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 Upcoming Family Support Group
NAMI Finger Lakes Annual Campaign 2020
NAMI Fall 2020 Family to Family Thank You
NAMI NYC Screening and Discussion of Film "Bedlem"
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. To have a safe and manageable group size that maintains privacy to the best of our ability 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- (January 5th)
Third Monday of the month 1:30 PM-3:00 PM- (January 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.
Your support of NAMI Finger Lakes changes lives through education, support and advocacy for families impacted by mental health conditions. Now, more than ever, free mental health services and support are in high demand. Your donations to NAMI Finger Lakes make it possible for us to meet this growing need. Please consider supporting NAMI Finger Lakes with a financial gift or volunteer the gift of your time. While we've transitioned to virtual services in order to meet the demand during COVID-19, there is still plenty to do together to teach, support, advocate and care for one another. In 2021, we will continue to provide the important programs NAMI is nationally known for. We will grow our reach in our community and partner with other organizations to increase the positive impact NAMI Finger Lakes brings to all we do. We look forward to a coming year of hope, help and support and we're grateful for your contributions toward that effort. namifingerlakes.org
NAMI Finger Lakes Fall Family to Family program was offered online for the first time! Our five participants successfully completed 20 hours of learning together to better understand and advocate for their loved ones living with mental health conditions. We recognize thier important commitment during this challenging time, and wish to thank the Fall 2020 participants for joining us. If you would like more information about education programs provided by NAMI Finger Lakes, please visit NAMI Finger Lakes Education. If you would like to be notified of our next Family to Family program, please email [email protected].
Join NAMI NYC for a screening of "Bedlam," a feature-length documentary that immerses us in the national crisis surrounding care of people with severe mental illness. Friday January 15- Screening begins at 5pm ET, panel at 6:30pm
After the screening there will be a panel discussion featuring speakers with both personal and professional expertise - including NAMI
national CEO, Dan Gillison - who will focus on housing issues, including the importance of high-quality supportive housing programs, the challenges of providing housing, and how the traumas of homelessness
and incarceration continue to worsen this crisis. Panelists: Michael Andersson, NAMI-NYC In Our Own Voice Presenter, and Peer-to-Peer facilitator Daniel H. Gillison Jr., CEO, NAMI National Dr. Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, Director and Producer, BEDLAM Sammy Davis Santana, Program Manager at Brooklyn Self Help, and Peer Specialist at the Brooklyn Peer Advocacy Center Join them as they discuss the film during the virtual screening and to share your experiences and questions during the panel afterwards.