Children's Information Services 
October 2015 Newsletter
NAMI Basics News

We are well into the fall season with classes in Gloucester, Mercer and Morris. Our Morris class has 20 parents enrolled who actively seek out each other's experiences and expertise. It is gratifying to observe the support and care in each session and by phone and email between sessions. The class in Gloucester is the first ever Basics program in that county. Thanks and gratitude to Conni~Joi and Lilith for their hard work.
Revised manuals will be available in January/February 2016. 
We are in search of Basics' teachers and affiliate leaders interested in developing new programs. On the drawing board is a program on transition - the ages from 14-25 - with a focus on accessing adult services and preparation for post-secondary education. We NEED your ideas and talents. Contact us now!  
Children's Mental Health News

In 2014, the American Council on Education, the American Psychological Association and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education completed a one year partnership to review the trends in college mental health and to highlight examples of practices that contribute to student well being. They found that "we need a web of caring services and programs of outreach, education and prevention that, taken together, achieve several important goals."
The goals include: reduction in fragmentation of services and increased access to mental health programs, recognition of patterns of campus life that "suggest the presence of mental and behavioral health concerns," provision of outreach education, and nurturing a supportive atmosphere  on campus.
The 2014 annual report of the Collegiate Center for Mental Health provides statistics regarding students and mental health on more than 280 campuses

The resources below, including a workshop led by a psychologist and educational consultant, offer useful information for students and parents about post-secondary education - issues facing students approaching this phase of life and thriving in college.
Crucial Elements to Success for Students with Mental Health Challenges, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP sponsored by the NJ Association of College Admission Counselors, 11/13/15, 10-12, Caldwell University.
Graduation and Students with Disabilities: What Parents need to Know, from Hinkle, Fingles and Prior at
NAMI on Campus,

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