May is Mental Health Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

You Are Not Alone

NAMI’s “You are Not Alone” campaign features the lived experience of people affected by mental illness to fight stigma, inspire others and educate the broader public. Now more than ever before, it is important for the mental health community to come together and show the world that no one should ever feel alone. The campaign builds connection and increases awareness with the digital tools that make connection possible during a climate of physical distancing. Even in times of uncertainty, the NAMI community is always here, reminding everyone that you are not alone

Throughout the month, we will feature personal stories from real people experiencing mental health conditions. You can submit your story at nami.org/yourstory. By reading about lived experience, we aim to make people feel less alone in their mental health journeys.

May Support Groups

During this uncertain time, finding support is very important. At NAMI Syracuse, our goal is to continue serving our community to the best of our ability. During the Coronavirus response, we’re transitioning Support Groups to the Zoom online platform in order to continue providing the support you’ve come to expect.

Meetings using Zoom may be attended with a computer, a smart phone, or a landline telephone or cell phone call. You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting.  Please contact the NAMI Syracuse office via email namisyracuse@namisyracuse.org or by calling 315-487-2085, to get the Meeting ID and Password in order to attend a support group.

The following Support Groups are free, and you do not have to be a NAMI Syracuse member to attend. All conversations are confidential.

Family Support Group: Family and friends of people with mental health disorders are invited to meet with us via the Zoom online platform to chat about your situation. All members of NAMI Syracuse have relatives diagnosed with major mental illnesses, and we know the stress you are going through. We’ve found that simply talking about the situation is a great emotional release. This free support group is open to anyone 18 years and older who has a family member or loved one living with Mental Illness.

This Mind of Mine Support Group: This is a monthly peer to peer support group for people living with mental health conditions. This Mind of Mine Support Group focuses on:

  • Community Resources and Events:  Sharing community resources for Onondaga County and upcoming social events
  • Open Sharing/Discussion:  Discussing proud moments and challenges that arose within one’s mental health journey.
  • Brainstorming:  Response to challenges preciously mentioned; how to handle real life situations such as handling work life, family, etc.
  • Put a Bow on It:  Last words to go by/Closing thought to leave with

Hopela 2020 Update

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have to postpone our Spring Hopela.

We are turning it into a Harvest Hopela at Tuscarora Golf Course

September 24, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

We count on our Hopela to raise money each year to allow us to offer free support groups, education, outreach and community collaboration opportunities that help change how our community views mental illness.

Please be safe, take care of your loved ones, and we hope to see you at our Harvest Hopela in September!