Recommendations for COVID-19 Virus

NAMI Updates On The Coronavirus 3/9/2020 Considering the news regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), NAMI released the following information. As of today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), notes the following in terms of risk assessment: For most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. This…continue

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NAMI Finger Lakes Welcomes Beth McGee As New Executive Director

We are very pleased to announce that the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Finger Lakes (NAMI Finger Lakes) has hired Beth McGee as Executive Director. Beth has an impressive background, including as an elected official in the Town of Enfield and as a local business owner. She has lived experience with mental illness in her family and extensive volunteer involvement as a NAMI…continue

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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 and earlier access to intensive treatment, not revisiting the shameful…continue

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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…continue

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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. 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 to ensure the successful application of that training within agencies…continue

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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 to utilize the Mobile Crisis Team with your loved one,…continue

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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 May 2nd the Mayor read a proclamation declaring May as…continue

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Now Available: Educational Video Series – Adult Behavioral Health Medicaid Managed Care

Now Available: New Educational Video Series on Adult Behavioral Health Medicaid Managed Care NYS is announcing the release of the new Adult Behavioral Health Medicaid Managed Care Video Series, now available online and included in the New Choices in Recovery presentations held across New York State. About the Video Series The NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), in partnership with…continue

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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, Syracuse, NY. It was sponsored by the National Alliance on…continue

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NAMI’s Statement Regarding President Trump’s Recent Comments On Mental Health Care

NAMI’s Statement Regarding President Trump’s Recent Comments On Mental Health Care 2/22/2018 In recent days, there has been a lot of rhetoric by the President and the NRA about “crazy people” and a desire to return to the days of the “institutions.” These comments reinforce inaccurate and negative stereotypes and create barriers to having real conversations about how to improve…continue

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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 the gaps – helping to give meaning to what, for…continue

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