Mental Health Support During COVID19: NAMI-NYC Updates

Because of the increase in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in NYC, we understand this impacts many people in our community, including those who are affected by mental illness.

Although our physical location is closed for the time being, we are still here for you. In times of crisis, having support you can count on is vitally important. We still offer a variety of support resources to help you or a loved one with general or COVID-related mental health concerns.

Contact Our Helpline

Our Helpline is available as a source of information and support.  You can call us from 10 am to 6 pm – or email us anytime. Call us at 212-684-3264. If you reach our voicemail, please leave a message and we’ll get right back to you. Or you can email us at the button below.

We are offering our weekday support groups by phone. Please see below for when and how to dial-in. This section will be updated every week.

Support Groups March 30 to April 4

Wednesday 6pm-7:30
NAMI Connection
Peer support group for adults living with mental illness.
Connect via Zoom

Wednesday 6pm-7:30
Young Adult Support Group
For people ages 18 to 30 with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis.
Connect via Zoom

Thursday 6:30-8pm
Bipolar Support Group
Peer support for successful living for individuals with bipolar disorder.
Connect via Zoom

Friday 2:15pm-3:15
NAMI-NYC Wellness Chats
A place for anyone who needs to connect. Share how you’re handling life these days – your wellness, your mood…the good, the not-so-good, and the in-between. Share how you’re coping, and reduce stress and anxiety during these challenging times. We all must physically distance, but at NAMI-NYC Wellness Chats, you can still connect.
Connect via Zoom

Friday 3:30pm-5
Hearing Voices
Peer support for anyone who identifies as a voice hearer. This is the only open group for voice hearers in NYC.
Connect via Zoom

Saturday 1pm-2:30
Parents of Children & Young Adults
This peer-run self-help group offers support and practical information, and is facilitated by a parent of a child with mental health needs. Share your experiences and learn coping strategies from other parents.
Connect via Zoom

Additional Information & Resources

March 12, 2020

Dear NAMI-NYC community,

Because of the increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in NYC, we are taking a cautious approach – so NAMI-NYC closed our office until further notice, effective Friday March 13, 2020. We made this decision based on current guidance from the New York City Department of Health and New York State that limiting contact is a sound practice. The health and safety of our program participants, volunteers, staff, and community at large is our utmost priority – now, and always – which is why we made this decision.

However, we are still here for you. In times of crisis, having support you can count on is vitally important.

Our Helpline continues to be available as a source of information and support.  As always, you can call us from 10 am to 6 pm – or email us anytime. Reach us at 212-684-3264 or helpline@naminyc.org. If you reach our voicemail, please leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Many of our weekday Support Groups are available by phone.

All other NAMI-NYC programs – regardless of location – are suspended until further notice. This suspension includes all classes, Saturday social groups, public education events, and community presentations.

Our staff will continue to work remotely, and will be available to respond to email and calls during the work day.

Take Care of Your Mental AND Physical Health

We also encourage you to get information from reliable sources. It is important to get accurate information – for the health of you, your family, and the community – and to not spread rumors or false information.

The anxiety and existential depression from events like this virus can be difficult to deal with. If you need to talk with someone, call or email our Helpline. Take breaks from news and social media. Give yourself a chance to slow down.

We will continue to update you as plans change.

Meanwhile, take care of yourself and each other.

Sincerely,
The NAMI-NYC staff