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For Individuals living with Mental Illness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These NAMI programs are designed for Individuals living with Mental Illness:

Peer to Peer is a mental health, wellness and recovery program open to any adult (18+) with a mental health condition. It provides participants with education, skills and support to enhance their lives. Participants learn how to strengthen relationships, balance changing health care needs and better understand their mental health and recovery.

The course includes:

Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. Mentors are trained in an intensive three day training session and are supplied with teaching manuals.

Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.

Please check the calendar for open groups

Please send us an email or visit the calendar and click on the class page that works for your schedule. Fill in all of the information requested and you will be placed on our “Group Interest List”. Someone from the NAMIQN office will call you to complete the registration process and confirm that this group is best for you. Please contact us for more detail, Office@namiqn.org


UNITES by NAMI

NAMI Queens/Nassau is pleased to announce the ground breaking socialization group called Unites by NAMI. Unites offers adults struggling with their mental health a place where they can socialize, meet people with similar interests, and have fun. “Unites has been a major part of my recovery” or “Unites gives me something to look forward to” are just some of the comments from those who participate in the program. Our program combats loneliness and isolation by offering group activities where members make connections with others and form a support system. One of our beliefs at Unites is “Don’t let your struggle become your
identity”.

 

We offer many activities where members can create friendships and bond. Our on-going activities take place on Monday nights from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Sloman Auditorium. Game Night, Karaoke, Art, Creative Writing, Gentle Yoga and knitting are a few of our Monday night events. Attendance is free as long as you’re a member and everyone is welcome to partake in a light meal or snack while participating in the fun.

 

Game Night is one of the favorites at Unites. We have a variety of games and you can choose what you want to play depending on your interests. Many people also enjoy the challenge of learning games they have never played before. Game Night is a great way to engage socially and find people with similar interests.
Karaoke Night gives participants a chance to express their feelings by sharing their favorite songs with others. Songs can be sung independently, as a duet or as a group effort. In addition to learning new songs, we also get to listen to some talented singers. Creative writing gives our writers a chance to express themselves by writing down their feelings or using their imagination to create a story. Participants are given the chance to share their writing and many times during discussions we learn that we are not alone in our feelings. Everyone is encouraged to keep writing outside the class and share.
Celebrating holidays and special events with our peers is a big part of what we do. We have our annual Halloween Party which includes costume contests, creepy games, and Halloween treats. Thanksgiving was celebrated with a pot-luck dinner and our Winter holiday event always includes food, music and dancing.
We schedule trips to Dave & Busters in Westbury where we partake in a delicious buffet dinner, then go off to play the unlimited games that are offered. We also sponsor special events based on the interest of our members. such as sports, cooking and art. If you know someone who is struggling, please let them know about our program and how we are always looking for people to share in our experiences and join in the fun. “Your illness does not define you – your strength and courage does.”

 

To learn more please call the NAMI Queens/Nassau office or email, office@namiqn.org


NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free, 60- or 90-minute presentation.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI In Our Own Voice adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. Going to this presentation will provide you:

  • A first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
  • A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.

What People are Saying

“Amazing presentation with amazing presenters! You 100% erased any stigma I used to associate with mental illness.”

“Several of the mental health staff stated that they saw recovery as a real option—for the first time ever.”

“Participating in the IOOV program is the single most effective thing I am doing to maintain my mental health. Time after time I see the audience respond with curiosity and interest. I know I am changing the face of mental illness and that I have transformed my pain into the power to make a difference.”

If you would like to host a NAMI In Our Own Voice presentation, contact Office@namiqn.org If the presentation isn’t already available, ask to bring it to your community.

Applications are now available for training for NAMI In Our Own Voice. The training will be at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harriman, NY. You must have completed online training prior to submitting the application. If you are interested in applying for the program, email David Sills: sills.nami@gmail.com.

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