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November 14, 2017

What Families Can Expect When A Loved One Is Caught Up in the Criminal Justice System

Our November 15th, Meeting begins at 7:00 PM, all are welcome but please register and let us know you are coming.

Speakers are:

Dr. Elizabeth Ford, Chief of Service, Dept. of Psychiatry, Riker’s Island

John Gallagher, Deputy Warden in Command, Mental Health Observation areas, Riker’s Island

Joseph Rogate, Assistant Clinical Director, Counseling Services of the Eastern District of NY, Hempstead

Dr. Mardoche Sidor, Medical Director of CASES, Assistant Read More

    First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical ‘Big Brother’

    A wearable sensor patch made by Proteus Digital Health is part of the Abilify digital pill study. Proteus Digital Health By PAM BELLUCK November 13, 2017

    For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill — a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors whether, and when, patients take their medicine.

    The approval, announced late on Monday, marks a significant advance in the growing field of digital Read More

    Mental Health Myths and Facts

    Can you tell the difference between a mental health myth and fact? Learn the truth about the most common mental health myths.

    Mental Health Problems Affect Everyone

    Myth: Mental health problems don’t affect me.

    Fact: Mental health problems are actually very common. In 2014, about:

    One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression One in 25 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Read More
    Please join us Saturday, November 11, 2017 to Honor Long Island’s Veterans Behind Bars, see attached flyer for more details. Read More

    When you have both a mental health issue such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia and a substance abuse problem such as with alcohol, opioid or prescription dependency, it is called a Co-Occurring Disorder (COD). Some common examples of Co-Occurring Disorders include the combinations of major depression with cocaine addiction, borderline personality disorder with multi drug abuse, and schizophrenia with alcoholism or drug addiction.

    According to the literature: • Of the nine million Americans affected by COD, only 7.4% receive modern Read More

    On October 7, 2017 New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra presented Ellen Ritz, Acting President of NAMI Queens/Nassau, with an award proclaiming her to be a “Woman of Distinction”. The award recognizes individuals who give exemplary service and help their communities grow and flourish through their vision, dedication and drive.

    In presenting the award, Assemblymen Ra noted Ellen’s service as Acting President of NAMI Queens/Nassau, her role as a member of NAMI New York State’s Board of Directors, her teaching Read More

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