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NAMI Finger Lakes This Week- November 13, 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 Family Forum- Mental Health Crisis and the Law
  • Upcoming Office of Mental Health Public Town Hall Event
  • Book Recommendation- Family Guide to Mental Illness and The Law by Linda Tashbook
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NAMI Finger Lakes Family Support Group

NAMI FL Family Support Group currently meets in Zoom online:

Support Groups can be attended with a computer, cell or landline phone. To register or for information on how to attend, email [email protected] or call 607-288-2460 for assistance.

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. Registration is required.

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.



There's still room in our upcoming event!

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



Please join us Tuesday, November 24th, at 6:30 PM Via Zoom for our Family Forum (online via Zoom) as we learn about Mental Health Crisis and The Law in Tompkins County.

Our guests will include:

  • Judge Seth Peacock of the Ithaca Wellness and Recovery Court
  • Judge Scott Miller of the Ithaca Wellness and Recovery Court
  • Matt Van Houten- Tompkins County District Attorney
  • Kristen Snyder- Senior Attorney at Mental Hygiene Legal Services

We'll explore the legal side of Mental Health Crisis. What roles do our guests serve in the process, what is their authority, and what are their limitations?

Tompkins County is currently soliciting community insight on Policing Reform through an online survey. Your input is being requested. You can find more information on how to participate in online meetings or to provide feedback by email or mail at this link:

Re-imagining Public Safety Collaborative


Access information for this event will be available at the week of the event.

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

To view our previous Family Forum exploring how mental health crisis response is provided currently, video of this event is available at this link on the NAMI FL YouTube channel:

NAMI FL Family Forum- Mental Health Crisis Response

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 mentalhealth programs, services, and advocacy.


Tuesday, December 8th, 1-3 PM, OMH is conducting a Statewide Virtual Town Hall with Commissioner Ann Sullivan, M.D., pre­senting and taking feedback on OMH’s vision for the future of the public mental health system. OMH is dedicated to providing individuals and families access to quality, integrated, services and supports that foster recovery and well-being. Public input is crucial in assisting the agency in meet­ing the needs of all of the people we serve.

All comments will be reviewed and considered in the development of the annual OMH Statewide Comprehensive Plan pursuant to Section 5.07 of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law.The town hall will be held online and by phone in order to maximize access for public participation. Registration will be available soon. If you require any special accommodations to participate in the event or have any questions about the format, please contact Ben Rosen at (518) 474-1897.


NAMI Finger Lakes maintains a lending library of books, pamphlets, CDs, and DVDs on all aspects of mental illness. For a list of helpful books curated by NAMI Finger Lakes volunteers, you may visit our catalog at

Many of the books in the catalog are available at the NAMI-FL office and available to sign out. If you are interested in specific books in our catalog, contact, you may email [email protected] or call 607-288-2460 to confirm availability and pickup arrangements.

On the topic of the legal aspects of mental health crisis that we're exploring at this month's Family Forum on November 24th, Family Guide to Mental Illness and the Law: A Practical Handbook by Author, Linda Tashbook may be of particular interest.

Description: When a loved one with mental illness comes into contact with the law, trying to advocate for them can be an overwhelming and frustrating endeavor. Mental illness adds a layer of complexity to legal processes, and the justice system can be downright bewildering, even for the most well-intentioned. How can families find out if their loved one is being mistreated or ignored, and how can they make sense of their rights under various laws and regulations?

Family Guide to Mental Illness and the Law offers the nuts-and-bolts legal information and problem-solving steps families need. This accessible resource explains how common legal issues uniquely impact people with various forms of mental illness and what family members can do to help.

The links above are Amazon affiliate links that support NAMI Finger Lakes. This book is not available at either the Finger Lakes or New York Public Library Systems.

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NAMI Finger Lakes
PO Box 6544

Ithaca, NY 14851

Phone: 607-288-2460

HELP Line: 607-273-2462

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