NAMI’s Statement Regarding President Trump’s Comments On Re-institutionalizing People With Mental Illness

8/16/2019 Yesterday, President Trump revisited his statements about reopening mental “institutions” and perpetuated false stereotypes. Two weeks ago, the president also called people with mental illness “monsters.” In response, National Alliance on Mental Illness Acting CEO Angela Kimball released the following statement: “The president should be talking about better care…

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2020 Winter-Spring NAMI Family to Family Education course to start January 25th

NAMI Finger Lakes announces its 2020 Winter -Spring NAMI Family to Family Education course starting January 25th.  

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

This course is taught by trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation.

The sessions will run 10am to 1pm on Saturdays starting January 25th at Access to Independence of Cortland County, 26 North Main St. Cortland, New York.  Call 607-835-6721 to register.

Participant Perspectives: 

“The course has helped me to realize that my daughter is still inside the body that is often times hidden by the mental illness and that I am not alone in this.”

“Thank you so much for teaching the class.  Your dedication to helping others that are dealing with mental illness issues within the family is inspiring.  Without your help and guidance, I don’t know where I would be today.  Many of the things I learned over the 12 weeks has helped me deal with our sick “relative”.  I gained insight, coping skills, options…you name it!  I wish more of my family members were more open-minded and would take this important NAMI class. I would highly recommend that ANYONE facing issues with a family member that has a mental illness should take this class.  No, it’s not the “miracle” you are seeking for a cure, but it goes a LONG way in helping, understanding, and coping with this insidious and cruel disease.”

“This course overall was the single most, without a doubt, helpful and informative thing ever offered in all my years searching for answers… It has helped me to understand better and communicate more effectively with my brother.”

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Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry

Center for Practice Innovations

Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry is a valuable resource to learn about treatment options and other concerns regarding Mental Health. https://practiceinnovations.org Mission In a rapidly changing healthcare environment, CPI delivers a wide array of training to increase the competencies of the NYS behavioral health workforce and implementation supports…

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Mobile Crisis Team

Serving Tompkins County, individuals and families who are experiencing urgent concerns related to behavioral health  issues, the Mobile Crisis Team provides brief crisis intervention, support, and stabilization to try and manage the crisis in the community. May also offer hospital and jail diversion linkage as able depending on the assessed needs. For more information about how…

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Why I Don’t Say My Son ‘Committed’ Suicide

By Desiree Woodland/NAMI The news spread quickly. Two youths from the local high school had died over the weekend. “They committed suicide” were the words I heard to explain the tragic loss of two young people, who had their entire lives ahead of them. Click here for the whole article. …

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

NAMI Finger Lakes started May 2018 with determination, energy and excitement. With the support of Ithaca’s Mayor Svante Myrick, Buffalo Street Book Store, Tompkins County Public Library, Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT), and local high school students, we are raising awareness and breaking the silence and stigma surrounding mental health issues. On…

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The Genetics of Mental Disorders

Genetics of Mental Disorders

In October NAMI Finger Lakes sponsored a talk by Dr. Stephen Glatt on the genetics of mental illness.  A video of the program is now available on youtube. This lecture was presented by Dr. Stephen Glatt, Director of the Psychiatric Genetic Epidemiology & Neurobiology Laboratory at SUNY Upstate Medical University,…

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You Can’t Be Sick By Yourself- Documentary

You Can't Be Sick By Yourself - Documentary

The documentary, “You Can’t Be Sick By Yourself,” helps to explain the everyday, ambiguous definition of mental health, relating one couple’s experience with the greater support community – from interviews with psychiatrists and the Mental Health Department to professionals within the Tompkins County Jail who at times, have to fill…

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