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December Informational/Educational Program: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm at Mather Hospital; Conference Rooms One and Two:

Soothing the Suffering Within: Using Music In Your Recovery

This presentation will explore the deep natural healing power of music. Whether we create it, move to it or just listen, music can be a powerful outlet for our feelings. Songs can share our sentiments, and let the songwriter share their healing secrets with us. Melody can speak eloquently in a way words are unable to, expressing sentiments to which we may have no other way to relate. This workshop will follow the journey of a person in recovery as he experienced it through the music he created, from the dark of hopelessness to the resolve to thrive and finally, to the affirmation of a life of meaning and freedom. BIO of Presenter: Mat Costanzo is a mental health survivor, musician and mental health professional. He builds on his vision of a better world for people suffering from mental illness with his voice, in his role as the Coordinator of Recovery Services at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, on stage as a public speaker and as a musical performer. Light refreshments will be served. For more info contact Deb Mayo (631) 675-6831 or

NAMI 12 week Family to Family Educational courses:

Mattituck: Priority seating goes to NAMI of Central Suffolk members. For more information call Sharon at (631) 680-0849 or Ellen(631) 728-3082 for information.

Northport VA Hospital: Priority seating goes to Veteran and NAMI families. For more info call Nancy Hollinshead at 631 987-3063 to register.

Hamptons area: Next Class starts Thursday, January 8 – March 26, 2015 6:00-8:30 pm at the Hampton Bays Public Library. To register call Carole (516) 524-0515 or Ellen (631) 728-3082 Priority seating goes to NAMI of Central Suffolk members

Patchogue: Priority seating goes to NAMI of Central Suffolk Members: For more information call Phyllis (631) 842-3954 for information.

NAMI Basics 6 week courses:

Sponsored by NAMI of Central Suffolk:For parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental health conditions. Next class starts Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at St Andrew's Jubilee Center in Mastic Beach 10 am -12:30 pm. Priority seating goes to NAMI members. For more information and to register, please contact Beth Ramme (631) 673-6097

Below are NAMI Signature Programs you may be trained for by NAMI NYS. Must be a member of NAMI of Central Suffolk to be sponsored by us to train, and communicate regularly with our affiliate. Come, be part of our team and enjoy a truly rewarding experience! Call Deb for more info and interview

Upcoming Trainings: Dates TBA by NAMI NYS.


For family members, partners and friends of someone living with a mental illness 12-week course Disponible en Español "Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed."

PEER TO PEER website:

For consumers (people living with a mental illness) 10-week course Disponible en Español "Peer-to-Peer has allowed me to take the focus off my illness and learn to balance it with the rest of my life. By engaging in recovery I am able to be more relaxed and productive both at work and home."

BASICS website:

For parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses Meets once a week for 6 weeks or twice a week for 3 weeks "This is the best program for families with children. It answers so many questions for parents. It can change and improve so many lives." Training available on LI


For providers of mental health services Meets for 6 weeks "This course has given me a much greater appreciation for the heroism of people living with mental illness and for the families who love and support them."


For school professionals Two hour in-service program "This program gave me a new understanding of the importance of my role in early recognition of kids with symptoms of mental illness and the urgency of early intervention on their behalf."


For consumers Meets once a week Disponible en Español "Im not alone! There is a place where people understand me, are there to help me, and I feel better about myself when I help someone else. I can get involved in NAMI Connection and make a difference!"


Training at Ararat Center in Greenville NY

For family members/loved ones of someone living with a mental illness Meets once a month "Using the support group model is so essential to the success of our family support groups. Without the training, networking, and support of the group members I fear that support groups would become nothing more than "cry" sessions or “gripe” sessions. As a group the collective wisdom covered a lot of possibilities towards the issues." Training at the Ararat Center in Greenville NY


For the general public Recurring one time presentations Disponible en Español "The reason why this program is such a valuable resource for us is that it puts a human face on people who are living successfully with a mental illness.


For the general public Online, interactive, educational initiative "This course has literally been a life saver. It has opened my eyes to better understanding my illness and methods of recovery I did not know about before taking the course."

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