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NAMI Finger Lakes This Week- October 23, 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:

  • NAMI FL Family Forum October 27th @ 6:30 PM
  • Register for Upcoming Family Support Group
  • NAMI FL Family & Friends Presentation- October 29th
  • NAMINYC Offers Online Support for COVID Front Line
  • OMH Center of Healing Survey
  • Mental Health Resources for African Americans
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Donate to NAMI FL
NAMI Finger Lakes Family Forum- October 27

Please join us Tuesday, October 27th, at 6:30 PM Via Zoom for our Family Forum (online 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, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services and Tompkins County 911 Dispatch.

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

Click below for Recent County Presentations on Public Safety Reform:

County Administrator Jason Molino Presentation

Ithaca City Police Dept. Chief Dennis Nayor Presentation

Tompkins County Sheriff, Derek Osborne Presentation


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]

For more information, visit

Download the NAMI Document- Navigating a Mental Health Crisis

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

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.

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

Third Monday of the month 1:30 PM-3:00 PM- (November 16th)

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

NAMINYC Offers Online Support for COVID Front Line

NAMI is very aware of the impact of the COVID crisis on front line workers. For support resources, please visit:

Text “SCRUBS” or “1018” to 741741

NAMI NYC provides online support group Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, 6:30 to 7:30pm ET via Zoom. This is a supportive space for any professional on the frontlines of COVID-19 treatment.

To join with video, click here.
To join by phone:
Dial 646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 878 1451 4220
Password: 588513

OMH Center of Healing Survey

The NYS Office of Mental Health that seeks to learn how systems of care can best respond to current events. The goal is to collaborate to provide training and technical assistance and resources that support people in ways that they find most healing.

You're invited to participate in a survey that will inform their work toward their goal. So much has happened in the world since the beginning of 2020. Most of us can identify with a need for healing at the personal, community, state, national and global level. Take a moment to imagine:

What if New York was the Center of Healing for the World?

Participants at a recent OMH Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting to consider this question and discuss what our systems of care can do to create a greater sense of healing in today’s world. Many of their ideas were incorporated into the survey, and your answers to the questions will help us to discover what people who live or work in New York State find most healing and most helpful for systems of care to consider in their service delivery and quality improvement efforts.

Whether you are a current or former recipient of services, a family member, a provider of services, a peer specialist or advocate, trainer, researcher, administrator, coordinator, or otherwise involved in systems of care, take the survey and let us know what helps and what gets in the way of creating a greater sense of healing in the world today.

If you live or work in New York State, they are very interested in your thoughts about what contributes to a sense of healing, and what programs in New York can do to support healing in today's world.

Take the Center of Healing Survey:
Please respond by 5 PM Friday, October 30, 2020.

Click Here for Mental Health Resources for African-Americans

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Phone: 607-288-2460

HELP Line: 607-273-2462

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