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NAMI Finger Lakes This Week- October 30, 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- November 18
  • NAMI FL Family Forum Replay-
    • Mental Health Crisis Response in Tompkins County
  • Webinar Replay
    • Should Police Respond to Mental Health Emergencies?
  • National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials
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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.

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 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 November 18th, 6:00-8:00PM, email [email protected] or call 607-288-2460 (please leave a message with contact information).

Attendance will be limited to maintain a positive online learning experience. You can also register at this link:

NAMI FL Family and Friends Registration

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

NAMI Finger Lakes Family Forum- October Replay Mental Health Crisis Response in Tompkins County

At our October Family Forum, our guests included 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.

The replay of this event is available at this link:

NAMI FL Family Forum- Mental Health Crisis Response

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

Camden, NJ Police Reform Case Study

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

Should Police Respond to Mental Health Emergencies? Webinar Replay

Should Police Respond to Mental Health Emergencies?

To Watch the Presentation Replay Click Here

Positive outcomes occur most times that police interact with individuals with mental illness or related disorders. There are times, however, when tragedy occurs. As a result, many communities re-evaluate the role of police as first responders to individuals in emotional distress.

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program model has been adopted by many communities in the aftermath of adverse incidents between law enforcement and individuals in crisis. This webinar will explain the CIT model, including a brief description of ways that communities review their crisis response systems in the context of CIT program development. Alternative models of responding to mental health emergencies in the community will also be addressed.

About the Presenter:

Don Kamin, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who collaborates with law enforcement, behavioral health system representatives, and other community partners to address the needs of individuals with mental illness and their family members through system reform, improved collaboration, and training initiatives.

A former Police Academy Instructor, he assisted in the development of the first CIT program in New York in 2004. Currently, as the Director of the Institute for Police, Mental Health, and Community Collaboration, Dr. Kamin works closely with the NYS Office of Mental Health to develop CIT programs across New York.


Research is such an important part of finding effective and humane therapies for mental health conditions. The National Institutes of Health provides information on how participating in clinical trials can benefit individuals and our entire community, how to find clinical trials to participate in, how trials are funded, results of trials that have been conducted, and many more education resources.

Visit this link to learn more and to search their registry of ongoing and past clinical trials.

Click the image below to view information about clinical trials.

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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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