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NAMI Finger Lakes This Week- November 6, 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
  • Re-Imagining Public Safety Collaborative - FEEDBACK NEEDED
  • NAMI Resource- Navigating A Mental Health Crisis
  • A Personal Experience With Psychosis
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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- (November 16th)

First Tuesday of the month 7:00 PM-8:30 PM- (December 1st)

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 by selecting the seminar in Ithaca:

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


Tompkins County has engaged the community in the process of "re-imagining public safety" in response to Governor Cuomo's Executive Order on policing reform. This initiative includes mental health crisis response and engagement of law enforcement in that response. Click here to View the NAMI Finger Lakes recent Family Forum on Mental Health Crisis Response in Tompkins County.

Click here to view the Governor's Guidance.

The community is invited to provide comments/input via Zoom during several community comment forums on Friday afternoons at 4:30 PM from now through December 4th, excluding November 27th. Comments will be collected and shared with those who are working on the plan.

For more information on the local collaborative, visit:

Re-imagining Public Safety Collaborative

Interested community members may share feedback on this initiative by filling out a form either online or print for drop off or mailing. To provide input, fill out the online form here:

Online Form for Community Input



Download and print here

You may also pick up at the Tompkins County Public Library

(Starting November 5)


Attn- Re-imagining Public Safety

125 E. Court St.
Ithaca, N.Y. 14850

Drop Off:

Mayor’s Listening Post (Mailbox)
108 E. Green St.
​Ithaca, NY 14850

Tompkins County Drop Box
125 E. Court St.
​Ithaca, NY 14850

The Tompkins County Public Library is offering hours at computer stations to watch community forums and submit feedback. (Starting Nov 5th)Open at 101 E. Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-1pm, and Saturdays 3pm-6pm


NAMI developed this guide to support people experiencing mental health crises, their friends and families by providing important, sometimes lifesaving information.

This guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, strategies to help de-escalate a crisis and resources that may be available for those affected. Also included is information about advocating for a person in crisis along with a sample crisis plan.

Click here or on the image above to download the document to have on hand: Navigating A Mental Health Crisis.

A Personal Experience With Psychosis

NAMI Family to Family and NAMI Family and Friends provide information about what it's like to live with mental health conditions like Schizophrenia, Schizo-effective and Bi-Polar disorders.

It can be confusing and difficult to understand what a loved one is experiencing as a result of any of these diagnoses.

Lauren, of the Living Well With Schizophrenia YouTube channel, generously shares her experience living with a mental health condition such as Schizo-effective disorder and offers detailed explanations of how this impacts her life.

Lauren shares many videos on topics related to her mental health experience on her channel. The following video links provide insight that can be helpful in our efforts to better understand what might be happening for our loved ones when they experience symptoms of mental health conditions. (Please note, not all people have the same experience.)

What Is Psychosis

10 Signs I'm Slipping Into Psychosis

My Experience With A Recent Hospitalization for Schizophrenia/Schizo-Effective Disorder

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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