“Off the Mask”

NAMI Syracuse are thrilled to announce that Madeline Canastra, an 8-year-old from Cicero, is walking the catwalk at the upcoming event “Off the Mask” to raise awareness about mental health education throughout New York. We are seeking sponsors for Madeline, as the money raised will directly return to the National Alliance for Mental Illness – half to NAMI Syracuse, and half to NAMI-NYS.

NAMI Syracuse uses donations to fund support and education programs in the greater Syracuse area. Our newest program “Ending the Silence” is designed to help teach mental health education within our middle and high schools. It is a free program for the schools, as NAMI sponsors the educator and speaker. We are hoping to get this program into at least 20 local school districts in 2019!

You can donate directly to Madeline’s NAMI link at: https://www.offthemask.org/madeline-canastra/

You can learn more about the “Off the Mask” event at: https://www.offthemask.org/

We hope you will consider making a monetary donation/sponsorship toward “Off the Mask” and Madeline, as our NAMI Syracuse model for this special event. Our goal is to raise at least $2,500.00.

If you’d like additional information, please reach out to NAMI Syracuse at namisyracuse@namisyracuse.org or 315-487-2085. You can also reach Madeline’s mom, Ann Canastra, NAMI Syracuse Member and NAMI-NY State Board Member at ann123@hotmail.com or 315- 657-3700.

Donations can be sent via check to: NAMI Syracuse, ATTN: OFF THE MASK – Madeline Canastra, 6276 Alabama Path, Cicero, NY 13039. PayPal and credit card can also be accepted, please call or email for details.

In Case You Missed it in Our Newsletter!

NAMI Syracuse Programs
Support Groups:
Family Support Group – Second Wednesday of the month at 917 Avery
Ave., Syracuse, NY – 10am – 11:30 am
Family Support Group – Third Tuesday evening of the month – meets
at AccessCNY, 420 East Genesee St., Syracuse, NY – 7pm (parking
and entrance in rear of building)
Peer Support Group, This Mind of Mine – Third Wednesday of the
month at 917 Avery Ave., Syracuse, NY – 5:30pm – 7pm
Educational Programs:
Family to Family in the spring and fall. Call Sheila Le Gacy at AccessCNY, 315-218-1614 to register. Register early since the classes fill up
quickly.
HOMEFRONT for families of veterans call Ann Canastra 315-412-
3029 to register.
Peer to Peer is a 6-week educational series for persons in recovery.
Call our office for more information.
Ending the Silence is a program for middle and high school students
or their families or school staff. Call our office for more information.
Yearly conference on mental illness. Watch our website for more
information.
Speakers:
We want to reach more people in the community and are willing to do
short presentations about NAMI and mental illness at churches,
schools, libraries, or any other organization. Our goal is to decrease
stigma, inform people about services and supports, and offer hope.
Contact NAMI Syracuse at 315-487-2085 or e-mail:
namisyracuse@namisyracuse.org

NAMI SYRACUSE WRVO INTERVIEW!


President Marla Byrnes’s “HealthLink on Air” interview will air this Sunday, February 10th, at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on WRVO Public Media! Don’t forget to tune in on FM 89.9 or 90.3, depending on your location in the Syracuse area. This station also reaches up to Oswego and Watertown, down to Cortland and Norwich, as far west as Geneva and east to Utica and Hamilton and can be listened to live online at www.wrvo.org, as well. Thanks, HealthLink at Upstate for helping to spread the word about NAMI Syracuse! Listen anytime here: http://blogs.upstate.edu/healthlinkonair/2019/01/31/nonprofit-group-offers-varied-efforts-to-support-those-affected-by-mental-illness/

Please support all the many businesses listed below that donated to our silent auction and made the HOPELA possible!

ALL SAINTS PARISH AND FATHER FRED AND MONICA AND MEG!

Behind the Iron Gate

Bryce Cullen Publishing

CNA Accounting

CNY CENTRAL

CNY Healing Arts

Dibellos  – Fred and Trudy Vircillo

Dunkin Donuts

Goodman Beck Publishing

FOXFIRE – Jim Noble

Frightmare Farms

Golden Hanger

Hairanoia

Hafner’s

Lock 1 Distillery

Metro Home Style

Mohegan Manor

Painting with a Twist

Phoebe’s

Point of View Optical 

Price Chopper 

Ra.lin

Springside Farm

Sterling Optical

Tom Mann Golf

Wegmans

Whole Mental Health

Vinomania

Zebb’s

Carol and Dan Brady

Marla Byrnes and Ernest Jones

Ann and Dan Canastra

August Cornell

Judy Flint

Mary Gandino

Sandi and Jeffery Geiger

Laura Hand

Barb Hamlin

Mary Lawless

Deb Mahaney

Marie Mahar

Patricia  and Steve Moore

Cecelia Nardslico

Lynn Marie Perli

Spence and Marie Plavocos

Sherie Ramsgard

Duane and Wendy Schumacher

Paul and Jenn Schumacher

Eric Stensland

Joe and Judy Bliss Ridgway

Dr. Paul Schwartz  and Dr. Karen Winters

Sheri and Paul Vangeet

Christine Wallace

Dr. Paula Zebrowski  and Pam Fortino

Susan Zdanowicz

NAMI Family Support Group

NAMI Family Support Group will meet on the second Wednesday of each month 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

NAMI Syracuse office, 917 Avery Avenue, Syracuse 13204 (315)  487-2085

All family members and friends of those living with mental health concerns are welcome to attend!

Light refreshments will be provided.

Facilitators: Marla Byrnes & Ann Canastra

THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE SILENT AUCTION FOR THE HARVEST HOPELA:

ACCENTS at Armory Square http://www.accentsofarmorysquare.com/
Bersani Jewelry https://www.facebook.com/BersaniGallery/
SUN auto
Behind the Iron Gate
Golden Hanger
Phoebe’s
Warner Lawn service
Green Hills Market
Tom Mann Golf
Hairnoia
Sunovian
Metro Lifestyle
Sherie Ramsgard Whole Mental Health
Wegmans
Kelley’s Bar
Kinney’s Drugs Oswego Road
Mohegan Manor
Vinomania
JSA Authentication
Delta Sonic
C&A Accounting
Dr. Karen Winters
Dr. Paul Schwartz
Dr. Paula Zebrowski
Dr. Suzi Campararo
Pam Fortino
Marla Byrnes
Ernest Jones
Frank Mazzotti
Carol and Dan Brady
Mary Gandino
Patricia and Steve Moore
Ann and Dan Canastra
Hair and Body Salon
Hafner’s North Syracuse
Laura Hand CNY central
Spence and Marie Plavocos
ilovekickboxing Liverpool
Joe and Judy Bliss Ridgway