NAMI Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is an inter­active presentation that helps teens to learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions as well as what steps they should take to find support for themselves or their friends.

It is a 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school age youth. It is free of cost to schools, youth, and communities and presented by a young adult who experienced a mental health condition during their school years as well as a family member of an individual who experienced mental health challenges in school.

If your school is interested in sched­uling a presentation, please call or email the NAMI Syracuse office.

If you are a young adult or family member and would like to become a NAMI Ending the Silence presenter, a training is scheduled for Monday, January 21, 2019 at the NAMI Syra­cuse office. Please call or email for a registration form and/or more information.

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


Behind the Iron Gate

Bryce Cullen Publishing

CNA Accounting


CNY Healing Arts

Dibellos  – Fred and Trudy Vircillo

Dunkin Donuts

Goodman Beck Publishing

FOXFIRE – Jim Noble

Frightmare Farms

Golden Hanger



Lock 1 Distillery

Metro Home Style

Mohegan Manor

Painting with a Twist


Point of View Optical 

Price Chopper 


Springside Farm

Sterling Optical

Tom Mann Golf


Whole Mental Health



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


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