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Upcoming Events

Please check back – new events added monthly.

Media Depictions of Mental Illness: A Community Discussion

Movies and TV shape our perceptions and expectations of both others and ourselves. Seeing ourselves reflected on screen can be powerfully validating; when our experiences are ridiculed, distorted, or simply don’t appear at all, it can be devastating.

Join us for a series of conversations about media depictions of mental illness and how those depictions affect real people trying to understand their own stories.

We will watch selected short video clips, hear reactions from panelists who live with the diagnoses being depicted, and hear from you about what makes a story resonate with you. Please note: you can preview the clips on the Eventbrite pages.

Our first conversation on December 8 centers on depictions of obsessions, compulsions, and intrusive thoughts. Then join us on December 15 to discuss depictions of depression and mania.

Wednesday, December 8, from 6 to 7pm ET via Zoom

Click here to RSVP for depictions of OCD and get the link to connect.

Wednesday, December 15, from 1:30 to 2:30pm ET via Zoom

Click here to RSVP for depictions of mania and depression and get the link to connect.

Previous Events

November 11, 2021

Understanding Prolonged Grief Disorder and its Treatment

Grief is normal after the loss of someone close. However, sometimes the grieving process is derailed or becomes stuck, and a grieving person is unable to come to terms with their loss for an extended period of time.

The American Psychiatric Association recently announced the inclusion of a new diagnosis of Prolonged Grief Disorder in DSM5-TR. Learn more about this diagnosis and its treatment. Dr. Kathy Shear, Director of the Center for Complicated Grief, developed a time-limited therapy for PGD that has been proven efficacious in multiple NIMH-funded studies. She will speak about Prolonged Grief Disorder, including how it differs from other mental health issues. Grief and loss are universal experiences – we hope you join us to learn more.

Understanding Prolonged Grief Disorder and its Treatment

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October 14, 2021

Improving Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

More than 2 in 100 (2%) of Americans will experience OCD during their lifetime. Nonetheless, the disorder remains misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and stigmatized.

Hear from researchers and advocates dedicated to improving care for OCD. Whether or not you or a loved one is diagnosed with OCD, join us during OCD Awareness Week for clinical and personal perspectives on how we can all help close a gap in the mental health system.

Our Speakers

  • Dr. Blair Simpson
  • Dr. Sapana Patel
  • Mr. Louis Horowitz

Improving Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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September 20, 2021

Motivational Interviewing for Families and Loved Ones

Seeing loved ones struggle with their mental health can be heart breaking, especially if they are reluctant to take medication or accept other kinds of help.

A communication strategy called motivational interviewing is widely used by health professionals to enhance people’s motivation to make healthy changes. Dr. Emily Kline has developed a motivational interviewing-inspired curriculum for family members of people with mental illness. In this workshop, Dr. Kline will teach these skills and share her research findings.

Our Speaker
Dr. Emily Kline is a psychologist, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, and the director of psychological services for the Wellness and Recovery After Psychosis Clinic at Boston Medical Center. She is an expert on early intervention in psychosis and in the needs of families dealing with mental illness. Her research focuses on mental health care access, treatment outcomes, and family communication.

Motivational Interviewing for Families and Loved Ones

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September 2, 2021

Intro to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Heard of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), but want to learn more? Join us for an overview of this evidence-based approach. Get a sense of what DBT is, its uses, and how it can benefit you and your loved ones. We’ll look at DBT from both the provider perspective, with psychiatrist Dr. Bianca Nguyen, and from a recipient’s perspective, with CBC Training Institute Director Emily Grossman. This presentation will be informative and hands-on.

Our Speakers

  • Dr. Bianca Nguyen is a psychiatrist dedicated to social justice and improving access and quality of behavioral health care through partnership, education, and innovation. She is currently the Medical Director of Coordinated Behavioral Care (CBC). In addition to this role, she serves as Medical Director at New Beginnings, Samaritan Daytop Village’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) in the south Bronx.
  • Emily Grossman, MA, CPRP, has worked in mental health for over a decade, beginning on the “front lines” as a peer specialist in community mental health in NJ. Currently, Emily is the Director of the Training Institute at Coordinated Behavioral Care (CBC), and has a small private peer specialist practice.

Intro to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

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July 29, 2021

COVID, Racism, and Xenophobia and the Impact on Asian American Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled an undeniable rise in xenophobia and anti-Asian racism, taking the form of everything from microaggressions to physical violence. This fear and violence has an impact on mental health — on top of the effects of COVID losses and lockdowns. This event helps the audience better understand the effect of these societal forces on individual, family, and community mental health. We also discuss how Asian-American communities can better access support and how community bonds can be strengthened.

Our speakers

  • Linh An, PhD is the Executive Director of the Chinese-American Family Alliance for Mental Health (CAFAMH), an organization that has served Chinese Americans in NYC for over eighteen years.
  • Carolina Đỗ is an actor, playwright, producer, and community organizer. She a founding Producing Artistic Leader of The Sống Collective.
  • Vanessa Li, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of The Pond, a private group practice that makes individual and group therapy as well as creative arts therapy accessible to the community.
  • Karen Mok is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of The Cosmos, a community for Asian women to care for themselves, their community, and their world.
COVID Racism & Xenophobia and the Impact on Asian American Mental Health

COVID, Racism, & Xenophobia, and the Impact on Asian American Mental Health

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June 8, 2021

Adolescent Social Media Use and Suicide Risk – AFSP NYC Chapter Research Connection

Rates of suicide among adolescents have increased over the past decade. This increase has coincided with the widespread adoption of social media, leading many to question a potential link. However, researchers have only recently begun to investigate associations between teenagers’ social media use and risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the current state of the research literature on this topic, highlighting the latest findings, as well as gaps in knowledge that still remain. Dr. Jacqueline Nesi will discuss the ways in which youths’ peer relationships are being shaped by digital tools, and potential implications of these changes for youth suicide risk. She will present recent findings from her AFSP-funded fellowship examining the social media experiences of adolescents with recent suicidal ideation or behavior. Her work utilizes qualitative interviews, self-report measures, and analysis of social media data to identify online social factors that may create risk for, or protect against, suicidal thoughts and behavior among adolescents.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Nesi, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her BA in Psychology from Harvard University. Dr. Nesi’s research examines the role of social media in adolescents’ peer relationships and mental health, with a focus on depression and suicidal thoughts and behavior. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). She has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Adolescent Health and Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Adolescent social media use and suicide risk

May 19, 2021

The Future of Workplace Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended every facet of our lives, including causing a tectonic shift in where and how we work. As more people receive the vaccine, workplaces are exploring what the new normal will look like and how to best support their staff during this transition. This panel will convene high-level leadership from various organizations to explore the future of mental health in the workplace and share best practices for how organizations can promote mental health and resilience during the next phase of recovery.

Moderator: Rachael Steimnitz, Director, Workplace Mental Health, NAMI-NYC


The Future of Workplace Mental Health

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May 17, 2021

Family & COVID – No One Said It Would Be Easy

Many of our relationships have been tested over the last year, and family relationships are no exception. Join us for a conversation about families, lock-down, and mental health, focused on how families can support and have supported each other, how communities and workplaces factor in, and where we go from here.

A moderated conversation between María Bautista, LCSW, and Pam Berman, Chief Talent Officer at Publicis Health on family relationships, COVID-19, and mental health.

About Our Speakers
Maria Bautista, LCSW-R, is a Latinx/Dominican bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in NY, licensed in NY, PA, MA, FL & MD. Maria is the owner of Concordia Therapy LCSW, PLLC, a private practice in NY. She has experience in child welfare, community mental health, private practice and clinical supervision. Maria provides counseling that is creative and collaborative to accommodate each person’s distinctive needs, experiences, and strengths. Maria has experience working with LatinX, millennials, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ communities. Maria seeks to destigmatize and decolonize mental health by using a culturally affirming/anti-oppressive framework in her clinical work with clients and in clinical supervision.

Pamela Berman is Chief Talent Officer of Publicis Health, overseeing 2,000 employees in 11 different agency brands. She specializes in leadership coaching & consulting, talent management, succession planning, compensation, employee relations, and talent acquisition. Pamela grew up and lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Family and COVID - No One Said It Would Be Easy

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May 10, 2021

The Troubled History of Schizophrenia: How Race Shaped an Illness

Schizophrenia as a diagnosis is only around one hundred years old. However, over that time period there have been drastic changes in whom the diagnosis is applied to and how it is used. How did a diagnosis that originally carried connotations of creative eccentricity instead become associated with aggression and violence?

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, please join us for a presentation by an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology at Columbia University to learn about the brief, but troubled history of schizophrenia. We will discuss how and why the diagnosis has been applied unevenly, the role of race in diagnosis, and the implications for how individuals are treated. Examining this history is crucial to both understanding our present-day mental health system and to destigmatizing an often-misunderstood condition.

About Our Speaker
Dr. Stephen Smith is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. He obtained his Doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center. After completing his doctorate, Dr. Smith went on to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his postdoctoral training. Dr. Smith’s training and expertise have focused on providing recovery-focused therapeutic approaches through a structural and cultural competency lens. He has specific interests in exploring issues related to racial disparities in psychiatric practices, including bias in assessments of violence. Dr. Smith currently works as clinical trainer for an early intervention program at Columbia University. He also has a small Brooklyn-based private practice where he provides psychotherapy specifically for men of color.

Troubled History of Schizophrenia

The Troubled History of Schizophrenia: How Race Shaped an Illness

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April 22, 2021

Ask the Experts: Supportive Housing

Finding appropriate, safe, and stable housing can be a recurring struggle for people dealing with mental health issues. Supportive and supported housing – housing with built-in mental health services that can offer different levels of support – tries to address this issue. Hear from supportive housing experts, who will discuss what supportive housing is, who is eligible, the application process, and what it looks like to live there.

Our panelists:

Ask the Experts Supportive Housing Thursday April 22 at 4pm ET

Ask the Experts: Supportive Housing

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March 25, 2021

Understanding Trauma and Psychosis

Understanding trauma can go a long way towards understanding mental illness. During this presentation, conducted by Dr. Dolores Malaspina, director of the Psychosis Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, you will learn about the intersection of trauma and psychosis, and how trauma-informed care can help those experiencing psychosis. Dr. Malaspina will bring to the fore her experience as a family member as well as her extensive research experience.

Understanding Trauma and Psychosis on March 25 at 6pm Eastern

Understanding Trauma and Psychosis

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February 13, 2021

Technology and Mental Health: Student Perspectives

NAMI-NYC and Crossroads Initiative invite you to hear first-hand perspectives on student mental health and technology. Hear from current and recently graduated high school and college students who have struggled with mental health challenges, and from a school professional about her perspective on student mental health.

Topics discussed:

  • Issues specific to young people dealing with mental health struggles
  • How school environments contribute to mental health issues and how they do/can help support students who are struggling
  • How COVID and the switch to online schooling have changed how young people take care of their mental health and how technology has helped and made it harder
  • How social media impacts mental health
  • How parents or family members can support young people

About Crossroads Initiative: Crossroads is a student-founded nonprofit dedicated to decreasing mental health stigma one step at a time through student-made magazines and video productions.

Technology & Mental Health - Student Perspectives

Technology and Mental Health: Student Perspectives

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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.

Challenging Behaviors

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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.


  • 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


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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.


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.