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We have changed!  NAMI Stamford/Greenwich IS now NAMI Southwest CT! Our new identity reflects the fact that we serve Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Westport, Weston and Wilton. We are an active affiliate with members from communities in Fairfield County and are affiliated with the State and National NAMI organizations. Our website contains the latest information on our meetings, support groups, and other activities. We hope you find the information on this site helpful. Check the menu bar at the left for all details of our programs and events!

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Stay informed on NAMI Southwest CT events, meetings and other information, receive our e-news on the 1st and 15th of the month. Click here to fill out information to be on our email list. 

NAMI SOUTHWEST CT'S UPCOMING SPEAKER EVENTS - SPRING 2015

DCF Voluntary Services Demystified - Thursday, February 12, 7:30 PM,  Tully Health Center, Conference Room B, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford, CT.

DCF VOLUNTARY SERVICES DEMYSTIFIED, A LIFELINE FOR YOUR CHILD WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. IF YOUR CHILD IS STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES, don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the many services offered by the Department of Children and Families to eligible families. The Voluntary Services program for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances, mental illnesses, and/or substance dependency emphasizes a community-based approach. Parents and families are critical participants in the planning and delivery of services for their child or youth. The Voluntary Services Program promotes positive development and may provide, at the request of the family, casework, individual or group counseling, parent guidance or respite relief, intensive behavior management training, community referrals, and treatment services.

YOU WILL LEARN:

·       All about Voluntary Services, and how to request them

·       What phases the request goes through before a decision is made

·       How services are provided

·       How Voluntary Service cases are concluded

Ample time for Questions and Answers will follow the presentation.

SPEAKERS: John Callas, MSW, and Brian Behmke, LCSW, are Program Managers at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. With decades of experience between them, they have developed programs serving families in areas ranging from Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, Substance Abuse, and Adolescent Services.         

Hosted by the NAMI Southest CT, the presentation is free and open to the public. Call 203 -388-1603 for info.   

Understanding School Refusal Behavior - Monday, February 23, 7:00 to 8:30 PM,  G & B Cultural Center, 49 New Street, Wilton, CT.  The NAMI-CAN Support Group is holding a special evening program. A panel of experts working with children of all ages will discuss what to do when a child says, “I don’t want to go to school today.”  Registration is encouraged: Sheryl at SherylKayne@gmail.com, or Lisa 203-858-7491.

Parenting the Mood-Disordered Child - Thursday, March 12, 7:30 PM, Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Rd., Greenwich, CT. Speakers: Psychiatrist Dr. Gianni Faedda & psychologist Dr. Nancy Austin. 

ECT: Myths and Facts  - Thursday, April 9, 7:30 PM, Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Rd., Greenwich, CT. Speaker: Dr. Charles Kellner, Dept. Director of the ECT Service at Mt. Sinai Hospital. 

Self-Harming Behavior  - Thursday, May 14, 7:30 PM, Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Rd., Greenwich, CT.  Speaker: Psychiatrist Dr. Blaise Aguirre from McClean Hospital. 

Transition Planning  Thursday, June 11, 7:30 PM, Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford.  CT Parent Advocacy Center speaker. 

NATIONAL EDUCATION ALLIANCE FOR BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER - Winter 2015 Call-In Series

Sunday Call-In Series 2015 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. beginning on February 15th through April 19th. For complete details, topics, speakers and to register click on the following link:

http://www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.com/news/nea-bpd-free-winter-series-call-in-start-date-feb-15th-with-drs-charlie-swenson-and-kelly-koerner-registration-at-neabpdcallsaol-com/

 

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NAMI FAMILY TO FAMILY BEGINS LATE JANUARY 2015

THERE ARE A FEW SEATS LEFT FOR THIS SPRING SESSION!

Does someone you love suffer from a mental illness? Take our FREE course for family members, caregivers, and friends of adults suffering from: depression, bipolar, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other serious brain disorders.

NAMI Southwest CT--Spring Family to Family Class (Greenwich)

Where:  Greenwich Hospital Cafeteria Conference Room, 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich, CT 06830

When:  SATURDAY MORNINGS - January 31 to April 12

Time:  9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Register with Claudia (203) 428-6864 SPACE IS LIMITED.

NAMI BASICS SET FOR SPRING 2015

NAMI Basics is a free six-session course that provides the fundamentals of caring for you, your family and your child with mental illness. See the dates below for the spring class.

Nami Southwest CT---Spring Basics Class (Greenwich)

Where: Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road ---Mazza Room (Ground Floor), Greenwich , CT 06830

When:  MONDAYS-April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11

Time:  6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Registration required!  Contact:  Dawn-203.249.5935 or Lorraine -203.858.1477

 CRISIS PREVENTION AND PLANNING

It is important to be prepared in case of a psychiatric crisis. Click on the "Crisis Prevention and Planning" link below for helpful details.

Remember NAMI's most important Principle of Support: We will never give up hope!


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Crisis Prevention and Planning (Word Document)

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