With NAMI You Are Not Alone
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a grass-roots organization with
more than 1100 chapters nationwide and hundreds of thousands of members dedicated
to making a better life for all people struggling with mental illness and their families.
HOW CAN NAMI QUEENS/NASSAU HELP YOU? Join and become involved in our many
activities which offer support, education, and advocacy for all those affected by severe
mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and
SUPPORT – We offer professionally led support groups that meet a variety of needs.
These include ongoing groups that can be entered at any time for caregivers of a mentally
ill loved one including specialized groups for parents of transition age youth in their late teens
through mid twenties; South Asian caregivers; and Korean families. We also have two disorder
specific groups for consumers: bipolar disorder and an anxiety and depression support group.
EDUCATION – Monthly meetings with guest speakers address topics of special interest
to members. Past topics include how to obtain benefits, crisis management, available
rehabilitation services, and the latest in treatment and research. Meetings are held in
the Sloman Auditorium, North Shore-LIJ/The Zucker Hillside Hospital, 266th Street and
76th Avenue, Glen Oaks, at 7:30 PM on the third Wednesday of the month. They are
preceded by a support group for families and friends at 6:15 PM.
ADVOCACY – Get involved and help to make the world a better place for all our loved
ones. We advocate on a variety of issues on the national, state, and local levels such
as mental health insurance parity, more money for research, combating stigma, and
ending the criminalization of mental illness. For information about how you can
participate call (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284.
Register for Family-to-Family Classes
Family to Family is a FREE series of 12 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it’s like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders. Over 300,000 people in the U.S., Canada and Mexico have completed this course. We think you will be pleased by how much assistance the program offers. We invite you to call for more information.
Starting in Fall, 2014
La Guardia Community College, Mondays from 5:00-7:30 PM, September 8 – November 24,
3110 Thomson Avenue, Room M-105, Long Island City, Queens.
Walk in Love for Jesus Church, Thursdays from 7:00-9:30 PM, September 4 – December 4,
906 Newbridge Rd., North Bellmore, Nassau County.
Call Carol Ann Viccora (516) 221-6188 and Elizabeth Janow (516) 816-2735 to register.
St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Continuing Day Treatment Program, Thursdays from 5:00-7:30 PM,
September 18 – December 11, 19-08 Brookhaven Avenue, Far Rockaway, Queens.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock on Mondays from 6:30 – 9:00 PM,
September 15 – December 8, 48 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset, Nassau.
Zucker Hillside Hospital, Ambulatory Care Pavilion, Room 1237, Mondays from 7:00-9:30 PM,
September 29 – December 15, 263rd St. & 74th Avenue, Glen Oaks, Queens.
Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:30 PM, September 25 –Dec. 18,
79-25 Winchester Blvd., Queens Village, Queens
The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, Saturdays from 1:30 – 3:00 PM, October 11 – Dec. 27,
110-31 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens
To register, or for more information – email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284.
Registration and interview required. Classes limited to 25 persons.
NAMI Basics is a FREE class taught by trained parents or other primary caregivers who
have lived similar experiences with their own children who developed the symptoms of
mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. It is an education program for parents and
other caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral issues, undiagnosed
emotional issues, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), or other diagnoses such as Major
Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety
Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Childhood Schizophrenia and Substance
Abuse Disorders. Registration and interview required. To register, email email@example.com
or call (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284. Find out more about NAMI Basics.
In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI
in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living
with mental illness and achieving recovery. Presenters cover issues they frequently face
while living with mental illness as they delve into the following 5 topics: dark days; acceptance;
treatment; coping strategies; successes; hopes and dreams. This is a NAMI signature program
and IOOV presenters must complete a 16 hour NAMI training course and be certified as speakers.
Presentations are made in a variety of venues and can be given to such groups as consumers,
students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community, and civic groups. All
presentations are offered free of charge, but consumer speakers receive a stipend from NAMI-NYS
for making these presentations. To be trained as a speaker or book a presentation contact
Ann Tierno at AnnieT226@aol.com
THE FRIENDSHIP NETWORK – This unique service connects people recovering from mental illness with one another for the purpose of friendship. Since its inception in 1991, the Friendship Network has helped many hundreds of people break through the isolation of their illness, linking them with people with common interests and experiences. For information call (516) 326-6111.
BREAKING THE SILENCE – Innovative lessons for upper elementary, middle school, and high school put a human face on mental illness and confront the myths that reinforce the silence. This widely praised educational package, which includes fully scripted lessons, games, posters, and suggested resources, can be ordered through NAMI Queens/Nassau.
NAMIWALKS – NAMIWalks for the Mind of America is a fundraising and awareness building component of NAMI's Campaign for the Mind of America. Launched in 2003 with 12 pilot sites, it has grown to 80 sites all across America. Walkers are encouraged to reach out to family, friends, co-workers and business associates to raise support for their participation in the WALK. All proceeds from NAMIWalks will be used to fund NAMI's local programs.
Go to the Long Island/Queens Area Walk page to register and to keep in touch with all the exciting developments as they happen.
NAMI Queens/Nassau — National Alliance on Mental Illness
1981 Marcus Avenue, C-117, Lake Success, NY 11042
Phone: (516) 326-0797; (718) 347-7284
Fax: (516) 437-5785
This website was made possible with funding from the Verizon Foundation & Sign-On Village (of the Zucker Hillside Hospital)
Website Design, Nydia Patterson