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Join NAMI in Buffalo & Erie County

As a member of NAMI in Buffalo & Erie County, you will join with parents, spouses, siblings, friends and people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness to advocate for improved treatment and a better quality of life for those who have a mental illness.




               Thank you! We appreciate your support for NAMI in Buffalo & Erie County.

Membership includes subscription to NAMI newsletters; e-alerts at local, state and national levels. It also includes access to our local chapter's media library and discounts on NAMI web "store" materials; up-to-date information on medications, research, and legislative issues; voting privileges at local and state levels, and it builds our voting strength at the NAMI national level.

About Donations

Your contribution makes a significant impact on families and individuals right here in western New York.

NAMI is a neighbors-helping-neighbors organization that provides family support, education, and advocacy that government and agencies typically do not. Your contribution will have a significant impact on our ability to continue our work and expand our reach at local, state, and national levels.

Here are some ways we put your donation to work:

        • Continue our strong public advocacy, demanding improved services for persons living with mental illness and their families
        • Address insensitivity to persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system
        • Increase public awareness through brochures, videos, the internet and publications
        • Bring you the latest information on research, treatment and important mental health issues through our newsletter, this website, workshops and events, and e-alerts on fast-moving issues
        • Conduct education programs such as Family-To-Family and Project Homefront for family members and caregivers of individuals who have mental illness 
        • Promote anti-stigma awareness through teaching for all ages (youth, adults, and family members); watchdogging the entertainment industry; use of media and real-time events and outreach; and training health professionals and community leaders
        • Continue to support our mission to improve care and treatment for mentally ill individuals and provide care, support, education, and information to those who have a mental illness, as well as their families, providers, and the community.



NAMI in Buffalo & Erie County is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and your
gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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What we do:

      • Family Education meetings monthly, with speaker (open to all)
      • Family Support Group meetings monthly, in several locations
      • Family-to-Family 8-week course facilitated by trained family members at several times per year, in many WNY locations.
      • Collaborate with Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) partners training for law enforcement professionals.
      • Quarterly Challenger newsletter for members, communicating advances in mental health, legislation pertaining to mental health issues, and current events.
      • Information and referral HelpLine which answers phone and email inquiries, assisting with information pertaining to mental health needs of community members and families.
      • Communicate and collaborate with legislators about mental health issues, provide public testimony on matters affecting individuals and families coping with serious mental illnesses.
      • The Mind Matters publication, a practical guide to professional services in Erie and Niagara County, for use by families and professionals addressing the needs of people with serious mental illness.
      • NAMI Homefront program, a six week online program facilitated by trained family members of veterans, for families of veterans affected by mental health conditions.
      • Collaborate with community agencies and hospitals to improve treatment for mental illness.
      • Provide speakers for inservices, informational meetings, and seminars in the community to educate about mental illness and eradicate the stigma of mental illness (as volunteers are available).
      • Annual holiday gift project provides gifts for several hundred children and adolescents in mental health treatment and care facilities. 
      • Members' circulating library of books and audio visual materials on topics related to mental illness.   



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Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 6 pm

Sean Patrick’s Restaurant

3480 Millersport Highway

Getzville, NY 




 For details please call us at :  716-226-6264


In conjunction with National Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI welcomes as the evening’s

keynote speaker Randye Kaye, a well-known national media personality whose credits include

hosting talk show Issues and Answers, as well as appearing on PBS’ To the Contrary, and WBAI’s

The Positive Mind. Kaye’s appearance in the educational video “Dealing with Stigma in Mental Illness”

came as an extension of her commitment to end the stigma that too often makes the already-serious

challenges of dealing with a mental illness in one’s life, or in a family’s life, even more difficult.

Randye knows whereof she speaks.


Kaye developed a “second career” on the topic mental illness when her son Ben’s inexplicable

behavior changes marked the onset of a mental illness that would alter her family forever.

Her experience with Ben’s illness and recovery taught her a lot about diversity, tolerance, stress

management, and the importance of communication and conflict management. Out of this experience

she authored “Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to

Hope”. She will share some of that insight as the keynote speaker on Friday, May 8th. In bringing

Kaye to Buffalo, NAMI president Marcy Rose notes, “Families need to know that they are not alone

and that there is support and hope—support for the often difficult, confusing and painful realization

that a loved one is seriously ill; and hope for a loved one’s efforts at recovery with treatment, family

support, and community awareness of the realities and challenges in mental illness. NAMI addresses

these challenges in our community every day and works to eliminate stigma around them. We are

pleased to bring Randye Kaye to western New York with her encouraging message.”


Honorees at this year’s dinner are:

Kristin Adduci of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service, Inc.;

Matt Spina of the The Buffalo News,

Dr. Herman Szymanski,

NAMI volunteer Ann Venuto;

Dr. Patrick Welch of the Daemen College Center for Veterans and Veterans Families Services Center;

Chief David Zack and Lt. Brian Gould of the Cheektowaga Police Department.


NAMI members and supporters will also be raising mental health awareness and working to end stigma

around mental illness with volunteer gift wrapping at Barnes & Noble on Niagara Falls Blvd.

on Friday May 9th  and Saturday, May 10th.


NAMI in Buffalo & Erie County is a volunteer membership organization that supports families coping

with a loved one who has a seriousmental illness, advocates for improved mental health services and

programs, and works to end the stigma associated with mental illness.More information about these

events and NAMI’s mission are available at 716-226-6264 or www.namibuffalony.org

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More info on Randye Kaye: www.randyekaye.com and www.benbehindhisvoices.com

NAMI (Mother’s Day) gift wrapping volunteers at Barnes & Noble on:

Friday, May 9th 10 a.m.-7 p.m

Saturday, May 10th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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