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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Mental Health Court: Justice Without Jail

Why do so many people who end up in jail also suffer from a mental illness?  Why do many of the same people get sent to jail repeatedly instead of getting the support and help they need?  A mental health court will offer help and support to so many in…

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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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