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NAMI Finger Lakes This Week- October 16, 2020

At National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Finger Lakes affiliate, we provide advocacy, education and support for families of people living with mental illness. In our weekly e-news, we share events and resources of interest to our mental health community. You'll find more resources and information at our website

In this newsletter:

  • Register for Upcoming Family Support Group
  • NAMI FL Family & Friends Presentation- October 29th
  • NAMI FL Explores Mental Health Crisis Response
  • NAMI FL Family Forum October 27th @ 6:30 PM
  • Black Town Hall- Mental Health in our Black Communities October 21st, 7-9PM
  • Mental Health Resources for African Americans
  • 2020 NAMI NYS Education Conference- Free 2 Day Virtual Event!- October 23-24
  • Thank You To Our NAMI FL Virtual Challenge Participants!
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NAMI Finger Lakes Family Support Group

NAMI FL Family Support Group currently meets in Zoom online:

Email [email protected] to register for the next group.

In order to have a safe and manageable group size that maintains privacy to the best of our ability in an in an online format, groups will be limited to 10 people. Please register soon for best availability.

Third Monday of the month 1:30 PM-3:00 PM- (October 19th)

First Tuesday of the month 7:00 PM-8:30 PM- (November 3rd)

If you need support now, please call the NAMI Finger Lakes Help Line at 607-273-2642. Our Help Line is answered by local NAMI family members who have experience with loved ones living with mental illness.

The NAMI National HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET- at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or [email protected]

The NAMI HelpLine  is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health conditions, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained and able to provide guidance.


NAMI Family & Friends is a free 90-minute seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

To register for the upcoming ZOOM event, NAMI FL Family & Friends, on October 29th, 6:30PM, email [email protected] or call 607-288-2460 (please leave a message with contact information). Class size will be limited to maintain a positive online learning experience.

What You’ll Learn

The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition.

They will walk you through the following topics:

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery
  • Effective communication strategies
  • The importance of self-care
  • Crisis preparation strategies
  • NAMI and community resources

For more information, visit NAMI Family & Friends

Mental Health Crisis Response

The effectiveness and safety of Mental Health Crisis Response is important to everyone in our community. One in five people experience a mental health condition at some point and 5 in 5 people are impacted by that experience. As family members, colleagues, co-workers, and community members we may experience a crisis of our own or of our loved ones or friends as we navigate mental health and mental illness. The importance of reducing trauma through effective and appropriate crisis response cannot be understated.

In the Summer of 2020, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, charged law enforcement agencies across the state with developing new strategies for public safety and appropriate response through an Executive Order that responds to concerns of our communities. Mental Health Crisis Response is one important part of this initiative, as outlined in the Police Reform and Reinvention Guidelines.

Over the next several months, NAMI Finger Lakes will host conversations regarding Mental Health Crisis Response; how it is currently achieved, how our current system impacts people living with mental illness and their families, what opportunities there are to improve outcomes, where we are succeeding, and how we might move forward in a time of re-invention of crisis response, policing, and community engagement. We invite our community to participate in these events, as we come together to explore these issues and to find solutions together.

In October of 2020, NAMI sent the following letter to local legislators, human services and law enforcement agencies to ask that NAMI Finger Lakes be included in local discussions regarding the New York State. Families are an important voice in this discussion, as we often make decisions in response to our loved ones’ crisis, as well as face the consequences of the outcome of crisis response.

Letter On Re-imagining Policing and Mental Health Crisis Response

We will continue to inform and connect our community in this discussion to encourage better outcomes for the individuals, families, and agencies that are impacted by this difficult challenge.

Visit this link to help us keep you informed regarding opportunities to add your voice to these important conversations and other NAMI Finger Lakes initiatives. We will share information on our website and Facebook page about events and opportunities to engage as a community in this important discussion.

Visit: NAMI FL's link on Mental Health Crisis Response for more information.

Our first discussion will take place at our NAMI Finger Lakes Family Forum.

NAMI Finger Lakes Family Forum- October 27

Join us Tuesday, October 27th, at 6:30 PM Via Zoom as we learn about Mental Health Crisis Response in Tompkins County.

Our guests will include representatives from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, Tompkins County Mental Health, Ithaca Police Department and Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services.

Mental Health Crisis Response impacts individuals, families, and communities. We’ll learn how this important challenge is currently being met in Tompkins County by each of the agencies involved.

Tompkins County is currently soliciting community insight on Policing Reform through an online survey. Please take a moment to complete the survey and add your voice to this important initiative.

Policing Reform Collaborative Survey


Join the NAMI Finger Lakes Family Forum

Time: Oct 27, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 835 1966 9204
Passcode: 964091

Dial by your location

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

We hope you can join us Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30 PM.

For questions and event access information please email [email protected]

Family Forum is a joint Program of NAMI Finger Lakes and Tompkins County Mental Health Services. We invite family, friends, providers, and community members to join us on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM for presentations and discussions regarding mental health programs, services, and advocacy.

Black Town Hall On Mental Health In Our Black Communities

on Mental Health in our Black Communities
7-9pm Wednesday, October 21, 2020

A virtual forum hosted by Southside Community Center with Local Leaders and Black Students from Cornell and Ithaca College.

October’s BLACK TOWN HALL is an opportunity for a group of young Black Womxn leaders to reflect on the times we are in, honor one another, & breathe about mental health in Black communities.

This discussion serves as part of a monthly live-streamed series of critical conversations offered by Southside Community Center, Inc.

A link will be posted on Facebook before the event begins so you can watch the conversation unfold. All welcome. Please share. Looking forward to being together!

Visit this facebook event link for more information:

Click Here for Mental Health Resources for African-Americans
Coming Up!
2020 NAMI NYS Education Conference - Free Two-Day Event

The 2020 NAMI-NYS Education Conference-Building Momentum: Coming Together to Create Our Future will instill the importance of resiliency and address many of the critical issues. Join us Friday, October 23, 2020 at 9:45 AM EDT -to- Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM EDT for presentations including:

  • How to recover from the trauma and grief generated by COVID-19, the economy and racial injustice
  • Understanding and addressing social-determinants of mental health
  • How to take our education and turn it into action, including how we can make our voices heard in supporting mental health services in the upcoming elections.
  • How to partner in advancing research
  • Addressing suicide
  • How to take the next steps in supporting multicultural communities
  • The importance of early-intervention
  • Issues impacting young adults

While we will not be able to be in the same location, we will not let physical distance cause social distance; the education conference will still allow us to come together to learn from one another, help each other heal and begin creating the future we want to see.

NAMI-NYS's goal is to bring together as many people as possible for this important gathering, which is why we are not charging a registration fee this year, though we are asking if possible, for people to make a $20 donation to support NAMI-NYS.


Thank YOU To Our NAMI Virtual Challenge Participants!

During the week of October 4th-10th, many took on our Virtual Challenge in recognition of World Mental Health Day and NAMI Day of Hope.

Challenge participants raised over $3000.00 to support our programs! All NAMI Finger Lakes services are free and made possible through the generous gifts of supporters like you.

This was our first year of this event and your participation and support of Challenge participants made it a great success! We have the deepest gratitude for your spirit of hope and support for families impacted by mental illness. Thank you. See you for next year's Virtual Challenge!

Please share our NAMI Finger Lakes newsletter with anyone you think may benefit from the information here.

Thank you for your support of NAMI Finger Lakes

NAMI Finger Lakes
PO Box 6544

Ithaca, NY 14851

Phone: 607-288-2460

HELP Line: 607-273-2462

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