Education Events

We host public education events every month. And they’re free.

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If you’re interested in hosting or presenting an event or workshop with NAMI-NYC, please email Clara, our Outreach Coordinator, at ckiely@naminyc.org.

Upcoming Events

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Previous Events

January 15, 2021

Bedlam: A Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

Join us for a screening of “Bedlam”, a feature-length documentary that immerses us in the national crisis surrounding care of people with severe mental illness, followed by a panel discussion featuring speakers with both personal and professional expertise.

Our panel discussion focuses on housing issues, including the importance of high-quality supportive housing programs, the challenges of providing housing, and how the traumas of homelessness and incarceration continue to worsen this crisis. Our panelists include those who have experienced first-hand how beneficial a supportive environment can be in recovering from serious mental illness, as well as those who work to provide and advocate for those safe and supportive environments.

Our panelists:

  • Michael Andersson, NAMI-NYC In Our Own Voice Presenter, and Peer-to-Peer facilitator
  • Daniel H. Gillison Jr., CEO, NAMI National
  • Dr. Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, Director and Producer, BEDLAM
  • Sammy Davis Santana, Program Manager at Brooklyn Self Help, and Peer Specialist at the Brooklyn Peer Advocacy Center
Join us for Bedlam a documentary screening and discussion a free education event

Panel Discussion after "Bedlam" Screening

Discussion on the national crisis surrounding care of people with severe mental illness

January 6, 2021

Mental Health and Post-COVID Syndrome: Intersecting Issues

Are you – or someone you know – recovered from COVID-19, but still experiencing symptoms? Have you gone to a doctor, only to be told there is nothing wrong with you? Are you, or is someone you know, living with a mental illness?

Join Occupational Therapy students from Touro College to learn about persistent symptoms of COVID-19 and their intersection with mental health diagnoses. Gain information and insight into the world of “COVID-19 long-haulers,” along with those affected by mental illness. The presentation provides opportunities for each of us to strengthen our inner resilience during these unprecedented times.

You can watch the replay on NAMI-NYC’s Facebook page.

Touro College School of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Graduate Program is an accredited masters degree program. Occupational therapy provides assessment and intervention for the development, recovery, or maintenance of meaningful daily activities.

Mental Health and Post-COVID Syndrome Intersecting issues

December 10, 2020

Mayoral Candidate Forum on Mental Health

New York City is facing an alarming increase in mental health crises. Since the COVID pandemic and associated economic collapse, combined stresses in health, unemployment, small business failure, social isolation, and ongoing police abuses have all contributed to deepening the challenges facing New Yorkers. These challenges are particularly severe in communities of color, where there are already disparities in treatment and access to resources, and where there is often the most need.

Some critical issues for the mental health community:

  • Non-Police Responses to Mental Health Crises
  • Affordable and Quality Preventive Mental Health care
  • Affordable Housing

The next Mayor must recognize these challenges and work with communities disproportionately affected by mental health concerns to develop concrete, actionable plans to repair our broken public health system and provide comprehensive, culturally competent, recovery-oriented mental health services. At this Town Hall, we’ll also learn about candidate’s solution on issues, such as housing, policing, employment and education. Gaining more knowledge of our candidates will help us as we vote next year.

This event was not hosted by NAMI-NYC, but we are including the replay here as a public service.

December 9, 2020

Challenging Behaviors

In this workshop presented by United We Stand of New York, parents will learn what and how a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) can help address student’s challenging behaviors in school.

About United We Stand:
The mission of United We Stand of New York is to empower our communities’ diverse families and youth to advocate for themselves and their loved ones through providing and facilitating access to the help, resources, and services they need.

November 18, 2020

Overdose Prevention with Gracie Square Hospital

During this virtual presentation you will hear an addiction expert from Gracie Square Hospital discuss substance use, treatment options, the trajectory of the opioid epidemic and how COVID-19 has changed the landscape. Come learn about addiction and recovery before and after COVID.

Overdose Prevention With Gracie Square Hospital on 11820

November 12, 2020

First-Person Narratives of Mental Illness – A Virtual Reading

This public reading is the culmination of a five-week writing workshop, First-Person Narratives of Mental Illness. Participants have worked in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to share their own stories of illness, recovery, and the journey in between. The workshop was led by Cynthia-Marie Marmo O’Brien, whose work on faith, imagination, and depression was cited as notable by Best American Essays. This program was made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

First-Person Narratives of Mental Illness

November 10, 2020

Educate, Enlighten, Empower

In this uplifting program, Lady Charmaine Day shares how over a decade ago, she had a high pressure, corporate job which triggered her eleven hospitalizations, a serious mental health diagnosis of bipolar disorder and a 15 year medication regimen that didn’t work. But it also unlocked the secret that has changed her life, that even her advanced degree from both Columbia and Cornell could not bring her.

Educate, Empower, Enlighten

October 28, 2020

Treating Depression: Myths & Realities

Depression can be treated, but there are many misconceptions about what treatment looks like and how to access it. During this event you will hear from a clinician who himself has struggled with depression as well as an experienced psychiatrist; they will discuss effective treatments and dispel some of the myths surrounding depression, as well as answering questions. Come and learn from professionals in the field – our guests Denis G. Antoine II, MD, and W. Daniel Hale, PhD – who can speak both as providers and as patients.

Treating Depression Oct 28 2020

Treating Depression: Myths and Realities

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October 20, 2020

Mental Health Voters Matter

Now more than ever we need elected officials who support people impacted by mental illness. Voting is an important tool to make sure your voice is heard – hold elected officials accountable!

Learn about some of the most pressing issues facing the 1-in-5 Americans living with a mental illness – and why your vote is so important. You’ll hear from policy experts, and people with firsthand knowledge about the changes NYC’s mental health system desperately needs.

Panelists:

  • Matthew Shapiro: Associate Director, Public Affairs for the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New York State (NAMI-NYS)
  • Irving Campbell: Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Daris Garnes: Community Activist and NAMI-NYC Advocacy Ambassador
  • Katie Loeb: Budget Director, Council Member Carlina Rivera

Mental Health Voters Matter

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October 10, 2020

World Mental Health Day – In Our Own Voice

We need to talk about the stigma surrounding mental illness – not just in the United States, but worldwide.

NAMI-NYC has partnered with the Global Mental Health Peer Network on #WorldMentalHealthDay to present a special In Our Own Voice.

Speakers from both organizations share personal experiences – how they managed self-stigma, and stigma from others.

September 24, 2020

Talk Saves Lives – An introduction to suicide prevention

You’ll learn about the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what you can do in your community to save lives. You’ll learn common risk factors and warning signs of suicide, and how to keep yourselves and others safe.

“Talk Saves Lives” is an American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) program.

Our Speaker:
Dionne is the Executive Director of The Siwe Project, a mental health organization named after her late daughter, Siwe. She believes that telling her story continues her healing and keeps her daughter’s memory alive.

Dionne has been on the board of the NYC Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) since 2014.

Thank you to our co-hosts, the NYC Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Talk saves lives with AFSP NYC

September 10, 2020

In Our Own Voice – In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day

Hearing personal stories can be a powerful way to start a conversation about mental health. This special presentation in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day will deal with experiences of suicidal ideation, attempts, and losing loved ones to suicide.

A common thread in these stories is isolation, and being unable to talk about what was happening to anyone who would listen. We hope this open discussion will fight that isolation, and the shame that it can bring.

We know from these stories that pain and hope are intimately connected. Join us to hear from those who have come out the other side and experience the hope they share.

Co-sponsored by New York Public Library’s Chatham Square Branch.
World Suicide Prevention Day

Summer 2020

In Our Own Voice Summer Showcase

In Our Own Voice is a sixty minute presentation given by two trained volunteers who are living with serious mental health conditions. The presenters will talk about their experience of mental illness and recovery, as well as describing the mental health resources and services that are available locally at NAMI-NYC. Throughout the summer we will be showcasing the stories of many of our In Our Own Voice presenters!

In Our Own Voice Summer Showcase

August 5, 2020

Mental Health and Self-Advocacy in the Workplace During COVID-19

It can be hard to know how to navigate mental health issues at work and COVID-19 has only compounded the uncertainty. Join us for a conversation with a population health expert and a certified professional coach regarding the current state of “work”, going back to work, and the role that health and mental health concerns play. Our experts will discuss access to care, how COVID-19 has strained healthcare systems, provide tactical suggestions and strategies for self-advocacy around mental health, and answer questions from the audience.

Our presenters

Mental Health & Self-Advocacy in the Workplace During COVID-19

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July 28, 2020

Save Lives, Don’t Take Them – Removing the NYPD from the Mental Health Emergency Response System

Over the past weeks, New Yorkers’ demands to take power away from the police have risen to a crescendo. Too many families and individuals have been harmed by our over-reliance on a flawed system. Too many people in need have received handcuffs instead of help, especially people trying to get help for a mental health crisis.

NAMI-NYC and the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) co-hosted a panel discussion, as we analyzed the problems with our current mental health crisis response system and discuss potential solutions. Our goal was to examine the role of police and to envision crisis responses that help New Yorkers, rather than punishing them.

Our Panelists

Thank you to our co-sponsors – CCITNYC, VOCAL, Just Leadership, Fountain House, and Office of the Public Advocate.
Save Lives Don't Take Them - July 28 panel discussion

July 1, 2020

Supporting Minority Mental Health – A Discussion with NYC Policymakers of Color

To kick-off Minority Mental Health Awareness month, NAMI-NYC hosted a virtual panel discussion with policymakers of color who represent NYC, to further the conversation about minority mental health policy.

Our guests answered questions about:

  • How being a person of color impacted their own mental health
  • Why they believe paying attention to your mental health is important, especially in minority communities
  • What can be done to overcome the stigma surrounding mental health in minority communities
  • What policy changes are needed to support the mental health of BIPOC
  • How they’re working to support the mental health of New Yorkers during COVID-19
  • Policing in the city
  • Resources and tips for constituents – that’s you

Panelists:

Watch the replay on our Facebook here.

Supporting Minority Mental Health - A Discussion with NYC Policymakers of Color

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May 28, 2020

Managing Feelings of Uncertainty During Coronavirus

Do you feel like you’re stuck in limbo? You’re not alone. Cities are starting to open, but Coronavirus still lurks, and nobody knows when life will feel normal again. It’s hard to know in these uncertain times how we will be living next week, next month, or next year, and not knowing creates anxiety for most people. Join Mindworx experts – psychiatrist Dr. Lisa Berman, wellness coach Lisa Gilinsky, and co-founder David Amdurer – for a live discussion of what living in limbo means for our mental health.

Managing Feelings of Uncertainty During Coronavirus

May 19, 2020

Social Media, Screen Time, and Emotions During COVID – A Guide For Parents

A toolkit to help parents and other caregivers navigate digital wellness for youth during COVID, and a discussion on the challenges of parenting during the COVID-19 era.

Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, PhD, and #HalfTheStory founder, Larissa May. They are joined by documentary maker Delaney Ruston and her teen daughter Tessa Ruston. Ms. Ruston’s SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in The Digital Age is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions that work. Her daughter, Tessa, is a teen who is featured in the film. It explores their relationship navigating technology.

Get “Social Media, Screen Time, and Emotions During COVID – A Guide For Parents” digital download here.

Social Media, Screen Time, and Emotions During COVID - A Guide For Parents with #HalfTheStory

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May 11, 2020

COVID-19 and Our Mental Health

Many people are already referring to the COVID-19 pandemic as a traumatic event. How can we better understand what this means for our response both as a society and as individuals? How can we take care of our mental health when many of our regular coping mechanisms may be inaccessible due to social distancing?

We were joined by Teri Preddy, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Rebecca L. Berger, PhD, Clinical Director, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, both from MindWell NYC.

Watch the replay on Facebook here.

COVID19 and Our Mental Health

COVID-19 and Our Mental Health

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May 5, 2020

Supporting Student Stress, Worry & Mental Health During COVID-19

COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented planning for remote learning and school closures. Understandably, these events and the disruption in routine may increase worry and anxiety for students. Effective School Solutions, in partnership with NAMI-NYC, provided this webinar for educators and parents. Their clinical staff offered tips and advice about stress, anxiety and mental health to help support students and families during this time.

This included tips about:

  • Recognizing signs of stress and anxiety
  • Talking about COVID-19 to young people
  • Structuring unstructured time
  • Seeking help and online resources

Listen to the recording here.

Supporting Students During COVID19

April 15, 2020

Insomnia and Mental Health

Ask The Doctor

Everyone is experiencing major disruptions in their normal routines. Being stuck at home makes it easy to fall into bad sleep habits, which can then have mental health implications. On the other hand, the mental health effects of the stress, anxiety, and disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic can manifest as new or increased sleep difficulties.

Get tools and suggestions to help maintain equilibrium in this difficult time. Dr. Anna Womack, of the Manhattan Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, talked about the connection between sleep and mental illness from a clinical perspective. She discussed sleep hygiene, the different ways that various mental health conditions can affect sleep, and a range of evidence-based interventions.

Quality of sleep has a huge impact on mental health - and mental health also impacts sleep. And we know everyone is struggling with this these days. Join us April 15 on Zoom and Ask the Doctor your questions. Click for info >>

Insomnia and Mental Health – Ask the Doctor

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February 26, 2020

Options For A Loved One In Crisis

Ask The Lawyer

In serving family members, we often hear questions about what to do when a loved one discontinues mental health treatment, behaves in a way that is harmful to themselves or other people, and/or cannot function in the community without assistance. In some cases there are legal tools that can help families protect and support their loved ones. At this bi-monthly Ask The Expert event, attorneys Jamie A. Rosen and Julie Stoil-Fernandez discussed Kendra’s Law (also referred to as Assisted Outpatient Treatment or AOT), Mental Hygiene Warrants and adult guardianship.

Ask The Lawyer - Options For A Loved One In Crisis

Saturday July 13, 2019

In recognition of Minority Mental Health Month, NAMI-NYC held our 5th annual community mental health fair—NAMI C.A.R.E.S. (Community Advocacy, Resources, Education, & Services). This year went to Harlem to the Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center in Manhattan.
The goal of NAMI C.A.R.E.S. is to highlight mental health issues which specifically face communities of color.  Through storytelling and presentations, we show you that help is available, and recovery for people living with mental health challenges is possible.  We connect you to local resources that specialize in serving diverse populations, and are available in your neighborhood.

Workshops:

In Our Own Voice

In Our Own Voice changes attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes, by describing the reality of living with a mental illness, from people who are living it. You’ll get insight into the hope, and recovery, possible. With Cynthia Scott and Lady Charmaine Day.

NAMI CARES Fair 2019 In Our Own Voice

Self-Care and Self-Compassion

Self-compassion and self-advocacy are crucial components of self-care. But sometimes they are the hardest to practice. Maxine Outerbridge will help you awaken a sense of compassion towards yourself, and advocate for your own needs. Learn skills to support your own emotional well-being in the midst of day-to-day stress!

Mothers of Color and Their Mental Health—Advocating for Ourselves

Alicia James will lead a community discussion of the specific pressures and challenges that mothers of colors face and the effects of those pressure and challenges on mental health. The discussion will use a combination of video clips and thoughtful questions to encourage participants to share their own stories and experiences.

NAMI CARES Fair 2019 Alicia James

Our Panelists

Joseph Williams is working on a public health fellowship exploring incarceration as trauma and its effects on mental health. He graduated from Columbia after being incarcerated himself and he currently works as a Mobile Crisis Team social worker, and participates in “My Brother’s Keeper,” developing social-emotional skills with young men of color.

Tina Luongo is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice of The Legal Aid Society. As the Chief Defender of the nation’s largest and oldest public defender office, Tina is responsible for leading a passionate and dedicated staff of over 1100 responsible for representing more than 200,000 people in their trial, post-conviction and parole matters. In addition, Tina oversees two law reforms units that mount class action litigation and legislative advocacy for jail, prison and criminal legal system reforms. Her deep commitment to community engagement lead to the expansion of the organization’s Community Justice Unit. Under her leadership, The Legal Aid Society opened the first-ever defense focused Digital Forensic Unit, launched both the Cop Accountability and Decarceration Projects and increased the capacity of every trial office to provide the highest quality representation to clients. She is dedicated to increasing the diversity of the public defense workforce and is integrally involved in The Legal Aid Society’s efforts to achieve pay parity with City and State government legal staff. She has been an active and public voice in the movement to ensure impacted communities drive the dialogue and discourse on criminal justice and does not shy away from calling out the racial inequities that are oppressing communities in NYC and across the nation.

In addition to her work at LAS, Tina is active in many bar associations and professional organizations that promote our profession. She is a Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Women in Criminal Justice Task Force, President of the Chief Defender Association of New York, a member of the NLADA Defender Council and a Steering Committee member of the National Association for Public Defense.

Hon. Marcia P. Hirsch is the Presiding Judge of the Queens Drug Treatment Court, the DWI Treatment Court, the Mental Health Court, the Veterans Court and the Drug Diversion Court. She was appointed to the New York Court of Claims in March, 2005 and was assigned to Queens Supreme Court, Criminal Term. She presided over hearings and trials before she was assigned to the therapeutic courts in October, 2005. Judge Hirsch has lectured extensively on therapeutic justice, trauma-informed courts, and procedural justice. She is a past president of the New York Association of Treatment Court Professionals. She joined the faculty of the National Judicial College in 2015.

Judge Hirsch is a graduate of Union College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law. She served for nine years on the Rockville Centre School Board and also was a member of her community’s Drug & Alcohol Task Force. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Hirsch was the General Counsel and Deputy Commissioner at the New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal. Before that, she was in private practice for many years.

Erica Weissman, J.D., Psy.D., is Director of Student Mental Health Services and Associate Professor at Touro College, New York, and maintains a private practice in forensic psychology. At Touro College, she has taught graduate courses in research methods and in the theory and practice of individual and group psychotherapy. As a longtime Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Forensic Psychology master’s program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, she taught graduate courses in forensic psychology and family violence. She has served as the Unit Chief of the Forensic Psychiatry Service at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York; Clinical Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Service at Bellevue Hospital in New York, New York; and Director of Quality Improvement for Bellevue Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry. As a forensic examiner, she has conducted numerous evaluations for cases in state and federal courts, focusing on competency to stand trial, mental state defenses, and sentencing issues, including risk assessments. Before becoming a clinical psychologist, she was a practicing attorney.