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 for education, support and advocacy. You'll find more resources and information at our website namifingerlakes.org.
In this newsletter:
NAMI Family Forum- Mental Health Crisis and the Law
Feedback Requested for Tompkins County Public Safety Reform Collaborative
Office of Mental Health Regional Advisory Committee-Feedback Opportunity
Register for Upcoming Family Support Group
27th Annual Mental Health Conference Series Crossroads of Mental Health and Homelessness
Office of Mental Health Virtual Town Hall- Feedback Opportunity
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 advocacy.
Tompkins County is currently soliciting community insight on Policing Reform through an online survey. Opportunities to engage in these online public comment events are November 20th and December 4th. NAMI Families have important insight to share about mental health crisis and our loved ones. This is an opportunity to share your thoughts and concerns regarding mental health crisis response in our communities and other ideas you have regarding local police reform. 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:
The OMH Regional Advisory Committee, (RAC), meeting will be held on November 30, 2020, from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
The RAC is an opportunity for Consumers/Survivors/Ex-Patients and Families of people with mental health issues, to provide actionable advice to the Office of Mental Health. Draft Agenda (Subject to Change.)
8:30–8:40 Meeting Room opens for informal networking and setting up technology.
8:40-9:00 Community Announcements
8:30-8:45 Networking, Sound Check, Orientation to the technology
8:40-9:00 Announcements from community partners: NY Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services(NYAPRS) Mental Health Empowerment Project, (MHEP) National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Mental Health Association of NYS. (MHANYS)
9:00-9:30 Updates from Office of Consumer Affairs
9:30-10:00 Updates from the Commissioner
10:00-10:30 Topic presentation: Covid survey update. Use of technology in mental health service delivery.
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. First Tuesday of the month 7:00 PM-8:30 PM- (December 1st) Third Monday of the month 1:30 PM-3:00 PM- (December 21st) 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 may also 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.
Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services, Finger Lakes Independence Center and the Mental Health Association are partnering to present the 27th Annual Mental Health Conference for Tompkins County, NY. This year, the conference will be presented online via Zoom. The theme is “The Crossroads of Mental Health and Homelessness” and keynote speaker is Svante Myrick, the mayor of the City of Ithaca. All events are free, take place by zoom and require advance registration.
Tuesday, December 8, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.,Office of Mental Health 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 served by OMH. 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. Accessible Online and by PhoneThe town hall will be held online and by phone in order to maximize access for public participation. Register at: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/planning/507/
NAMI Ending the Silence for Families is for parents and other caregivers of middle and high school students.
NAMI Ending the Silence for Families is a 50-minute presentation for parents and other primary caregivers of middle and high school students that helps raise awareness around mental health conditions through an informative PowerPoint and short videos. We educate families about the early warning signs of mental illness, facts and statistics, how to approach your child, how to work with school staff, and how early recognition and prevention are key to positive outcomes. Additionally, the presentation includes personal testimony from a young adult living with a mental illness about his/her journey to recovery. How to Join:
Click here to register for NAMI Ending The Silence For Families When you register you will receive an email from Eventbrite. Please scroll to the bottom of the email to find the link to join the Zoom presentation. The event will also be live streamed on Facebook beginning shortly after 4pm. You can find our Facebook page here: