It's May - Mental Health Awareness Month.  

WhyCare? We care because mental health statistics include:
  • 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. lives with a mental health condition.
  • 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in the U.S. lives with a serious mental illness.
  • 43.8 million adults in the U.S. face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness.
  • Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
This is a time to raise public awareness about mental health. Attend our May education events, bring your friends and family. Talk about what you learn with them and others to end the stereotypes that too often discourage people from getting help when they need it.

Community Education Events for Mental Health Awareness Month 

Saturday, May 18th 10 AM - 2 PM
                     CONQUER SUICIDE with Dr. Stephen Wakschal
 Connect-Question-Respond
 A Suicide Awareness and Intervention Program
       The Regina McGinn, MD Education Center 
        475 Seaview Avenue
        
        presented FREE to participants.
       To register contact Dr. Stephen Wakschal at:
        Drstephen@victorybehavioral.org or (718) 938-4967
       
  • 2-4 Hour training for groups of 20-30
  • Explores statistical risk factors
  • Considers an anthropological view of suicide
  • Debunks common myths of suicide
  • Encourages participants to express their experiences with suicide
  • Examines risk factors that increase suicidality
  • Highlights both the common and more subtle suicide"invitations" or warning signs
  • Discusses observational failures that result in suicide
  • Teaches how to use active listening skills to connect with the person at risk
  • Explores why people are resistant to revealing vulnerabilities
  • Instructs how to ask the person at risk directly about suicide
  • Offers Response options
  • Provides opportunity to practice newly acquired knowledge and skills
 
Thursday, May 30th 6 PM  Please note: the date has changed from the 14th
                       TMS - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
                       The Regina McGinn MD Education Center 475 Seaview Ave.
                        2nd floor Rooms C and D.  
                        
                        Guest speaker: Dr. Vladan Novakovic, 
                        Staten Island University Hospital, 
                        Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments haven't been effective. 

Reservations are not necessary.  
presented in partnership with S.I University Hospital Northwell Health
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Thank you SIUH, NAMI volunteers and everyone who came to see Inside My Head by Zak Sandler!

Zak Sandler on May 8th


Congratulations Patricia Papaleo on receiving the "Men and Women for Others" community service award from the Fordham University Alumni Association onCongratulations Patricia Papaleo on receiving the "Men and Women for Others" community service award from the Fordham University Alumni Association on 1/20/19. A well-deserved award for Patty's nearly 20 years of devoted service to families in our community! Pictured are Father Dan Gatti, S.J., Patricia Papaleo and NAMI Staten Island Executive Director Linda Wilson. 1/20/19. A well-deserved award for Patty's nearly 20 years of devoted service to families in our community! Pictured are Father Dan Gatti, S.J., Patricia Papaleo and NAMI Staten Island Executive Director Linda Wilson. 





YOGA FOR CAREGIVERS
Terry Seaman, Healing Arts Practitioner, Yoga Teacher and Family-to-Family graduate is offering "Caregiver Yoga" classes. The charge is $ 18.00 for a 1 1/2 hour class. Please contact her for times and more information. Terry can be reached at (917) 841-0182 or (718) 356-0106.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

NYC WELL: If you are in a crisis, call NYC WELL to speak to a counselor: 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355), or Text: WELL to 65173. Available 24/7/365. Mobile crisis teams (MCTs) respond to mental health crises in the community within 48 hours of receiving a referral. Any concerned person can make a referral to the mobile crisis services by calling NYC Well at 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355). Teams are staffed by mental health professionals who can assess the person and their situation, provide crisis counseling and make referrals to community-based mental health and substance misuse services for ongoing care, and emergency services as needed.

RUMC CPEP:  In case of a psychiatric emergency, Richmond University Medical Center provides a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at 355 Bard Ave., Staten Island, NY, 10310, (718) 818-6300. The CPEP accepts walk-ins and is a 911 receiving facility for psychiatric crises open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



Thank you to everyone who works tirelessly to advance our mission!