.com

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    Veterans' Mail Call

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    Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. Readjustment counseling is offered to make a successful transition from military to civilian life or after a traumatic event experienced in the military. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling is offered in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services. Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief and transition after trauma.

    All Veterans are encouraged to seek Vet Center services. See local listiongs below.  Any Veterans and active duty Service members, to include members of the National Guard and Reserve components, are eligible if any of the following applies:

    • Have served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility∗ (see footnote)
    • Experienced a military sexual trauma
    • Provided direct emergent medical care or mortuary services, while serving on active military duty, to the casualties of war, or
    • Served as a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided direct support to operations in a combat zone or area of hostility.
    • Vietnam Era Veterans who have accessed care at a Vet Center prior to January 1, 2004.
    • Vet Center services are also provided to family members of Veterans and Service members for military-related issues when they aid in the readjustment of those who have served. This includes bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death.

       ∗ Service in combat theater or area of hostility to include but not limited to:
          World War II (including American Merchant Marines)
          Korean War
          Vietnam War
          Lebanon
          Grenada
          Desert Storm/ Desert Shield
          Bosnia
          Kosovo
          Operations in the former Yugoslavia area
          Global War on Terrorism
          Operation Enduring Freedom
          Operation Freedom's Sentinel
          Operation Iraqi Freedom
          Operation New Dawn

    MIDDLETOWN VET CENTER
    Click links for 2 page brochure:   
    (page1   page 2, then Right Click to Rotate Clockwise)
    726 East Main Street, Suite 203
    Suite 203
    Middletown, NY 10940
    845-342-9917

    Goshen VA Clinic
    Facility type: VA Health
    30 Hatfield Lane
    Suite 204
    Goshen, NY 10924-6768
    Main: 845-294-6927
    Mental Health: 914-737-4400 x2330

    Port Jervis VA CliniC
    150 Pike Street
    Port Jervis, NY 12771-1867
    Main: 845-856-5396
    Mental Health: 914-737-4400 x2330

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    • Orange County Veterans Service Agency
      Informs and assists veterans and their families, and members of the military, in matters pertaining to the numerous VA benefits, rights, and privileges available to them. 111 Craigville, Road, Goshen, NY 10924
      (845) 291-2470

    • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley:
      Veterans and Military Families Advocacy Project

      Providing free civil legal services to those who have served:
      Home page is lshv.org;    LSHV Veterans and Military Brochure

      • VA Benefits
      • Housing
      • Consumer Affairs
      • Social Security and SSI Disability Claims
      • Elder Law
      • Domestic Violence
      • Public Benefits

    • VA Hudson Valley Health Care


    • Make the Connection:
      Watch Veterans and their family members share real stories of strength and recovery, find useful information and local mental health resources, and explore ways to show your support.

    • Help for Homeless Veterans
      National Call Number: 877-424-3838

    • Support Services for Veteran Families in Orange, Duchess, Ulster and Sullivan) 845-565-2892 
    • NAMI Find Support for Veterans and Active Duty
      On this page we focus on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Veterans-and-Active-Duty#sthash.s1Ch5Wym.dpuf
      On this website, NAMI focuses on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life.
      On this page we focus on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Veterans-and-Active-Duty#sthash.s1Ch5Wym.dpuf
      On this page we focus on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Veterans-and-Active-Duty#sthash.s1Ch5Wym.dpuf
    • NYS Office of Mental Health: Military Personnel and their Families

      In recognition of the contribitions made by the Armed Forces of the United States: The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserves – the New York State Office of Mental Health thanks military personnel and their families for their dedicated service.

      We are proud to offer outreach, information and referral services, and counseling to support service members, their families, and veterans during deployment, reintegration, and post–deployment periods.
          • 1-800-273-8255, ext. 1 - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - specifically for Veterans

          • US Department of Veterans Affairs

          • National Center for PTSD

          • PTSD Monthly News Update: January issue describes the newest release of PTSD Coach, VA’s first mobile app for mobile devices. The app has even more features to help you learn about and manage symptoms that can occur after trauma. First launched in April of 2011, the app has been downloaded about 500,000 times in over 115 countries.

            The app is now available in Spanish, thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Department of Health and Social Services Hurricane Maria Recovery Team in Puerto Rico. App users can change the language from English to Spanish once they download the content.

          • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
            TAPS provides immediate and long-term emotional help, hope, and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America

          • Health.mil the official website of the Military Health System

          • Military OneSource: Provides information on a wide variety of subjects including parenting issues, children’s education, help with child care, and other topics such as personal finances and legal matters. Counseling as well as resources are provided.

          • Scholarships for Military Wives & Children
            bestcolleges.com link to finding financial aid and scholarships

          • Center for Women Veterans (CWV)
            Call Center is open M-F: 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
            1-855-829-6636
            1-855-VA-WOMEN


          “Our military can play a big role in changing the conversation around mental health for the entire country. Because we know these men and women are heroes…And if they can be brave enough to step up and get the help they need, perhaps that will help some kid in some community who's depressed...”
          -Michelle Obama

           


          VA Mission Act passes the U.S. Senate: On May 23 the VA Mission Act passed the U.S. Senate following recent passage by the U.S. House of Representatives. The VA Mission Act will help Veterans with mental health conditions by:

          * Making it easier to access private sector health care
          * Connecting caregivers of Veterans with service-connected conditions from all
          service-eras to the VA Family Caregiver Program
          * Creating safe opioid prescribing practices for non-VA health providers
          * Allowing VA health providers to treat Veterans via telemedicine across state
          lines

          The bill was signed into law by President Trump on June 6, 2018