Children's Information Services 
January 2014 Newsletter
NAMI Basics News


NAMI NJ welcomes eight new Basics teachers trained on January 11-12, 2014 - Kelly Brooks, Claire Cooney, Lauren Hirtes, Michelle Melgarejo, Kathy Nauta of Sussex; Sandy and Tony Wilson of Camden and Connie Joi~Waters of Gloucester. All of our new teachers underwent an emotional and intensive weekend education program, compassionately and capably led by Linda vanMelis, our NJ state trainer.


Check the NAMI NJ website for specifics of spring Basics classes in Mercer, Bergen and Sussex. Marta Silva will teach Bases y Fundamentos in Union City (Hudson) beginning on January 29th.


Friday children's conference calls with Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI's medical director and a child and adolescent psychiatrist, take place on the third Friday of every month. The calls are toll free and are scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. E.T. To access the toll-free call, please dial 1-888-858-6021; access number 309918#.


Children's Mental Health News
Summaries from Psychiatric Times - monthly print and online newsletter.  


Co-Occurring Mania and ADHD in Youth -  January 09, 2014


Evidence suggests that co-occurrence with ADHD is a marker of preadolescent-onset mania. This article provides some of this evidence so that you may be able to decide whether this form of very early-onset mania represents a developmental subtype of the disorder.  



Bipolar Disorder in Youth - December 19, 2013 

Several recent studies provide some answers to clinically important questions about bipolar disorder in children and adolescents: duration of mania symptoms over time, incidence of suicide ideation and attempts, severity of depression, new medications in treatment of acute bipolar disorder.




Guiding Principles

A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline

January 2014

U.S. Department of Education


Disability Rights New Jersey
Tel: 609-292-9742
Toll Free in NJ: 800-922-7233 

NJ's federally funded protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. ATAC (Assistive Technology Advocacy Center) is a program of DRNJ which provides information and referral, outreach and education, technical assistance and advocacy in the area of assistive technology.


Assistive Technology for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder: 


Bipolar? There's an App for that!

Melody Moezzi, March 28, 2011


Fobie Friends

Available on iTunes or check Fobie Friends Facebook page


The 13 Best Bipolar Disorder iPhone & Android Apps of 2013

Stephanie Watson, August 9, 2013


Bill Steele, July 3, 2013



This quarterly Children's eNewsletter facilitated by Carol McGough, Coordinator of NAMINJ Children's Information Services, include news of NAMI Basics Education Program in New Jersey, as well as information about research and services for children and their families affected by mental illness. Send comments and suggestions to Carol at  





For more information about
NAMI Basics in NJ, contact
Carol McGough
Program Coordinator
at (973) 680-1603 or
NAMI NEW JERSEY / 1562 Route 130 / North Brunswick, New Jersey 08902 / 732-940-0991