Children's Information Services 
July 2015 Newsletter
NAMI Basics News


Enough energy to light the world aptly describes the atmosphere of our May 30th seminar in Cedar Knolls! Many thanks to our organizers, Karen Kupfer, Linda vanMelis, Beth Vecchio and the ladies of our latest training class who provided inspiration. Mt. Carmel of Notre Dame Church graciously lent their facilities to us for the morning. To start our day, Deb Koss, our keynoter, discussed developmental milestones in a context approachable to all present and joined our panel in the second hour. The panel fielded questions - sometimes two at a time - from the enthusiastic audience of Basics teachers and affiliate leaders. In the last hour, Linda vanMelis led a group interested in an overview of the Basics program. Ira Fingles shared information about special needs trusts and Basics teachers met in the final hour to network and share ideas about expanding our educational activities for families of children with mental health challenges.  We will carry our energy to Vineland on August 1 for further discussion of children's mental health in New Jersey. 




Children's Information Service Meeting
  • Eva O'Malley, member of the National Board of Directors of CHADD and founder of TriCHADD NJ will lead a discussion of executive functioning and events and strategies that shape it.
  • Outreach strategies for our Basics program.
  • Affiliate activities and advocacy for children's mental health.
  • Partnerships with agencies focusing on children.

 Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10 am - 1pm
Cumberland Gloucester and Salem FSO
3739 North Delsea Drive
Vineland, NJ 08360
Light Lunch


RSVP to Carol McGough at 973-680-1603 or


Children's Mental Health News

How Summer Camp Helps Develop Your Child's Mental Health and Resilience


Attendance at summer camp reduces summer loss and provides the opportunity for children to enhance behavioral and cognitive development. Learning to separate builds resilience, autonomy and independence. Overcoming challenges in a safe environment assists children to learn from success and failure and build self-confidence through their achievements. At camp, children learn self-reliance by doing for themselves, which also enhances self-confidence. Independent decision-making, working in a group, sharing responsibilities, learning new skills - all contribute to the development of positive mental health and resilience.  Read article




Summertime means fun and relaxation for parents and children. The following lists activities and events that are enjoyable and educational!


Build a laser obstacle course. Play balloon ping-pong. Run marble races with pool noodles. Sarah Ward is a therapist whose clients are children with executive function issues. This page lists many individual boredom busters as well as links to many more!


Fifty free family activities lists something for everyone in every part of New Jersey.


* PsychCentral lists seven practical suggestions for parents to reduce the summer backslide.

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