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This event is sponsored by Anita Pandolfe Ruchman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner; NAMI Cape Ann; Gloucester Health Department, and The Samaritans
Gloucester Community Cinema, Main Street, Gloucester
Talk, info, screening of film and Q&A • Admittance at the door by cash donation.


NAMI Cape Ann is pleased to offer a suicide awareness training in collaboration with the Samaritans of Merrimack Valley.   Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken will be our keynote speaker.  Click on the following link for details. SuicideAwarenessTraining-9-24-18


Important Update about Family-to-Family Education Program, planned for September 15.

NAMI Greater North Shore plans to conduct a Family-to-Family Education Program also starting September 15. We have decided to postpone our session until early next year (likely mid to late February). If you are interested in a September session, please contact NAMI Greater North Shore, as follows. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Family-to-Family Education Program conducted by NAMI Greater North Shore

Salem, MA
Saturdays • 9:00 – 11:30 am
Starting: September 15, 2018

To register or for more information, please contact:
Pat Danielson at 978-922-0207  or  Pat Riley at 617-548-7037

The program is free, but you need to preregister.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, evidence-based 12-week educational course for families, partners, and friends of individuals with serious mental health challenges – taught by NAMI-trained family member volunteers – providing resources, insights, coping skills, and genuine support.


Read about our programs and activities in our summer newsletter!   NAMI_Cape_Ann_2018_Summer_Newsletter


The 2018 North Shore/Cape Ann Community Resource Manual, published June 21, 2018, is a collaborative effort between Pathways for Children, the Children’s Law Center of MA, and the Youth at Risk program.

This manual is intended to be used as a guide to the many organizations that serve youth and families in Cape Ann and on the North Shore, which include the towns of Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott, and Wenham.

Please click here to view the manual in a shareable PDF format:   North Shore Cape Ann Community Resource Manual 2018

A story of hope and resilience by a local author…

A heartbreaking true story of a brilliant 19 year old son’s first break with schizophrenia. In the midst of a schizophrenic episode, Aaron survives an 80 foot jump off of the local bridge, only to struggle both physically and mentally to recover from this tragedy. D. J. Munroe’s upward battle with the system to obtain the right treatment for her son, a physics major with a promising career, cut down in his prime, is the focus of this book. The message of this book is that there is hope, and there is recovery from schizophrenia.

Click here to watch an interview with the author!
D.J. Munroe, (pen name) a resident of Gloucester, earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education at Salem State University. She worked with special needs children and their families as a Developmental Educator. Today she continues to advocate for these families, along with all families affected by a mental illness. D.J. is certified and trained by The National Alliance on Mental Illness as a NAMI Family to Family teacher, NAMI Basics teacher, and trained support group facilitator. She serves on the Board of Directors of NAMI Massachusetts, and is a past president of NAMI Cape Ann. For information on ordering copies of the book, contact NAMI Cape Ann.

Examples of Past Events

When: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis St., Gloucester, MA. 01930

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Cape Ann and NAMI Greater North Shore are presenting an informative discussion about Employment of Persons with Mental Health Conditions.

Joan Rapp, Senior Training Specialist from the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, will facilitate the event and share with us some new resources available for Families from the Center.

1. Quick overview of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
2. Value of employment for recovery.
3. Barriers and strategies for employment.
4. Intro (with internet) to three new, available resources specifically for families.



Special exhibit through February 11, 2018

Special Panel Discussion: Mental Health Resources on the North Shore, Tuesday October 17, 2017

Where: Beverly Hospital Auditorium
Who: Open to the public, and free admission.
Moderator: Mary E. Grant, MS, RN, Former State Representative
Panel Members:
Kevin Norton, CEO Lahey Health Behavioral Services– Oversees Beverly Hospital & Addison Gilbert Emergency Departments, Outpatient Partial Hospital Program, Leland Unit , Bay Ridge Psychiatric Hospital, and Psychiatric Emergency Services (ESP) in Salem
Marguerite Roberts, MS, NP, North Shore Medical Center (Formerly Salem Hospital)
Dr. Kimberly Roberts-Shultheis, Director of Addiction Services, Lynn Community Health Center, provides integrated behavioral health care services including addiction treatment
Andrea Hall, Director, Emergency Psychiatric Services Program in Salem– Provides emergency call line and on site help to people in crisis. Oversees 8 crisis and respite beds.
Mark Panjwani, Beverly Police Officer– Medical Director and Beverly Hospital Liaison

NAMI Cape Ann hosted a Q&A Session on March 10, 2016, with the Mass. Department of Mental Health (DMH) with Linda Simons and Fred Hammdorff of DMH’s Northeast Area Office.

Participants gained a basic understanding of eligibility requirements and services offered for individuals with mental health disabilities through questions addressed to the speakers.

To read session highlights, please click here: DMH presentation-NAMI_031016.pdf

Throughout the year, NAMI Cape Ann hosts Special Workshops on Important Topics of Concern, such as Social Security Disability Benefits and Work, Special Needs Trusts, Department of Mental Health services and more.
Special Needs Trusts workshop by Attorney Julie Low, 2015

NAMI’s “Hope Starts With You” PSA series features the stories of two different individuals who are in need of mental health support much like 1 in 5 Americans. – View short films at:

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