10 Tips to Beat the Holiday Blues


Many people can experience feelings of anxiety or depression during the holiday season, and people who already live with a mental health condition should take extra care to tend to their overall health and wellness. In fact, a recent NAMI survey showed that 64% of people with a diagnosed mental illness report that the holidays make their symptoms worse.  Click here to read the full article from NAMI and click here to see the infographic on this topic. 



NAMI-NYS wants to thank you for your participation at our 2014 Education Conference.


You were one of more than 500 attendees who stood united in:

  • Celebrating recovery from mental illness in all its forms.
  • Embracing the diversity of the NAMI-NYS family.
  • Demonstrating the integral role of wellness in recovery.
  • And in calling for real federal legislation that would allow Medicaid to pay for acute psychiatric care, decriminalize mental illness, remove the barriers of communication for families to help their loved ones, increase evidence-based services for those on all points of the spectrum of psychiatric diseases and provide additional funding to NIMH.


Together, we spent three-days learning about:

  • The latest research and clinical treatments of psychiatric diseases.
  • How to transform stigma into strength.
  • How NAMI Signature Programs can be used to build new relationships with the goal of helping more individuals and families impacted by mental illness in local communities across New York State.
  • The importance of early interventions in the recovery from psychiatric diseases.
  • The specific mental health concerns of those in the military community.
  • The programs and services available for schools and families with children and adolescents living with a mental illness.
  • The reforms necessary to increase the criminal justice system's understanding of mental health issues.
  • The role young adults play in advancing mental health awareness to their peers.
  • How to prevent suicide.
  • And how to identify and address the gaps in services.

All this information is vital as our movement takes the next steps in shaping our future. You will play an important role in ensuring that this is a future with more effective services for all of those living with a mental illness and one that no longer sees the stigma attached to those living with a mental illness and their families. We are so grateful that you joined us this weekend and to have you as part of the NAMI-NYS Family. 

Many of you have asked for pictures and slides from speaker presentations. We are still working on collecting all of those, but are happy to provide you with the first batch of resources.

Click here to watch a video of Representative Tim Murphy's presentation after receiving the Legislative Champion Award.

Click here to view the slides from the tribute to NAMI-NYS Founding President Muriel Shepherd. 


Click here for Dr. Marvin Swartz's presentation on Criminal Justice Issues.


Click here for 10 Things You Can Do To Prevent Suicide.


Click here for the OCD/Hoarding Presentation by Dr. Wheaton and Dr. Steinman.


Click here for Love, Peace & Meditation.


Click here for Soul Soothing Sunday passages from the interfaith service.


We should have all the pictures to share with you next week. We will also inform you via our E-Newsletter when new presentation slides are available on our website.

Again, we thank you for being a part of this incredible weekend. We wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy 2015.




Irene Turski

President and Conference Chair


Wendy Burch

Executive Director


Matthew Shapiro

Development and Events Coordinator

NIMH Participation in the NAMI-NYS Education Conference


The 2014 NAMI-NYS Education Conference-United We Stand: Shaping Our Future will continue the tradition of featuring significant participation from the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH). 

Friday will feature an update on the Recovery After Initial Schizophrenic Episode (RAISE) study,which is a milestone in fundamentally changing the trajectory and prognosis of schizophrenia. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Delbert Robinson, one of the researchers on the team which developed the RAISE Early Treatment Program, a research study which was conducted in community clinics across the United States.

Saturday, will feature Dr. Lisa Dixon, Director of the Center for Practice Innovations, who led the other RAISE research team. She will detail how innovative programs such as OnTrackNY emerged from the RAISE study. Also on Saturday, Dr. Dwight Dickenson of the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch of NIMH will be leading a workshop detailing his work on schizophrenia. 

A phrase often heard at NAMI-NYS is that "research is our hope for the future." NIMH is on the forefront of psychiatric research but they cannot do it alone, this is why we are again including a session on "The Importance of Participating in NIMH Clinical Trials." The session will allow participants to understand the benefits of research participation and the unique role that plays in our quest for understanding and improving care for psychiatric diseases. 

REGISTER TODAY as "early bird rates end this week. You can also register via the phone by calling 518-462-2000.

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