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NAMI Mass Advocacy Day

Systemic advocacy is a core pursuit of the NAMI Massachusetts. Each year NAMI Mass gathers mental health advocates from across the Commonwealth at the State House to lobby lawmakers on key legislative priorities.

NAMIWalks Massachusetts

NAMIWalks Massachusetts brings together people of all ages to combat stigma, raise funds, and promote awareness of mental illness. This yearly event is our largest event and biggest fundraiser.

NAMI Mass Convention

Our Annual state Convention brings together over 350 NAMI members and allies for a day of learning and networking. The Convention features workshop sessions, an exhibit hall, and art marketplace, as well as our Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election.

Events Calendar

Our calendar features NAMI Mass events, as well as presentations, webinars, workshops, conferences, and other happenings from local NAMI affiliates and other organizations.

A Community Connection on Mental Health

Monday, November 4, 2019, 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Leominster Public Library
30 West St.

Come share a conversation that will include mental health allies and advocates. Bring your questions and stories.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. ASL interpreters have been requested.

Pharmacotherapy of OCD

November 5, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

This is My Brave College Edition: Tufts University

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Cohen Auditorium, Tufts University Aidekman Arts Center (directions)
(Located on the Medford Campus)
50 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02115

Please join us at Tufts University for our College Edition – a live presentation of essays, original music, comedy and poetry performed by college students living with―or loving someone with―a mental health condition. Be sure to join us in the lobby immediately following the show for a meet-and-greet with the cast and creative team!

*Due to some adult content and strong language, parental guidance is advised for children under 13.

This is a FREE event open to the community! RSVP at
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJrH0-7jGawwT50fIHjiWoEeuBudJK9EiDnB3-xwiyPPDtuA/viewform  (opens in a new window)

This Is My Brave College Edition is made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors: Ruderman Family Foundation and Alkermes Inspiration Grants.

Tunefoolery Open Mic *PUBLIC EVENT*

Thursday, November 7, 2019,⋅3:00 – 5:00 pm

Solomon Carter Fuller Building (map)
85 East Newton Street, 3rd Fl, (Tunefoolery Music, Inc)
Boston, MA 02118

Have you always wanted to perform in front of an audience but were too shy or intimidated to do so? Tunefoolery’s Open Mic Coffeehouse is the place to let it all out before a supportive community of people with lived experience of mental health conditions. All are welcome!

You are invited to sing your song, do your dance, speak your truth before our featuring act, kev g mor.

Located in the South End, Boston Medical Center area, coffee, hot water for tea, and other soft beverages provided as well as our member, Jeff Fisher’s “warm and hearty” muffins and other snacks will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

This event is free and open to the public thanks to our generous donors and funders.

MGH Psychiatry Patient and Family Schizophrenia Education Day:
Advances in Integrated Community Care for People with Serious Mental Illness

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

with check-in from 9:15 am – 10:00 am – Complimentary coffee, tea, and lunch will be served.

The Starr Center Auditorium
Charles River Plaza, 185 Cambridge Street, 2nd floor
Boston, MA, 02114

The Starr Center Auditorium is located on the 2nd floor in the Schepens Eye Research Institute. Look for the Richard B. Simches Research Center building located in the Charles River Plaza next to CVS and Whole Foods.

Parking will not be discounted or validated.

Because of the hospital’s close proximity to the Charles/Mass General Red Line Station, the use of public transportation for this event is highly recommended.

Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To learn more about the program and register, click here or call 866-644-7792.

For more information about the patient and family education series, visit www.mghpatientfamily.org. (opens in new window)

BBR Foundation Webinar: Integrating Virtual Reality into Psychotherapy for Anxious Youth

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

The most common age of onset for anxiety disorders is in adolescence and young adulthood and can put youth at risk for failure to meet academic, social, and occupational milestones, or for developing depression and substance use if not properly treated. Cognitive behavioral therapy with exposure therapy has been identified as the frontline treatment, however a substantial number of patients do not get better or experience relapse. Dr. Pelcovitz will discuss her current research, focusing on enhancing existing therapies by integrating cutting edge technology.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5057950699627497229 (opens in a new window)

Teen Mental Health: Coping, Helping and Living

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7 pm

Plymouth Public Library
132 South Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
https://www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org/

Whether you’re a Teen or a Grandparent, Parent, Aunt or Uncle of a teen or if you have a teen in your life, be sure to come to the powerful presentation on Tuesday November 12th at 7 PM, when powerful stories will be shared, along with ways to reach out to teens facing daily mental health struggles. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Doors open at 6:45. This program is funded through a Health Literacy grant from the South Shore Community Partners in Prevention, CHNA-23.

Bender Virtual Career Fair

Wednesday, November 13, 2019,

Are you a person with a disability… looking for a career opportunity or internship?

This Virtual Career Fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend.

Competitive opportunities for every level of candidate, from experienced professionals, recent college graduates and college students with disabilities, to meet online with employers across the nation!

Students and alumni are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions.

CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS LOOKING TO HIRE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Access opportunities within a wide range of careers.

• Chat with employers across the nation
• Public and private sector opportunities

INTERVIEW WITH EASE

Participate from the comfort of your home,
your dorm room or your favorite coffee shop!

• Discuss careers and internships with multiple employers
• End-to-end accessible technology platform

CAREER FAIRS WITH LESS HASSLE

Save time and money.

• No business suit or travel required
• No printed out resumes necessary

For more information and to register please visit  https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=a0567ba0-7114-433e-9384-a9ac0135db88 (opens in a new window)

Free Documentary Screening of Orchestrating Change, a Film about the World’s Only Orchestra for People Living with Mental Illness

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Waltham Public Library
735 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451

ORCHESTRATING CHANGE is the new feature documentary that tells the story of Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Once Music Director, Ronald Braunstein’s diagnosis was made public, his acclaimed international conducting career came to an end. He dreamed of creating an orchestra for people “like me.” Me2/Orchestra, Inc., based in Boston, is the realization of that dream. The mission of the orchestra is to erase stigma one exhilarating performance at a time. While preparing for a major concert, these extraordinary musicians reveal what it is like to live with a mental illness – the joys and devastating setbacks – and how the orchestra is changing their lives in ways they never imagined.

Stay for the Discussion and Meet the Filmmakers, the Me2/Orchestra Maestro and One or More of the Me2/Boston Musicians. The 90-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with the filmmakers, Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin, Maestro Ronald Braunstein, Me2/Music Director, Caroline Whiddon, Me2/Executive Director, and one or more of the Me2/Boston musicians. Made possible by Massachusetts Humanities Council & Mass Cultural Council.

Taking the “CRIMINAL” Out of “CRIMINAL JUSTICE”: Meeting the needs of people with mental health issues in Massachusetts after passage of the Criminal Justice Reform Act

November 14, 2019, 8:45 am – 5 pm

MCLE
10 Winter Place
Boston, MA 02108

A Conference of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee is Co-Sponsored by Citizens for Juvenile Justice & Prisoner Legal Services

Has the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2018 kept its promises to Massachusetts
residents with mental health needs who are at risk of incarceration or incarcerated?
Where should advocates look next to reform the juvenile/criminal justice systems?

For more information, the agenda and to register please click here

If you have any questions please reach out to Laís Teixeira at lteixeira@mhlac.org or 617-338-2345 Ext. 121

Free Documentary Screening of Orchestrating Change, a Film about the World’s Only Orchestra for People Living with Mental Illness

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Grove Hall Branch Library
41 Geneva Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02121

ORCHESTRATING CHANGE is the new feature documentary that tells the story of Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Once Music Director, Ronald Braunstein’s diagnosis was made public, his acclaimed international conducting career came to an end. He dreamed of creating an orchestra for people “like me.” Me2/Orchestra, Inc., based in Boston, is the realization of that dream. The mission of the orchestra is to erase stigma one exhilarating performance at a time. While preparing for a major concert, these extraordinary musicians reveal what it is like to live with a mental illness – the joys and devastating setbacks – and how the orchestra is changing their lives in ways they never imagined.

Stay for the Discussion and Meet the Filmmakers, the Me2/Orchestra Maestro and One or More of the Me2/Boston Musicians. The 90-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with the filmmakers, Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin, Maestro Ronald Braunstein, Me2/Music Director, Caroline Whiddon, Me2/Executive Director, and one or more of the Me2/Boston musicians. Made possible by Massachusetts Humanities Council & Mass Cultural Council.

Understanding Social Anxiety

November 14, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Metro Boston RLC Facilitator Training Series

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

at the Room next to the Auditorium
At Solomon Carter Fuller Building
85 East Newton Street, Ground level

Pre-registration Required: Email the application to yuka.gordon@bmc.org or Fax (617) 305-9992. Training limited to 15 people

Foundations TRN Application Nov 2019 (Word document)

Check us out on our website: www.MetroBostonRLC.org (opens in new window)

Surviving the Holidaysfor family members and their loved ones who are affected by mental illness

Friday, November 15, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Employment Options, 82 Brigham Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

Join us for an educational and informative evening with Mara Briere, Certified Family Life Educator for ideas for Surviving the Holidays for family members and their loved ones who are affected by mental illness.

Holidays and celebrations, when combined with the stresses of coping with mental illness, can become overwhelming and uncomfortable. Come to this event to learn strategies and planning ideas that can make the season more enjoyable for all.
Mara Briere, founder of Grow a Strong Family (www.growastrongfamily.org), has personal experience with the challenges of coping with life events when faced with caring for a loved one faced with mental illness. Growing a Strong Family fills a gap in support resources for family members and individuals facing similar challenges.
Mara’s educational background includes, among many other credentials, a BA in Philosophy & Sociology from Queens College (NY), an MA pending in Therapeutic Recreation from Northeastern University, a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling from UMass Boston, and an MA in Family Life Education from Concordia University, Saint Paul.

Please RSVP at Eventbrite (search for “Surviving the Holidays” or type the URL)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/surviving-the-holidays-tickets-79371242523

Sponsored by NAMI MetroWest www.namimetrowest.org
For more information email dbuckoski@namimetrowest.org or call (508) 251-9595

Tunefoolery Jubilee of Joy *PUBLIC EVENT*

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 6pm – 8pm

Saint Bartholomew’s Church,
239 Harvard Street, Cambridge, MA (map)

Jubilee of Joy – A fundraising event and a celebration with opportunities to hear stories and music from Tunefoolery’s musicians and learn more about the work of Tunefoolery in the past and today.

Mad in America Webinar: How counseling, family therapy and parent support groups can be provided in the most difficult public school systems in a way that makes referral for psychiatric medications completely unnecessary

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 1:30 pm

The series began on September 17 with an introduction to a Green Movement in Mental Health and how system changes can lead in that direction. The integration of Medicaid health care services in Oregon will be used as an illustration of what worked and what didn’t and why.

That will be followed by 9 monthly webinars starting in October which will focus on program improvements and strategies that will move systems forward so that Green Mental Health is the standard of care.

The fee is $150 for the 10 webinar series.

All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event. (10.0 CEs are pending approval for this series.) For more information and to register, click here.

Transitions ACR Webinar: Re-Conceptualizing & Boosting Engagement for Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Needs in Community-Based Services

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Vanessa Klodnick, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.,
Youth & Young Adult Services Director of Research & Innovation at Thresholds

This webinar examines the complexity of service engagement for 18-25 year olds enrolled in multidisciplinary team-based services. Find our more and Register HERE. (opens in new window)

OCD Recovery for the Not-SoBrave

November 19, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series

McConnell Auditorium
at Smith College
7 College Lane,
Northampton, MA 01063

For more information OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series (opens in new window)

NAMI Greater Boston Peer Support and Advocacy Network Monthly Business Meeting with Speaker Deborah Shields, NAMI Masachusetts Executive Director

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Center Club, 31 Bowker Street, Boston
Right around the corner from the Haymarket MBTA

 

Free Pizza & Soda served at 6:30 pm and the meeting is FREE and open to the public and scheduled to end at 8:30 pm. New attendees please RSVP to hdt@nami.org so there is enough food

Bio:

Deborah Shields JD, MPH attended Northeastern University School of Law and Boston University School of Public Health. She spent over 20 years working with people with HIV/AIDS and cancer as an advocate, attorney, program planner and has served as an Executive Director of multiple public health advocacy organizations. She identifies as a person with lived experience as well as a family member of someone with mental health conditions. She lives in Boston with her partner and their dog Clover and a bunny. She is currently the executive director of NAMI Massachusetts.

8th Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium

Friday, November 22, 2019, 9:30 – 3:00 pm

JFK Library, Boston

Register for this event at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egnumoxm27436699&llr=rue4mocab&showPage=true (opens in a new window)

Please register for the Boston Symposium by November 15.

The Department of Mental Health is pleased to announce The 8th Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium to be held in both Boston and Holyoke. This Symposium is a training and educational event dedicated to the memory of Stephanie Moulton who spent her life in the service of others. By celebrating her life, we honor the dedication of all direct care workers and focus on working together to create and sustain environments that respect and foster the dignity, safety and well-being of all people. The program for this symposium is designed to present information, resources and an environment of healing for everyone throughout the mental health community.

The Stephanie Moulton Symposium is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health with special thanks to our friends at the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health.

Target Audience: DMH and Provider Staff, people who receive services, and other stakeholders

If accommodations such as ASL interpreters or visual aids are needed and for any other questions, please contact Kathleen Hammerstrom at costaffdev@massmail.state.ma.us by: November 1, 2019 for Boston

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Saturday, November 23, 2019

For more information https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-day/ (opens in a new window)

Doors to Wellbeing Webinar: Peer Support and Smoking Cessation

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 2 – 3 pm

Presented by: Gina Calhoun

Register at  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2493797227173689859  (opens in a new window)

The Good Fight: My Life With OCD

December 3, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Tunefoolery Open Mic *PUBLIC EVENT*

Thursday, December 5, 2019,⋅3:00 – 5:00 pm

Solomon Carter Fuller Building (map)
85 East Newton Street, 3rd Fl, (Tunefoolery Music, Inc)
Boston, MA 02118

Have you always wanted to perform in front of an audience but were too shy or intimidated to do so? Tunefoolery’s Open Mic Coffeehouse is the place to let it all out before a supportive community of people with lived experience of mental health conditions. All are welcome!

You are invited to sing your song, do your dance, speak your truth before our featuring act, kev g mor.

Located in the South End, Boston Medical Center area, coffee, hot water for tea, and other soft beverages provided as well as our member, Jeff Fisher’s “warm and hearty” muffins and other snacks will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

This event is free and open to the public thanks to our generous donors and funders.

NIH/NLM Webinar: Engaging Parents and Caregivers in Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Recovery

December 5, 2019, 3 – 4 PM

To learn more about the webinar and to register please click here

To learn more about the Partnership and Center on Addiction: https://drugfree.org/

BBR Foundation Webinar: Changing the Way the World Thinks About Eating Disorders

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Genetic research has encouraged us to think not only about the psychiatric aspects of anorexia nervosa, but also about metabolic factors. Anorexia nervosa can be life threatening and strikes individuals of all genders and backgrounds. Recent advances in genetic research have revealed significant genetic correlations not only with other psychiatric disorders, but also with a broad range of metabolic and anthropometric (body measurement) factors. This work leads us to question whether we could improve outcomes of illness by intervening on both psychiatric and metabolic levels. Dr. Bulik will also introduce the next generation of research, namely the Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI).

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5057950699627497229 (opens in a new window)

NAMI Greater North Shore presents SSD and SSI Application and Determination Process

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 5:45 – 7:30pm

Senior Center, 38 Maple Street, Middleton

Attorney Ronald B. Eskin from the Law Office of Ronald B Eskin will talk about the Social Security disability application and determination process. Bring your questions. For some FAQ’s and their answers visit http://www.eskinla.,woffice.com/faqs

Let’s Talk About Medications: A Questions and Answer Session

December 12, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Tunefoolery Holiday Concert *PUBLIC EVENT*

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 7 – 9pm

Lilypad Inman
1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA (map)

Tickets: $10 at the door

Mad in America Webinar: A description of trauma-informed programs and how to make them the standard of care in every program from outpatient to residential to inpatient levels of care

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 1:30pm

The series began on September 17 with an introduction to a Green Movement in Mental Health and how system changes can lead in that direction. The integration of Medicaid health care services in Oregon will be used as an illustration of what worked and what didn’t and why.

That will be followed by 9 monthly webinars starting in October which will focus on program improvements and strategies that will move systems forward so that Green Mental Health is the standard of care.

The fee is $150 for the 10 webinar series.

All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event. (10.0 CEs are pending approval for this series.) For more information and to register, click here.

Emergence of OCD in Childhood

December 17, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series

McConnell Auditorium
at Smith College
7 College Lane,
Northampton, MA 01063

For more information OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Bathroom Habits

January 7, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Perinatal and Postpartum OCD: Diagnosis and Treatment

January 9, 2020, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window).

Mad in America Webinar: What real world experience has taught about making system changes at local, regional and state levels. A description of how partnerships, program ideas, budget development, legislation and advocacy come together.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 1:30pm

The series began on September 17 with an introduction to a Green Movement in Mental Health and how system changes can lead in that direction. The integration of Medicaid health care services in Oregon will be used as an illustration of what worked and what didn’t and why.

That will be followed by 9 monthly webinars starting in October which will focus on program improvements and strategies that will move systems forward so that Green Mental Health is the standard of care.

The fee is $150 for the 10 webinar series.

All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event. (10.0 CEs are pending approval for this series.) For more information and to register, click here.

Buried in Treasures

January 21, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series

McConnell Auditorium
at Smith College
7 College Lane,
Northampton, MA 01063

For more information OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series (opens in new window)

NIH/NLM Webinar: Struggles and Strategies for Survival Beyond the Walls of Jail

January 30, 2020, 3 – 4 PM

To learn more about the webinar and to register please click here

To learn more about the Partnership and Center on Addiction: https://drugfree.org/

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