Public Education Events

NAMI C.A.R.E.S. Community Mental Health Fair

To celebrate Minority Mental Health Month, we hosted the second annual NAMI C.A.R.E.S. (Community Advocacy, Resources, Education & Services) Community Mental Health Fair on Saturday, July 16. Mental health care should be available to all, but we know there are substantial barriers to accessing quality care for many. The fair will highlight mental health issues that specifically impact communities of color. We want to increase awareness of local community-based services, and connect people immediately to resources.

You can look at photos from the event here–what a great day it was!

Come for family-friendly activities, get answers to questions about mental health from experts, and free medical and mental health screenings.

Saturday, July 16, 2016
12 pm – 4 pm
Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center
530 West 166th Street at Audubon Avenue

12:30pm — ‘NAMI In Our Own Voice’

Presenters: Arlene Day and Sonja van Breda

Listen to first-hand accounts of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. The co-presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible, and common, to live well with mental illness. This interactive session provides a chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispels stereotypes and misconceptions. (45 minutes)

1:30pm — ‘More Than a Band Aid: Mothers Living With Depression & Anxiety as a result of Domestic Violence’

Presenter: Sherri Papamihali, Trauma Therapist and Clinical Supervisor – Safe Horizon

Our presenter will discuss methods of physical and emotional recovery from domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Safe Horizon’s mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. (45 minutes)

2:30pm — ‘Young LGBT Adults Coping with Trauma & Mental Illness’

Presenters: Johnny Guaylupo, Assistant Program Director for Youth Services – Housing Works; Dior Vargas, Activist & Creator – People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project; Diana Viglucci, Youth & Programs Coordinator – NAMI-NYC Metro

An open discussion around experiences and trauma of LGBT young adults of color that lead to long-term stress related to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our presenters will also focus on the development of coping skills to help offset internalized fears from being targets of or witnesses to verbal and physical assaults, discrimination, and other homophobic behavior. (45 minutes)

We are partnering with several mental health-focused organizations serving the Washington Heights community.


Questions: Contact the NAMI-NYC Metro Helpline at (212) 684-3264