NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Support Groups (virtual)
Check our calendar for weekly updates.

Sharing & Caring Support Group: Mondays at 5:15-6:15PM, Leaders Angela and Janet, Questions: 516-326-0797 or email
Click to Register for password and log-in ID.

– Peer Support Group:
1&3 Thursday of the month at 5 PM
Every Wednesday at 1:45 PM
– Family Support Group:
1&3 Monday of the month at 1:45 PM
2&4 Wednesday of the month at 6 PM
– Partner/Spouse Support Group: 7/29 6:00 -730 PM
– Virtual Intro to Family to Family:
Tuesdays starting 6/23 at 6 PM, Mondays starting 6/29 at 10:45 AM
*If you are interested in spirituality please reach out to Ellen to confirm time and date. Leader: Ellen Ritz at or 516-330-9778
Family Support Group
Once per month – every Third Tuesday starting 7/21 at 7 PM
Leader: CarolAnn Viccora – or 516-221-6168


NAMI Basics
Is your child encountering difficulty in school? Do you feel your child has mental health challenges? Does your child seem irritable, depressed, anxious? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, NAMI Basics Education Program is meant for you. The program is designed for parents and family caregivers of people still in school.
To be put on our waiting list contact David Sills, President at 516-326-0797 or


UNITES will be hosting Virtual Socialization – Mondays, 6:30-7:30PM
Please check the calendar for details!
Leader: Janice Garfinkel, 516-326-0797 or email (please leave a message and someone will return your call with login information.)

Chair Yoga: Wednesdays, Twice a month from 10:00 – 10:45AM with Miriam
Please contact Janice Garfinkel for the password and log-in ID, 516-326-0797 or email

We will also be offering Family-to-Family classes virtually this Fall, details to follow.


July 30, 2020

NAMI eNews, JUL. 06, 2020, By Kylie M. Smith, Ph.D.

People with mental illness have always been discriminated against. They have been denied full participation in society and labeled as dangerous and criminal. Many have been locked in institutions that acted more like prisons designed to punish than hospitals designed to treat.

In the 1960s, a series of federal legislation and court cases tried to end this discrimination. In the process, these cases revealed how deep the inequalities ran.

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    To serve our global community who can’t attend our live events—we have added online training sessions to provide family caregivers, peers and professionals the anosognosia education and LEAP communication tools they need to create relationships with people struggling with mental illness.

    LEAP ONLINE Training Wed 9/16—Live With Q&A, Sep 16, 2020 12:00 PM

    LEAP ONLINE Training Sat 10/17—Live With Q&A, Oct 17, 2020 12:00 PM

    LEAP® (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner) is an evidence-based approach that shows you how to quickly gain the trust of someone you are at odds with.

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    NOTE: NAMI FaithNet helps to bring faith leaders from all dominations together to help address issues discussed in this article, because many faith leaders do not understand mental illness.

    NAMI eNews, JUL. 20, 2020, By Alicia Montgomery

    One of the oldest, and at times, only, emotional outlet and support for Black women has been the church. According to the Pew Research Center, 91% of Black Americans say religion is somewhat or very important in their lives,

    more » Read More, OPINION By Susannah Cahalan, July 22, 2020

    Considering he’s made a career out of provocation, it’s not easy to tell where Kanye West the showman ends and Kanye West the troubled man begins. But it’s clear by his latest behavior — his wild mood swings, his over-the-top statements and quick deletions — that we shouldn’t be laughing at him. Kanye West needs compassion, which, unfortunately, society offers little of to people with serious mental illness. 

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    This Award celebrates people and organizations creating real, meaningful change for children who struggle with mental health and learning disorders. Champion Award went to Bill Hader, his video discussing his anxiety disorder (below) went viral! Visionary Award went to Kenneth Cole, Community Award went to Erika’s Lighthouse and Outstanding Organization award went to NAMI – Thank you Child Mind Institute for recognizing all the hard work we all do in behalf of our community!

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