36th Annual Dinner

NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work

36th Annual Dinner

NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work: We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.

Test Event

This is a test event for the calendar

Family Education Meeting

All NAMI Buffalo & Erie County in-person meetings canceled due to COVID until further notice. 

7 – 7:30 p.m. Coffee/social/members library time
7:30 p.m. Presenter: TBD when able to resume in-person meetings

Keep checking back on our website.

Family Education Meetings feature a wide variety of topics and presenters. They are usually held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, except in December. Open to all.

There is no fee for this service, though participants are encouraged to join NAMI Buffalo & Erie County or make a donation, if able. No one is denied membership due to financial hardship. Membership includes local, state, and national NAMI.

AFSP Out of the Darkness Buffalo Experience

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Buffalo Experience

WHY REGISTER?

Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. Your safety and well-being will always be AFSP’s top priority, and they are closely monitoring CDC and local guidelines as they map out options for bringing us an experience of hope and healing this fall.

This will NOT be a traditional, full-on walk as in years past. They will have an in-person, drop-by experience the day of September 26th to stop by Canalside to pick up your team’s goodies, connect with the event committee, and participate in some self-guided stations, all following state and local guidelines. This is limited to a certain number of people at a time so as to abide by safety guidelines.

Registration is free and open to the public.

Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Contact our team NAMI leader for more details about our team’s time slot.

Contact Name: Patsy Foster, NAMI team leader

Contact Phone: 716-226-6264, Option 1
Contact Email: info@namibuffalony.org

Additionally, we will have an online event that day for all of our registered participants to connect and share our collective journey of hope and healing.

Though there are many unknowns, there are a few things we know for sure:

  • You belong to a strong community united in an effort to fight suicide while showing up for yourself, recognizing and honoring those you love, raising awareness, educating communities, supporting one another, and sharing hope.
  • We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
  • Mental Health and suicide prevention are more important than ever, and we’re confident that with your help we can reach more people than ever before.

WAIT … ARE WE STILL WALKING TO FIGHT SUICIDE?

We won’t be walking as a group, but encourage you to walk on September 26th on your terms: you get to choose your own course, what time you start, and who walks next to you (within safe distancing guidelines)!

More great reasons to register:

  • Participants can join our NAMI team. This is a great way to motivate family, friends, and co-workers to join you!
  • Registered walkers will be emailed an exclusive Buffalo Out of the Darkness Experience sign to print! Personalize it with your name and your reason for walking. #WhyIWalk
  • After the e-vent, you’ll get a certificate of achievement to print out and show off

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

We encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPWesternNY.

Post to your Facebook page and add the Buffalo Out of the Darkness Experience link (www.afsp.org/buffalo), or the direct link to your fundraising page!

If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event.Don’t forget to add #TogetherToFightSuicide to your tweets!

Remember your LinkedIn connections!

Share your photos! #OutoftheDarkness #TogetherToFightSuicide #AFSPWesternNY

Save and share this graphic on your social media accounts to invite others to join you! 

Mental Illness Awareness Week

MIAW 2020

The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” Throughout the week, we will be raising the voices of those with lived experience to talk about some of the conditions and symptoms that are most misunderstood.

Mental Illness Awareness Week runs from October 4 – 10 and coincides with additional related events:

  • Tuesday Oct. 6: National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding
  • Thursday Oct. 8: National Depression Screening Day
  • Saturday Oct. 10: World Mental Health Day
  • Saturday Oct. 10: NAMIWalks National Day of Hope

Family Education Meeting

All NAMI Buffalo & Erie County in-person meetings canceled due to COVID until further notice. 

7 – 7:30 p.m. Coffee/social/members library time
7:30 p.m. Presenter: TBD when able to resume in-person meetings

Keep checking back on our website.

Family Education Meetings feature a wide variety of topics and presenters. They are usually held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, except in December. Open to all.

There is no fee for this service, though participants are encouraged to join NAMI Buffalo & Erie County or make a donation, if able. No one is denied membership due to financial hardship. Membership includes local, state, and national NAMI.

Family Education Meeting

All NAMI Buffalo & Erie County in-person meetings canceled due to COVID until further notice. 

7 – 7:30 p.m. Coffee/social/members library time
7:30 p.m. Presenter: TBD when able to resume in-person meetings

Keep checking back on our website.

Family Education Meetings feature a wide variety of topics and presenters. They are usually held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, except in December. Open to all.

There is no fee for this service, though participants are encouraged to join NAMI Buffalo & Erie County or make a donation, if able. No one is denied membership due to financial hardship. Membership includes local, state, and national NAMI.

Register now: Family-to-Family Online class begins Mondays, 2/22 to 4/12/21, 6-8:30 pm!

National best-practice award-winning 8-week class for family members and caregivers of those living with mental illness. There is no fee to attend and needed materials are supplied. Space is limited. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for the course, which is taught by experienced, trained family members. Classes cover everything from diagnosis and medications to legal and health system concerns, and how to support your loved one for the best possible outcomes, as well as family communication, wellness and stress management for caregivers. Participants need to commit to attending all 8 weeks of class, unless they have an emergency.

Topics include:

  • illnesses; incl. schizophrenia, major depression,
    bipolar disorder, panic/anxiety disorder,
    obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline
    personality disorder, PTSD
  •  coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse
  • basic info about medications and working with
    treatment professionals
  • listening and communication techniques
  • problem-solving techniques
  • recover and rehabilitation
  • caregivers’ self-care around worry and stress

Click to view a brief video about the class

Family-to-Family classes are offered several times a year. Again, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Preference is given to NAMI Buffalo & Erie County members until 3 weeks before class starts. For more information, or to register, email online@namibuffalony.org or call 716-226-6264.

The February 22 – April 12 class is full.
If you would like to know when future classes are forming, contact our office at info@namibuffalony.org

TEST event

TEST – DO NOT REGISTER

If you wish to attend a NAMI Family Support Group, see other calendar dates for scheduled group meetings.

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Thank you for your interest in a Zoom meeting for a NAMI Family Support Group with NAMI Buffalo & Erie County. This group meets on xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. You will need to register for each date you wish to attend. Identifying information we request is used only to confirm your registration or in case of an emergency during the meeting.

To begin registration, click here.

IMPORTANT: If this is your first time attending Family Support Group, we will call you to be sure you have the information you need to participate. Your registration will be confirmed after you have spoken with our office. The caller ID will say “Boston, NY”. We can only admit new participants after this phone call. If there is a best time to reach you, please email the time to online@namibuffalony.org.

Please look at the additional information you will receive before the meeting for the best possible experience of the online Family Support Group.

We recommend that you log in 10-15 minutes before the meeting starts to be sure that you get in successfully.

Email the office at online@namibuffalony.org or call 716-226-6264 x 101 for questions or log-in difficulty.

 

NO Zoom Family Support Group Online this afternoon

Zoom Family Support Group Online for Jan. 6, 2021 is canceled. Please call our Helpline at 716-226-6264, option 1 to speak with a trained volunteer; or you may email a request to attend another group later in the month.

All NAMI Buffalo & Erie County in-person meetings canceled due to COVID until further notice. 

You can pre-register for a Zoom online Family Support Group by emailing online@namibuffalony.org with 
1) the date of the Family Support Group you wish to attend, 
2) your name and 
3) a phone number for us to call and arrange to get you registered.

For Niagara Falls metro area: this online Family Support Group is available for Niagara County residents at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center with loaner computers and tech help. Transportation is also available for those who want to participate in online Family Support Groups in the Falls but aren’t sure how to use, or do not have access to, computers or wi-fi  Use of the tech access space and transportation for Niagara Falls must be reserved by 3 pm the day before the group attending. Wearing a mask and social distancing are required. Contact Taylor at 716-343-3061 to reserve tech access space and to arrange transportation, if needed.

Please stay safe and well. 

Facilitated, confidential support for family members and caregivers concerned about and/or caring for a person with mental illness.

There is no fee for this service, though participants are encouraged to join NAMI Buffalo & Erie County or make a donation, if able. No one is denied membership due to financial hardship. Membership includes local, state, and national NAMI.

This group is not appropriate for a person who has a diagnosis unless they are a caregiver of a loved one who has mental illness. Referrals to other services available. For any questions, call the office at 716-226-6264.