AccessCNY has been asked by the Mayor’s office to host a community input session on what Syracuse should be looking for in a new police chief. The session will be a facilitated dialogue on policing as it relates to individuals with a mental health diagnosis and/or a disability.

All staff, participants, and the community at large are invited to attend this forum to have their voices heard. Please share this invitation broadly with your staff and participants.

The session will be held on Monday, April 30 at the Central New York Community Foundation Ballroom at 431 E Fayette Street in Syracuse. The forum will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

This Mind of Mine Peer Support Group

“Life is Never Linear”


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Peer Support Group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Where: NAMI Syracuse office at 917 Avery Ave, Syracuse, NY 13204

All diagnoses welcome! 


This Mind of Mine Peer 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 previously mentioned; how to handle real life situations such as handling work life, family and along those lines
  • Put a Bow on It
    • Last words to go by/Closing thoughts to leave with


For more information, contact Lacey Roy at

Or NAMI Syracuse at

(315) 487-2085


Music for Mental Health Event Reminder & More Info!

On Saturday, January 6, 2018, Oswego, NY resident and musician John McConnell and friends are hosting  an event called Music for Mental Health (MFMH). John is the creator of MFMH. He is organizing this event in conjunction with Zink Screen Printing & Design and Oswego Industries.

MFMH will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The American Foundry in Oswego, NY (246 W Seneca St). John’s goal is to rally the community around an evening of live music that seeks to raise awareness for mental health issues and helps to lessen the stigma associated with mental illness.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to NAMI Syracuse.

Music for Mental Health will feature performances by: John McConnell, Gary Carpentier (NBC’s The Voice), Cam Caruso, The Love Volcanoes and many other fine Central New York musicians. MFMH will feature exhibits by local professional counseling services and other organizations. As part of the evening’s events there will be a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and a table raffle featuring: gift certificates, gift baskets, and other items donated by local and regional businesses.

Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase at:

– the river’s end bookstore – 19 W Bridge St, Oswego, NY (cash or check only)

– or on the web:

MFMH would like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors and volunteers! Sponsors include: Pathfinder Bank, WRVO/NPR, KR Productions, Oswego Family Physicians, P.C., Oswego County Federal Credit Union, George Myers, Avery Rental Properties, Talkspace, RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting, and more!  For a full list of MFMH sponsors, please visit our website or find us on Facebook.

If you’d like more information or would like to make a charitable donation, please visit: and download our MFMH Sponsorship Packet.

– Visit us on Facebook at Music for Mental Health: Music-for-Mental-Health- 150711242347857/

– All ages welcome

– Finger food provided