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 namifingerlakes.org.
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!
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.
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 thePolice 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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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