#IWillListen

Listen with an open mind
and without judgment

Listening can be one of the most powerful ways to support a friend, family member, or colleague.
Here are some ways to support those who have a mental health issue.

 

 

resources

Resources

Find out more about support groups and programs offered by NAMI-NYC, all available free of charge.

 

education

Education

Learn more about mental health issues and how to manage them.

 

support

Assistance

Contact our Helpline.

“Our mission is to tear down myths and misconceptions about mental illness, support a world free of stigma and positively impact each and every individual touched by mental illness.  As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I am often asked how each one of us can get involved in this vital task.  The answer is always the same.  We need to simply start by listening.” 

– Michael Birnbaum, MD

All programs and services are free of charge to anyone who needs them. Todos nuestros servicios son gratis para cualquier persona que los necesita.

Resources

NAMI-NYC programs and services connect people with others who live with similar challenges.  NAMI-NYC’s support groups, classes, and phone-based services – all available free of charge to anyone who needs them – offer creative and practical solutions to specific problems or concerns.  All of our trained volunteers have lived experiences and strive to create an environment of mutual respect and support.

Read more about how NAMI-NYC can support you.

Education

On average, it takes 2 years to properly diagnose a mental health issue.  Many people delay seeking treatment for mental illness due to the stigma associated with mental health.  But with the right treatment, it can be managed as well as any physical disease.  Learn more about mental Illness.

What is mental illness?

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning.  Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

What are the different types of mental illness?

Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder.  The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.

Who is affected by mental illness?

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income.  Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable.  Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

How can you treat a mental illness?

In addition to medication treatment, psychosocial treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, peer support groups, and other community services can also be components of a treatment plan and that assist with recovery.  The availability of transportation, diet, exercise, sleep, friends, and meaningful paid or volunteer activities contribute to overall health and wellness, including mental illness recovery.

Assistance

Listening can help break the stigma of mental illness.

For additional help or information, please contact our Helpline at 212-684-3264 or helpline@naminyc.org.

If someone you know or love is an immediate threat to themselves or others, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). In an emergency dial 911.