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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

January Informational/Educational Program: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm at Mather Hospital; Conference Room Two:

Universal Abilities Employment Network

Come join us for a workshop on how to interview and we will briefly explain our services for individuals between the ages of 18-64 who are receiving SSI and/or SSDI.

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: Next class starts in March 2015. For more info call Nancy Hollinshead at 631 987-3063 to register. Priority seating goes to Veteran and NAMI families.

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: Next class starts Saturday, February 21, 2015 10am-12:30 pm at Federation of Organizations 456 Waverly Ave Patchogue. For more information call Phyllis (631) 842-3954 for information.Priority seating goes to NAMI of Central Suffolk Members: .

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

NAMI Connection:

A peer lead support group for individuals living with mental health conditions. Meets on the second Wednesday of every month at The Association for Mental Health an Wellness 939 Johnson Ave Ronkonkoma NY for more info call Sandy (631) 793-4712 or Anrhony (631) 672-2606

NAMI Peer to Peer 10 week course:

an Educational Program for wellness. Starts Saturday, March 7th and ends May 16 from 12 noon-2 pm (NO class on April 4th) at Federation of Organizations 456 Waverly Ave Patchogue. For more info call Anthony (631) 672-2606

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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