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All of our programs are running online, due to coronavirus (COVID-19) in NYC.

If you have questions about mental health challenges, NAMI NYC can help.

We help families and individuals affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.

We offer classes, support groups, and phone-based Mentor Match programs for family members.

Every service NAMI offers is available free of charge to anyone who needs it.

Have questions? Contact our Helpline at 212-684-3264 or helpline@naminyc.org.

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    Homefront Course

    NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session class for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.

    The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. Class topics include:

    • Basics about the brain and mental illness.
    • Understanding trauma.
    • Treatment systems and services including an overview of the D.O.D. military Health System, the VA, and civilian mental healthcare systems.
    • Problem-solving and communication skills.
    • Self-care and advocacy.

    “You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.”

    For information about the next Homefront course, please call the Helpline at 212-684-3264.

    El Programa de pareo para padres

    ¿Tiene Ud. Un hijo o una hija de corta edad o adolescente con problemas de conducta o de salud mental? ¿Se siente solo/a o agobiado/a?

    EL PROGRAMA DE PAREO PARA PADRES DE NAMI-NYC METRO PUEDE AYUDARLO/A

    Somos muchos los que ya hemos pasado por ese infortunio y estamos aquí para darle apoyo emocional SIN NINGÚN COSTO. Ni siquiera hace falta que Ud. deje su hogar para recibir este apoyo. Nosotros nos comunicaremos con Ud. Por teléfono — AYUDA ENTRE PADRES Y MADRES

    El Programa de Colaboración entre Padres de NAMI-NYC le pondrá en contacto con un padre o una madre que tiene un hijo o una hija con un diagnóstico parecido a su hijo o hija o que haya tenido que pasar por los mismos problemas que le agobian.

    Ese Padre o esa Madre:

    • Le ofrecerá apoyo emocional
    • Escuchará su historia
    • Compartirá con Ud. sus experiencias
    • Le dará ideas de cómo protegerse a sí mismo/a
    • Le dará ideas de cómo proteger a su hijo/a y obtener los mejores servicios sociales disponibles

    LLAMEN HOY A LA LÍNEA DE AYUDA DE NAMI-NYC: 212-684-3264 Y PIDA QUE LE COMUNIQUEN CON UN PADRE O UNA MADRE QUE PUEDA AYUDARLE

    Helpline

    The NAMI-NYC Helpline provides support, information, referrals to community resources, and to NAMI-NYC’s own services, for individuals with mental health issues, and for their families. The Helpline is staffed by trained volunteers who have personal experience with the mental health system. Information about NAMI-NYC’s supports and services, mental illnesses, medication, treatment, and community resources is mailed upon request.

    212-684-3264
    helpline@naminyc.org
    Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm
    Please note: Memorial Day to Labor Day Friday schedule is 10am – 2pm

    Kenneth Johnson Memorial Research Library

    Dedicated in the memory of Patricia Warburg Cliff’s son, Kenneth, the Kenneth Johnson Memorial Research Library (KJM Library) serves the research needs and reading pleasure of consumers and their families, professionals in the field, and the general public. Located in the NAMI-NYC office, the library is home to over 1,000 reference materials, self-help books, autobiographies, educational videos and four computers equipped with Internet access.

    Mondays – Fridays, 10:00 am — 5:30 pm

    Note: Library hours are subject to change. Please call the Helpline prior to visiting.

    The library is open to the public. However, only NAMI-NYC Metro members have borrowing privileges. To join, please click here.

    Parent Match Program

    Parenting a child, adolescent, or young adult with a mental health or behavioral health issue can be isolating and overwhelming. NAMI-NYC’s Parent Match Program provides free, one-on-one emotional support from one parent to another by telephone. The program will match you with the parent of a child, adolescent, or young adult (up to age 28) with a similar diagnosis or challenges – someone who has “been there.” Parent mentors will:

    • Provide emotional support.
    • Listen to your story.
    • Share experiences.
    • Share ideas for taking care of yourself.
    • Share ideas for advocating for your child across systems.

    To get started, contact the Helpline at 212-684-3264 or via email at helpline@naminyc.org, and ask for a parent match.

    Improving Psychiatric Care in NYC Hospital Emergency Rooms

    In 2019, a coalition led by NAMI-NYC and Manhattan Together conducted surveys of patients and their family members who had received psychiatric treatment in New York City hospital emergency rooms.

    Find out what these patients and their family members say about the emergency room experience, and what they would like to see done to improve the quality of care. Join us on Zoom for a presentation and discussion of these critical findings during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

    ASL and Spanish interpretation as well as automated closed captioning will be available in the Zoom meeting.

    Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from 6 to 7:30pm ET

    Click here to RSVP

    NAMI Basics (9/25-10/30)

    NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week class for parents and other family caregivers of children and teens who are showing signs of emotional and/or behavioral difficulties, or who have a mental health diagnosis.

    • Advance registration is required
    • Registration closes one week after the course begins (but get in touch so we can add you to the waitlist for the next class)
    • Learn more here, and then contact us to register
    Peer-to-Peer LGBT+ course (9/22-11/10)

    Peer-to-Peer is a free, 8-week class for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. This session is for – and taught by – people who identify LGBT+. Taught by a team of trained “mentors” who are living healthy and productive lives with mental illness. Participants learn the tools needed to take control of their own wellness and recovery.

    • Advance registration is required
    • Registration closes two weeks after the course begins (but get in touch so we can add you to the waitlist for the next class)
    • Learn more here, and then contact us to register
    Family-to-Family course (9/20-11/15)

    Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session class for family, significant others and friends of people living with severe mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. The course is taught by trained family members. Research shows that graduates gain a greater understanding of mental illness, are able to cope better, worry less, and feel newly empowered to advocate for better treatment and services for their relative.

    • Advance registration is required
    • Registration closes two weeks after the course begins (but get in touch so we can add you to the waitlist for the next class)
    • Learn more here, and then contact us to register
    Family-to-Family course (9/18-11/6)

    Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session class for family, significant others and friends of people living with severe mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. The course is taught by trained family members. Research shows that graduates gain a greater understanding of mental illness, are able to cope better, worry less, and feel newly empowered to advocate for better treatment and services for their relative.

    • Advance registration is required
    • Registration closes two weeks after the course begins (but get in touch so we can add you to the waitlist for the next class)
    • Learn more here, and then contact us to register