NAMI Orange education meetings are for families, people with a mental illness, providers, students, or anyone concerned with mental illness. Membership is not required in order to attend. All are welcomed and no registration is required.
This education meeting usually has a guest speaker and is usually held the 2nd Monday of the month 6:30-8:30 p.m. (refer to exceptions) at Orange County Department of Mental Health, 30 Harriman Drive, Goshen, NY 10924.
If you are... Traveling East on NYS Route 17:
Follow NYS Route 17 East and take Exit 125. The Department of Mental Health offices are in the first building on your left as you exit from the highway. Make a left onto BOCES Dr., then an immediate right into the parking lot. It is a single story gray brick building with white trim. There is an orange and white sign on the lawn identifying the Department.
If you are... Traveling West on NYS Route 17:
Follow NYS Route 17 West and take Exit 125. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left. Turn left again at the traffic light. Go over the highway and make an immediate left onto Harriman Drive. Go straight past the BOCES Educational Center entrance, and down the hill. The Department of Mental Health offices are in the last building on your right just before you re-enter the highway. Make a right onto BOCES Dr., then an immediate right into the parking lot. It is a single story gray brick building with white trim. There is an orange and white sign on the lawn identifying the Department.
There is no Education meeting in August
NAMI Orange Education Meeting
Monday, September 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Orange County Department of Mental Health
30 Harriman Drive, Goshen, NY 10924
Topic: "Ask the Doctor"
Guest speaker: Dr. RadhaKrishnan
More than 30 years experience in psychiatry
Specialized in forensic, addictions & geriatric psychiatry
We request RSVP by emailing email@example.com
or leaving message at NAMI Orange office at 845-956-6264
*Plan to come early (6:15 p.m.) to have refreshments
and to view our lending library, borrow books and/or
offer suggestions for new acquisitions
through our librarian Sheila
First Regional NAMI Affiliate Meeting
(Click above link to view flyer)
Hosted by NAMI Orange County
Building a Better Future
September 22nd, 2018 from 9 am - 2 pm
This meeting is designed to bring affiliates from NAMI Sullivan, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, Mid-Hudson and Orange together in an effort to brainstorm ways we can work together to make NAMI in our region stronger and more effective. Each local affiliate group brings different resources to the table in the area of advocacy, education and support.
Together we can enhance our vision of shared
Hope and Recovery…
9:00 - 9:30 am Welcome: Light breakfast provided by NAMI Orange, Meet and Greet.
9:30 - 10:15 am Opening remarks by Dhanu Sannesy, President of NAMI Orange.
Introductions: Each affiliate will be given up to five minutes to share their affiliate’s highlights such as staffing, membership data, and current successes and struggles.
10:15 - 11:30 am Brainstorming Session: Small breakout groups (consisting of one member from each affiliate) to discuss our most pressing concerns. Groups will discuss ways in which shared resources can be used to make NAMI in our region stronger. Also, how can we work together to promote NAMI education, support, advocacy, training and fundraising.
11:30 - 12:30 pm Beyond Brainstorming: Each small group will share at least two important issues. A master list will be then prioritized so several shared goals can be clarified and developed for action.
12:30 - 1:00 pm Lunch: Provided by NAMI Orange
1:00 - 2:00 pm Looking towards the future: Strategize and develop plans for specific action steps we can take to work together to accomplish more.
RSVP by September 5
5 members from each affiliate would be appreciated to attend this event.
Location: 30 Matthews Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Suite 204
(RSS – Rehabilitation Support Services)
Call 845-956-6264 or Dhanu 845-294-2749
is a recovery support group exclusively for adults living with a mental illness that provides a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. The group is a peer-led support group (led by NAMI-trained facilitators who are in recovery themselves) who understand the daily challenges. The group is confidential-attendees may share as much or as little personal information as they wish. It is free of charge with no registration.
Meetings are held every Friday from 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: The First Presbyterian Church,
33 Park Place, Goshen 10924
*The church meeting entrance door is across the street from Delancey's Restaurant on Park Place. Walk through the doors, then go down the stairs on your left to reach the meeting room.
Facilitators: Anil Sannesy and Joyce Andrews
For more information, call NAMI Orange office at 845-956-6264
is a structured support group for families, friends, partners and caregivers of adult (18+) loved ones with serious mental illness, schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, OCD, etc. which is offered through NAMI Orange. Facilitators are trained by NAMI-NYS.
TWO MEETING SITES:
One group meets the 1st Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Goshen, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. See church photo and map above.
Please note that an additional Family Support Group meets on the
3rd Monday of every month from 7 - 9 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center, 707 E. Main Street, Middletown, Conference Room #7.
Facilitators: Dhanu, Catha and Linda; Marcy and Sheila
For further information call NAMI Orange at 845-294-2749,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Next meeting dates:
- Monday, August 20 at 7 p.m.
(3rd Monday of the month ORMC, Middletown)
- Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m.
(1st Thursday of the month in Goshen)
Upcoming NAMI trainings are being offered soon for interested NAMI members who have a loved one with a mental health condition and who wish to be facilitators of a Family Support Group in the Newburgh area after receiving their training. Contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email email@example.com for the details
*GOSHEN F2F EDUCATION COURSE: every Tuesday for 12 weeks
starting Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 6:30-9 p.m.
at the First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924
See church photo and map above
*NEWBURGH F2F EDUCATION COURSE: every Saturday for 6 weeks
starting Saturday, January 5, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
at St. Francis of Assisi Church (O'Connor Hall)
145 Benkard Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550
*Call NAMI Orange 845-956-6264 or Dhanu at 845-294-2749
to register now since class size is limited
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free course that is taught to family members or significant others who are caregivers of a person with serious mental illness. The weekly classes cover all aspects of mental illnesses, symptoms, medications, biology of the brain, problem-solving techniques, coping strategies and provide emotional support as well. It is appropriate for families only, not the person with the mental illness. It is offered once or twice a year and registration is required.
Educational Course on
Borderline Personality Disorder
Sponsored by NAMI Orange through
National Education Alliance Borderline Personality Disorder
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924
When: Starting Sept. 9th, 2018 (SUNDAYS) 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for 12 weeks
Pre-Register by September 1st by clicking above link
Suggested Donation: $50 per person, & $75 for family/couple
Contact: 845-956-6264 or call Dhanu 845-294-2749 if you have questions
Family Connections is a 12 week course that meets weekly to provide education, skills training and support for people who are in a relationship with someone who has Borderline Personality Disorder.
This course is hosted in a community setting and led by trained group leaders who are usually family members of relatives with BPD. Dr. Alan Fruzzetti and Dr, Perry Hoffman developed the course based on their research as well as their significant professional expertise in counseling people with BPD and their loved ones.
Family Connections Provides: current information and research on BPD and on family functioning; individual coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); family skills; and group support that builds an ongoing network for family members.
Course Content focuses on:
Education on BPD
Research on BPD
Family Perspectives and Experiences
Relationship Mindfulness Skills
Emotion Regulation Skills
Effective Communication Skills
Problem Management Skills.
BPD Affects the Whole Family:
When a loved one has BPD, family and loved ones often suffer quite a bit. Since BPD can include a pattern of intense and stormy relationships with family, friends, and loved ones, they may be on the roller coaster of extreme closeness and love (idealization) to extreme dislike or anger (devaluation). Changeable moods, high-risk behavior, suicidality and intense anger are often part of life for a person with BPD and thus, they become part of life for those who love him or her. Families of people with BPD may benefit from support, skills training and sometimes their own therapy. The challenges of dealing with an ill relative on a daily basis can be very stressful, and family members may unknowingly act in ways that negatively impact their relative. Family Connections is a free group program (run by family members themselves who have been trained) that focuses on the needs of family members.
Family Connections is coordinated by the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD) and is based on research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Survey data from previous courses show that after completing the course, family members experience decreased feelings of depression, burden, and grief, and more feelings of empowerment.
County Highway 108 is the older street name if you have an older GPS that does not recognize the street name of 73 James P. Kelly Way.
MHA Friends & Family meetings (3rd Thursday of the month) are held here, which is actually the Mental Health Association in Orange County Inc.'s office.
If coming from Dolson Avenue onto James P. Kelly Way, the office will be on the left. It is in line with Accucare Pharmacy.
MHA Family & Friends Together is a sharing and caring support group for families, friends and caregivers of adult loved ones with serious mental illness, schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, OCD, etc. which is offered through the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. It provides a safe and compassionate environment for people to connect and share insights with other caregivers.
It meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Mental Health Association,
73 James P. Kelly Way, Middletown, NY 10940
Call Peggy, Coordinator Family Support, Education and Advocacy at
845-342-2400 x1238 for information.
(3rd Thursday of the month)
Next meeting date: Thursday, August 16, 7 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Plus Social Group
Family Support, a program of Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. (MHA) is proud to announce a new social group for families and their adult loved ones experiencing mental and/or emotional disabilities. The newly created group is an extension to the monthly Family and Friends Together Support Group for families of adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
The new social group is intended for people to relax, meet and make new friends while enjoying each other’s company in an informal and fun setting. Each gathering will have a specific agreed upon topic of interest, such as music or martial arts.
The newly created group is usually scheduled to meet on the last Wednesday of the month at Mental Health Association, 73 James P. Kelly Way, Middletown, NY 10940. For information, call Peggy at 845-342-2400, Ext: 1238
Next Meeting Date: Wed., August 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
RSVP: call Peggy at 845-342-2400 x1238
*People are encouraged to bring
their own instruments, or favorite music to share.
Light refreshments and snacks will be served.
No cost/No Registration Fee
Any questions, call Edie at 845-238-2348
Monday, Sept. 17th at 6:00 pm -7:30 pm
St. Anastasia Church
Faith Formation Building
Monroe, NY 10926
Saturday, October 27 at 11 a.m.
St. John AME Church
103 East Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940
Sunday, November 18th at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Faithnet presentation followed by a short question and answer segment.
Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church
21 Still Road
Monroe, New York 10950
Excerpts from nami.org
NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness.
NAMI FaithNet strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role of spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions, those for whom faith is a key component.
Refer to Other Support Groups listed on Resources page
Free 6 week program starting Fri., Sept. 21, 6:30-9 p.m.
at Orange Regional Medical Center, 707 East Main St., Conference Room #3
Call now to register: Marcy at 845-258-8240 or our office at 845-956-6264
Excerpts from NAMI.org:
NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.
You'll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they're getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.
The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you're going through because they've been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions.
Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.
More details will follow regarding NAMI Orange offering this program in the future.
is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs. Through this free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the 50-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped. Contact NAMI Orange 845-956-6264 to arrange for this presentation to be given at your school by our NAMI-trained presenters.
Upcoming NAMI trainings are being offered soon for interested NAMI members who have experienced a mental health condition and who wish to be presenters to their local middle schools and/or high schools after receiving their NAMI training. Contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the details
is a unique, education program developed by NAMI in which trained presenters who are in recovery from mental illness share compelling personal testimonies about their experiences of living with and dealing with the challenges posed by mental illness. Audience participation and discussion are encouraged and a brief video with a variety of stories accompanies the presentation. By broadening people's knowledge of mental illness, we replace misunderstanding, fear and judgment with insight, awareness and acceptance. This program is ideal for human resource departments, health care providers, law enforcement professionals, faith communities, educators, students or any community or civic organization. Call NAMI Orange 845-956-6264 for information or to schedule a presentation at a convenient site.
Upcoming NAMI trainings are being offered soon for interested NAMI members who have experienced a mental health condition and who wish to be presenters to their local groups after receiving their NAMI training.
Contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email email@example.com for the details
(NAMI Orange is providing this announcement
at the request of one of our members)
Emotions Anonymous is a support group program based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Support groups are volunteer-led, weekly meetings that follow a specific format and use materials that have been approved by the Board of Trustees of the organization. EA is not a religious or health-care organization. The International Service Center, with an office in St. Paul, Minn., manages information about the groups, keeps the website, publishes and sells the materials, and generally works to provide information and understanding about the EA program of recovery.
Every Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Temple Sinai, 75 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940
(near the YMCA)
Contacts: Brent 914-443-1173, Doug 973-214-0343
* Suggested donation of $1.00 to defray rental cost
Families Helping Families: a team of NAMI Orange volunteers that provides information and resources to the families of patients in the Behavioral Unit at Orange Regional Medical Center.
If you are a NAMI Orange member and would like to volunteer in this capacity, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org