Thank you to the Board of Directors, Events Committee members, dedicated volunteers, SIUH EMS, and Community Affairs 122 Precinct Officer Kevin MeDefindt for making the first NAMI NYC Staten Island Car Caravan on 10/4/20 a day to remember! We traveled around Staten Island to spread the word that there is no shame in mental illness, and that persons and families living with mental health issues are not alone!

                                  President's Message
                As the local affiliate of NAMI we strive to build better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. We work toward our mission by offering support groups, helpline, education programs and events, presentations, awareness activities, and advocacy free of charge. 

During the first week of October, NAMI and participants across the country raise awareness of mental illness, fight stigma and provide support through Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). In recognition of MIAW we will rode for mental health in a "Car Caravan" (traveling throughout Staten Island). It took place on Sunday, October 42020 at noon.
Due to the pandemic, we are unable to host our annual Awards Ceremony, our largest fundraiser. Please consider lending your support by making a tax-deductible donation to NAMI NYC Staten Island. Your support and donations help us continue to keep programming free and work towards our vision of building better lives for the 1 in 5 individuals living with mental illness.
We are aware that many organizations are seeking support during these difficult times. COVID has increased the emotional burdens on all of us, but most notably on persons living with mental illness.

Please send your donation to us at the address below, or pay with PayPal.

Learn more about what we do. We communicate our upcoming events and programs here on our website, via Constant Contact and by social media
Pete Shiffman, RN

NAMI NYC Staten Island Inc, 930 Willowbrook Road Bldg 41A, Staten Island, NY 10314   phone: (718) 477-1700

Together, we can make mental health a priority in the 2020 elections. Join us. Visit NAMI’s new elections website and pledge to 
#Vote4MentalHealth this fall:

1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Wednesday at 7 PM 

Principles of Family Support Group

Saturdays 1:30 PM-3:00PM
NAMI Connections Principles

All support meetings have the same Zoom address and meeting ID:

Please click on the link below to join the meeting:

 or Call: 1 646 558 8656  

You will be asked to dial the meeting ID: 892 329 3610  

For information updates, please join our mailing list by signing up below:

Visit the Center for Disease Control  and the NAMI national website for the latest facts and guidance. Please continue to contact us for help and support. Take care of yourself and your family.  


NAMI NYS's Advocacy Day on March third was successful and productive. We joined New York State NAMIs to promote our 2020 Legislative Action Agenda.

Susan Sanford, Jean Jamate, Patty Papaleo, Joan Rowley, & Linda met with 

Assemblymember Michael Cusick, 
Assemblymember Michael Reilly, 
Senator Andrew Lanza, 
Assemblymember Charles Fall, 
Senator Diane Savino, and 
Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis 

to inform them how important mental health legislation and funding is to those who are affected by mental illness. Contact them to make your voice heard too. Just click here to access the Agenda .



Our 29th Annual Awards Celebration was a great success. It was truly a family reunion, a gathering of individuals connected by their desire to improve the lives of those who live with mental illness.

You made the evening so special, whether you sponsored the event, put an ad in the Journal, joined us at the dinner, bought a raffle ticket or made a donation, we thank you.

We were thrilled to recognize our Behavioral Health Nurses, Dr. Joel Idowu, Dr. Constance Salhany and Howard Weiner for their outstanding work and commitment to those we love and to our community. 

 NAMI Board member Pete Shiffman and Dr. Joel Idowu

NAMI Board member Joanne Pietro and Dr. Constance Salhany

Howard Weiner


Please consider supporting NAMI NYC Staten Island and our efforts to build better lives for all those affected by mental illness. Our FREE and unique programs and services provide the education, information, skills, and advocacy that changes lives and provides hope. We are a 501 C3 non profit and all donations are tax deductible.
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930 Willowbrook Rd. Bldg. 41A
Staten Island, MY 10314

Please use this link to sign up for our online Family to Family class starting October 2020COMMUNITY 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!