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NAMI Finger Lakes

NAMI Finger Lakes This Week- October 8, 2021

At National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Finger Lakes affiliate, we provide advocacy, education and support for families of people living with mental health conditions. 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 namifingerlakes.org

    In this newsletter:

  • NAMI Finger Lakes Crisis File
  • October 10th is World Mental Health Day
  • NAMI Finger Lakes Family Forum- Problem Gambling 
  • NAMI NYS Education Conference Coming Up!
  • TWO FREE LEAP Training Opportunities- October and November
  • NAMI's NYS Mental Health Fact Sheet
  • Learn About Mental Health Through Personal Stories
  • Register for Upcoming Support Group
  • NAMI FL 2021 Programs and Services Guide
  • Opportunities to Support NAMI Finger Lakes
  • Like-Follow-Share NAMI FL


The NAMI Finger Lakes Crisis File contains valuable resources for families in search of help during a mental health crisis. You'll find resources for emergencies, housing, mental health treatment, services and more.

October 10th is World Mental Health Day

Each year, during the first week of October, NAMI and Affiliates across the country raise awareness of mental illness, fight discrimination and provide support through Mental Illness Awareness Week. This important week was established in 1990 by Congress to officially recognize the impact mental illness has on millions of lives.



NAMI Finger Lakes works to end the stigma of mental illness through classes, support groups, our Help Line and presentations throughout the year. However, Mental Illness Awareness Week is an opportunity for all of us to come together as one to learn together and support one another.



Please consider joining NAMI Finger Lakes as we work for mental health care for all. Call Executive Director, Beth McGee, for more information about becoming a member of NAMI Finger Lakes and for volunteer opportunities. 607-288-2460 or email [email protected]



NAMI Finger Lakes Family Forum- October 26th- 6:30 PM
New York Problem Gambling

With the world in its current state, many individuals are turning to different ways to gamble at home for entertainment, or even to cope. Higher rates of depression are at the forefront amidst the isolation, which can create the perfect storm for those at risk for developing a problem. On top of that, problem gambling has the highest suicide rate among all addiction, and New York State has just made it easier to gamble online.



Join us for NAMI Finger Lakes October Family Forum on Tuesday, October 26th at 6:30 PM when we welcome Jenna Hotaling of The Finger Lakes Problem Gambling Resource Center (FL-PGRC) to learn how to tell if someone is struggling with a gambling addiction, how to find help and much more.



Jenna Hotaling is the Team Leader for the Finger Lakes Problem Gambling Resource Center (FL-PGRC). Since the fall of 2018, she has been leading the PGRC team through outreach efforts, community education & policy, and raising awareness on problem gambling. Jenna has conducted numerous problem gambling training sessions for agencies across the region for those working with youth, adults, and seniors. Jenna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Get the facts about problem gambling - Call/text today (585) 351-2262 or [email protected] for more information.

Register Here

THIS EVENT IS VIRTUAL ON ZOOM



“About 50% of those with disordered gambling have had suicidal thoughts.

Over 17% of these individuals have attempted suicide,” (Moghaddam et al, 2015).



NAMI NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION CONFERENCE
NAMI NYS Education Conference 2021

Don't miss the NAMI NYS 2021 Education Conference!
The online event will bring together the NAMI-NYS family to learn, heal and recover together. This year’sagenda aims to address the stressors of the past year and a half and how NAMI-NYS  and our affiliates are working to bring about healing. The conference will also present on the latest on research and treatment of psychiatric

disorders, strategies to achieve mental wellness and explore the critical advocacy issues impacting the delivery of and access to mental health services in New York State. Registration is just $10 for NAMI-NYS Members.



Register Here
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FREE LEAP Online Training

Free LEAP ONLINE Training - Live with Q&A



This is an exclusive offer, sponsored by the Sarah B. Foulke Estate Grant for New York residents to attend a LEAP Training for free (regular cost $150)—primarily for NAMI NYS affiliates, staff, community members, and their local professional

partners—who care for people with serious mental Illness.



LEAP (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner) is an evidence-based approach that helps you create relationships that lead to treatment. This session presented live, with Q&A by Dr. Amador, author of "I AM NOT SICK, I Don't Need Help!", will teach family and professionals how to create trusting relationships with people who

have serious mental illness and anosognosia - a neurological symptom that leaves a person unable to understand they are ill, resulting in conflict, isolation and treatment refusal.



To register or to find more information for this class, click here.



Visit the Henry Amador Center on Anosognosia for more information about LEAP.



NAMI Fact Sheet for New York State


Read personal stories shared by people who live with mental illness. Learn from their experiences and share with others.

NAMI Finger Lakes - Hope Starts With You



Attorneys Brandy Tomlinson and Joshua Rosenthal from Disability Rights New York presented on the types of community-based mental health services that should be available to children and adolescents on Medicaid.

We also explored the barriers that families face when trying to access these services.



DRNY is an independent nonprofit organization designated to advocate for the rights and  safety of New Yorkers with disabilities. DRNY is committed to enabling those we serve to exercise their own life choices and to fully participate in community life. To learn more about DRNY, please visit www.drny.org.

NAMI FL Family Support Groups are led by trained facilitators who have gained understanding through lived experience with loved ones who live with mental health conditions. At our support groups, we share concerns, coping skills, and compassion in a supportive atmosphere.

NAMI FL virtual support groups currently meet on Zoom.
To register or for information on how to attend any group, email [email protected] or call 607-288-2460 for assistance.



NAMI Support Groups are for people 18 and over who have a loved one living with a mental health condition.
Groups meet for 1&1/2 hours.

Family Support Group:

  • Tuesday October 5th 7:00 PM- Virtual Family Support Group
  • Monday, October 18th 1:30 PM- Virtual Family Support Group
  • Friday, October 22nd at 1:30 PM In person outdoor Family Support Group (in a downtown Ithaca location TBA. Vaccination preferred, masks required for anyone not vaccinated)

Partner/Spouse Support Group:

  • Thursday, October 21st at 7:00 PMVirtual Partner/Spouse Group

Click to view our Support Group Materials

If you need support now, please call the NAMI Finger Lakes Help Line at 607-273-2462. Our Help Line is answered by local NAMI family members who have experience with loved ones living with mental illness.

NAMI Finger Lakes 2021 Programs and Services Guide





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The NAMI Finger Lakes 2021 Programs & Services Guide

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NAMI Finger Lakes
PO Box 6544

Ithaca, NY 14851

Information: 607-288-2460

HELP Line: 607-273-2462

[email protected] namifingerlakes.org


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