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NAMI Finger Lakes This Week- December 4, 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 for education, support and advocacy. You'll find more resources and information at our website namifingerlakes.org.

In this newsletter:

  • Register for December 21st Family Support Group
  • NAMI FL Family Forum Video Replay-
    Mental Health Crisis And The Law
  • NAMI FL Event- Support Group: How To
  • NAMI Finger Lakes Thanks Our #GivingTuesday2020 donors
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan- WRAP Resources
  • Upcoming Event Reminders
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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.


NAMI Family Support Groups are for people 18 and over who have a loved one living with Mental Illness.

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- (December 21st)

First Tuesday of the month 7:00 PM-8:30 PM- (January 5th)




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.

NAMI Finger Lakes Family Forum- Video Replay Mental Health Crisis and The Law

NAMI Finger Lakes wishes to extend our gratitude to our panelists for the November 24th Family Forum on Mental Health Crisis and The Law in Tompkins County.



Our guests included:



  • Hon. Judge Seth Peacock of the Ithaca Wellness and Recovery Court, Ithaca City Court
  • Hon. Judge Scott Miller of the Ithaca Wellness and Recovery Court, Tompkins County Court
  • Kristen Snyder- Associate Attorney at Mental Hygiene Legal Service
  • Matthew Van Houten- Tompkins County District Attorney

Our discussion explored the legal side of Mental Health Crisis: What roles our guests serve in the process, what is their authority, and what are their limitations. This was a very enlightening and informative discussion and we're grateful for our panelist's time and commitment to this work.

Our video replay of the event may be found on our NAMI Finger Lakes YouTube channel at this link:



NAMI Finger Lakes Family Forum: Mental Health Crisis and The Law


We look forward to continuing these conversations at future Family Forums. Please share this link with everyone you think would benefit from this information.

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NAMI FL Event- Support Group: How To- Dec. 15

Have you wondered how NAMI Family Support Group works using Zoom? Have you missed attending in-person Support Group meetings and hesitated joining our virtual support groups? Do you worry that you can’t attend if you don’t have a computer?

Please join us for “Support Group: How-To” on December 15th at 6:00 PM, for an opportunity to check out a group in an informal, informational setting. This How-To is for anyone who is interested in learning how to navigate the online environment in a support group setting (NAMI Groups or otherwise), those who would like to lead groups safely, and for phone participants.


Register Here for this event:

Support Group: How To -Registration


To register for phone access, please call 607-288-2460 and leave a message or email [email protected]. We’ll get back to you with instructions on how to access the event via computer or phone. Please share with others you know who don't have internet access and would like to learn to participate using a phone.

Once you’ve attended, you will know how to:

  • Register for a support group
  • Attend our safe and confidential virtual groups on Zoom- with opportunities to ask questions and practice using Zoom features on your computer OR telephone
  • Participate and engage with others in a virtual Support Group (participants will not be asked to share personal information in this How To event)


NAMI Finger Lakes takes great care to keep groups confidential, safe and easy to attend, with a computer, cell or landline phone.

NAMI Finger Lakes would like to thank those who made a gift of support on #GivingTuesday. Our organization depends upon your generosity to provide our services for free. #GivingTuesday is a global effort that empowers people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. Thank you for your gifts!


There's still time to make a donation for this initiative. Please click to visit our #GivingTuesday site where you can make a gift to NAMI Finger Lakes that will help light the way with support, education and advocacy for families impacted by mental illness.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Resources

From MentalHealthRecovery.com:

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals. It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues.

WRAP has been studied extensively in rigorous research projects and is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.WRAP Will Help You:

  • Discover your own simple, safe wellness tools
  • Develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible
  • Identify upsetting events, early warning signs and signs that things have gotten much worse and, using wellness tools, develop action plans for responding at these times
  • Create a crisis plan
  • Create a post-crisis plan

WRAP is for anyone, any time. It will support you in being the way you want to be and doing the things you want to do.



Visit mentalhealthrecovery.com to learn more about developing a WRAP plan for you or your loved one that can help you better navigate crisis and post crisis situations. You'll find informative video content and free downloads for Crisis and Post Crisis Plan templates and many paid publications to learn about WRAP.

Upcoming Event Reminders
Office of Mental Health Virtual Town Hall- 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. The 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 NYC Presents- Ending The Silence For Families Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM- 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 highschool students that helps raise awareness around mental health conditions through an informative PowerPoint and short videos.

Click here to register: Ending the Silence For Families


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

[email protected] / namifingerlakes.org


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