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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

November Informational/Educational Program: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm at Mather Hospital; Conference Room Two:

Opioid Prevention Program Narcan Training Class

given by Suffolk Co. Dept of Health Services at Mather Hospital; Conf Room 2 at 7:30 pm. This training includes recognition of opioid overdose, administration of intranasal Narcan, and steps to take until EMS arrives. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit that includes Narcan. For more info call Deb 631 675-6831

December Informational/Educational Program: Wednesday, December 5, 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 LighteOfLove@aol.com

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. Classes start Sept 10, 2014

Hamptons area: Priority seating goes to NAMI of Central Suffolk members. For more information call Ellen for information 631 728-3082

West Babylon: 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 and MHA of Suffolk- starts Saturday mornings 10-12:30 pm 10/18-11/22 at MHA of Suffolk in Bohemia. For parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental health conditions. Call Beth for info and to register (631) 673-6097 or bethramme@hotmail.com

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.

FAMILY TO FAMILY website: nami.org/f2f

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: nami.org/peertopeer

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: nami.org/basics

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."

PROVIDER EDUCATION website: nami.org/providereducation

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."

SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION website: nami.org/template.cfm?section=Schools_and_Education

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."

CONNECTION website: nami.org/connection

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 in October in NYC

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP

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 October 25-26 or November 7-8 at the Ararat Center in Greenville NY

IN OUR OWN VOICE website: nami.org/ioov

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.

HEARTS AND MINDS website: nami.org/heartsandminds

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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