NAMI BI is a non-profit that aims to improve mental health services on the island, brings awareness and information to the community via ongoing events and conversations, and provides family support*.
EMERGENCY: Call 911.
Give as much information as possible so that responders are prepared for a mental health issue. Detail e.g. no firearms visible, noise nuisance, damage to property, safety of ill person self or other… because…
If you need help but not in emergency, see the Services page, or phone 207-229-6349, on-island. Also remember The Suicide Prevention Lifeline, anonymous, is 1-800-273-8255. Also you can look up Suicide Prevention QPR.
Ongoing meetings and events:
*NAMI-BI offers a free confidential and safe Family Support Group for individuals (over 18) with a family member or close personal friend of family living with mental illness. We meet in the Island Free Library, Room C from 10 – 11.30 am on the first Saturday of each month. Facilitators are locals who have received extensive training and also have family with mental health challenges. Inquire 860-202-1124 or 401-486-9278, for yourself, or if you are a friend of a Block Island family.
During the summer, NAMI BI and the Island Free Library will show a TED talk on 2nd and 4th Saturday each month, 10 – 11 am, at the Library. All, residents and visitors, are invited to come, watch, then join in Q/A and discussion. Whether or not we agree with the TED speakers, they will give us something to think about. Details of dates and topics here.
Suicide Prevention: NAMI BI hosted an event from the QPR Institute. It was a SHORT event, which really brought the CAN DO into the room. QPR is analogous to CPR and stands for Question, Persuade, Refer. The help given was demystifying and practical, but didn’t fudge that Learn to Listen is hard work, and takes emotional effort. Just like CPR: ANYONE can learn this stuff, and you may never need it, but, you might!
On Friday 18 / Saturday 19 May 2018, during Mental Health Month, Block Island Spring Conference was held, on the topic Depression: A Community Conversation – what do we know? what can we do?
report here [also see What is “depression”? it would help us all to know more about this catch-all label, or, watch this TED talk, Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret We Share, which suggests questions to be asked]
In May 2017, we organized an Opioid Conference, click here for details. What does BI think, feel, know? about the ” opioid epidemic”, as news outlets call it? The review of the 2017 conference is here. If you have time (45 minutes) watch the video: Addiction is …
Others Recent Events Report: Brought by NAMI RI, in February, two programs took place in BI school: “Inside Mental Illness” for High School Students and “Parents and Teachers as Allies” to which all in the community were invited. Click here to access the slides that accompanied these interactive events.
Scroll down for further information and background to NAMI BI:
The Mental Health Task Force began some years ago in the wake of the tragic death of a resident with mental illness who could not receive services on island.
to work to bring mental health services to the island
to educate the community and reduce stigma [example, What is “depression”?]
to provide support for families of persons with mental illness
There are several ways in which the community can be involved. Look at “Can You Help“. Join in the Community Conversations. Come to the BI NAMI events that are advertised in The Block Island Times and on the Block Island Bulletin Board. Make contact or comment in the community posts. You might like to write a post – please ask. You might have found an article of interest – please send.