February 12th is NAMI NYS' 2019 Legislative Advocacy Day
This is the day to join other 
advocates to project our message on how to improve the mental health system in NYS, Changes in the legislature provide a climate for passing the legislation we have been advocating for in previous sessions such as access to appropriate medication, criminal justice issues and enacting Extreme Risk Protection Orders. We are concerned about the lack of funding for the mental health workforce, housing programs and services also. Our collective voice is stronger than any one of us... join us! We will be driving up to Albany, breakfast, and lunch are provided. Call Linda at 718-477-1700 for info. 
Click here to register for the 2019 Legislative Advocacy Day and to download the 2019 Advocacy Guide, to learn about the 2019 Advocacy Agenda and the importance and tools for telling your story. Together we make a difference.

Join us on Wednesday, February 13th at 7 PM to hear about SIPAC (Staten Island Peer Advocacy Center). They are now offering groups free of charge to the community at a new site in the community. There is more information below. They are located at: 
(C-Town Shopping Center) 
 
2071 Clove Rd, Suite 204. They can be reached at 
(718) 442-6100
The event will be held at the Elizabeth Connelly Resource Center. Room #7. Directions below.

We will now be offering NAMI Connections weekly. Ken will be facilitating the group, starting 2/23, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 1:30- 3:00 PM at the Elizabeth A. Connelly Resource Center. 

Congratulations 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. 


FAMILY TO FAMILY Course
NAMI's evidence-based program "Family-to-Family Education Course,"  is held at the Holy Rosary Parish, 85 Jerome Ave., Staten Island, New York 10305. Please call if you're interested in taking a future class (718) 477-1700.

MONTHLY FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
First Wednesday of the month at 5 PM at Curtis High School, 105 Hamilton Ave

Meeting of caregivers and friends of people living with mental illness where participants can talk frankly about their challenges and help one another through learned wisdom. The group is facilitated by trained NAMI members. There is no need to register for this group.

WEDNESDAY FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesdays 7 PM - 8:15P except for 2nd Wednesday, 
when there is an information meeting.

Wednesday night Family Support Group meets at the Elizabeth A. Connelly Community Resource Center EACCRC.

 

EACCRC

930 Willowbrook Road, 

Building 41A

Room 7

 

Directions

From Staten Island Expressway to Bradley Avenue, Exit 11

Follow service road to 2nd traffic light and make left onto Woolley Avenue

Go three traffic lights and make a Right turn onto Willowbrook Road

 

From Victory Blvd.

Turn onto Woolley Avenue towards the Staten Island Expressway. After Expressway go three traffic lights and make a Right turn onto Willowbrook Road.

 

From Forest Hill Road 

make a Left turn onto Willowbrook Road

 

then

Make first left turn (very close) 930 Willowbrook Road, go through gate and make left at stop sign.

Follow the road around the bend. The first building on the right with the blue awning is Building 41A. 

Walk straight past Conference Room, around the bubble, the support group is in room 7 on the right.


Meeting of caregivers and friends of people living with mental illness where participants can talk frankly about their challenges and help one another through learned wisdom. The group is facilitated by trained NAMI members. There is no need to register for this group.

NAMI CONNECTION RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP
1st, 3rd & 5th Saturday 1:30 PM - 3 PM
YMCA, 651 Broadway, Staten Island, NY

2nd & 4th Saturday of the month 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Elizabeth Connelly Resource Center (see above directions).

Recovery support group for people living with mental illness where participants learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies and offer one another encouragement and understanding. The group is facilitated by trained NAMI members. 

INTERFAITH PRAYER GROUP
3rd Saturday of the month 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 10 Austin Place, Staten Island, NY


LGBT SUPPORT GROUP
Starting February 6th, the group will meet Wednesdays from 1 to 2 PM at the SIPAC office at 2071 Clove Road, Suite 204. Please call 718-442-6100 for more information. 

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!