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 Family Forum Welcomes CAHOOTS
Community Mental Health Services Board- February 1st Open to the Public, Please Attend
NAMI Maryland Presents- Resiliency & Mental Wellness for First Responders- Monday, January 11th- Coming up!
Share Your Favorite Mental Health Service Provider
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. Third Monday of the month 1:30 PM-3:00 PM- (January 18th) First Tuesday of the month 7:00 PM-8:30 PM- (February 2nd)
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 continues our Family Forum series exploration of Mental Health Crisis Response on January 26th at 6:30 PM. This month, we turn our focus toward alternative solutions to policing for crisis response.
For over thirty years, CAHOOTS responders have provided a community-based public safety system of mental health first response for crises involving mental illness, homelessness, and addiction. Responders utilize trauma-informed de-escalation and harm reduction techniques to assess needs and provide immediate stabilization in case of urgent medical need or psychological crisis, assessment, information, referral, advocacy, and, when warranted, transportation to the next step in treatment.
Last year, CAHOOTS answered roughly 24,000 calls and called for police backup 250 times. The program saves the city of Eugene an estimated $8.5 million in public safety spending annually.
Meet our panelists:
Tim Black is the Director of Consulting at White Bird Clinic. With a background in runaway and homeless youth, harm reduction, and street outreach, he began working for CAHOOTS as a Crisis Intervention Worker in 2010, before moving into an administrative role as the CAHOOTS Operations Coordinator.
Ben Brubaker works as Administrative Coordinator of White Bird Clinic. He began serving White Bird in September 2006. Ben first started as a full-time Crisis Worker (Qualified Mental Health Associate) on WBC’s 24/7 Crisis Line and Walk-in Center. A few years later he joined the mobile crisis intervention team (CAHOOTS) as a Crisis Worker and presents internal and external training for the agency.
On Monday, February 1st at 5:30 PM, the Community Mental Health Services Board Meeting will include a discussion with Tompkins County Administrator, Jason Molino, regarding mental health and the County Reimagining Public Safety initiative. Families have a unique perspective to share regarding mental health crisis response and law enforcement, as family members are often faced with the decision to call for help when our loved ones are in crisis. Please take this opportunity to learn from Administrator Molino how the initiative is moving forward. Family participation in this process is imperative for successful reform.
Public health and public safety workers experience a broad range of health and mental health consequences as a result of work-related exposures to natural or human-caused disasters. Combined with long hours of work, frequent shifts, poor sleep, physical hardships, and other negative experiences, there has been an increase in cases of high stress and trauma.
Resiliency & Mental Wellness will discuss first responder’s high exposure to stress and trauma and how these events impact them personally and professionally. In addition, this workshop will explore Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and how it can help mitigate first responder’s crisis reaction and assist in their resiliency going forward.
Do you have a therapist you love? Have you had an excellent experience with a mental health service provider in the area? Do you find a local agency very helpful with meeting mental health needs?
We want to know about it!
Please visit the link below to share your favorite mental health professional and/or service provider. Your input helps us better meet the needs of families seeking support. We appreciate your sharing!