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NAMI Support Moves Online in Bucks County, PA

May 19, 2020

Registration is now required for all Online Support Groups. Please complete the registration form below. Download Online Group Schedule—Get Resources Concern over a new type of coronavirus, abbreviated COVID-19, can make everyone anxious, especially individuals with mental health conditions and their loved ones. While we don’t know where and to what extent the disease may more »

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Film Screening: A Beautiful Day Tomorrow

May 11, 2020

Join suicide awareness and mental health advocate Gabriel Nathan on an inspiring road-trip as he collects stories of suicide loss and attempt survivors in his 1963 Volkswagen Beetle (a Herbie the Love Bug replica). This charming documentary is a hopeful road movie that will educate, inspire, and continue the conversation about suicide in America. Saturday, more »

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Beneath the Vest: First Responder Mental Health Virtual Film Screening

Beneath the Vest is a series of short films by OC87 Recovery Diaries featuring 8 stirring stories of real first responders who have struggled with mental health challenges and came out on the other side. These brave men and women demonstrate that seeking help is a strength, not a weakness, and that hope and recovery more »

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Coronavirus: PA Mental Health Counselors See Patients Online

April 19, 2020

Mar 24, 2020 By Doug Gross Patch https://patch.com/pennsylvania/warminster/coronavirus-pa-mental-health-counselors-see-patients-online Pennsylvanians were trucking along a couple of weeks ago, mindful of the stock market and other signposts along the way but more or less keeping their loads balanced. Then the new coronavirus slammed on the brakes, causing a pileup that commingled their stuff — their jobs, their more »

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Dealing with mental health and the coronavirus: ‘It’s triggering’

March 20, 2020 By Ellie Silverman The Philadelphia Inquirer https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pennsylvania-mental-health-ocd-depression-anxiety-20200320.html Motivational speaker Melissa Hopely Rice notices when a kid in the classroom sneezes. “In my head, I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, he might have coronavirus,’” she said. From there, Rice said, she starts spiraling with disturbing thoughts: Well, he touched that desk and I touched more »

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NAMI Virtual Forum: Staying Clean & Sober During A Pandemic

April 16, 2020

Join Dr. Patrick McElwaine and Nick Emeigh of NAMI as they share their experience, strength, hope and resources for staying clean and sober in a time of isolation and fear. Pat and Nick have 15 years of collective sobriety, one day at a time. When: Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 PM (Encore Presentation!) Where: Live more »

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NAMI Homefront Online Registration Now Open

March 30, 2020

– NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions. Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving more »

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates

March 12, 2020

NAMI Program Updates (Call us at 1-866-399-NAMI (6264) to confirm before you attend.) Updated: 3/20/2020 at 10:30 PM NAMI Family-to-Family and NAMI Peer-to-Peer have been postponed until further notice. All NAMI Support Groups will be held as online/phone-in groups. See Details Our “Bread for Brains” Fundraiser at Panera Doylestown is postponed until further notice. Our more »

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Hope Is Not Canceled: NAMI Bucks County is #MakingStrides!

May 11, 2020

Sunday, October 4, 2020 in Warminster Community Park Register — Donate — Become a Sponsor – Our 6th Annual Stride for Mental Health Awareness is right around the corner! This years event will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 1pm – 4pm at Warminster Community Park (via the Special Events entrance at 350 more »

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This Mental Health Law Passed With Broad Support. Why Aren’t PA Counties Using It?

March 8, 2020

February 3, 2020 By Brett Sholtis WSKG https://wskg.org/news/this-mental-health-law-passed-with-broad-support-why-arent-pa-counties-using-it/ TRANSFORMING HEALTH — When Act 106 was passed into law in October 2018, lawmakers said it would help people with some of the most severe mental illnesses by allowing judges to set up “assisted outpatient treatment” plans. The bill passed with no votes against it. Republicans and more »

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Pennsylvania prison suicides are at an all-time high. Families blame ‘reprehensible’ mental-health care.

Updated: February 20, 2020 By Samantha Melamed The Philadelphia Inquirer https://www.inquirer.com/news/graterford-prison-suicide-pennsylvania-lawsuits-correct-care-solutions-mhm-20200220.html Roland Alston was despondent. The Graterford Prison lifer, who had been diagnosed with depression and paranoid personality disorder, had thrown out all his photos and legal materials. According to a legal filing, he told mental-health staff in March 2018 that he wanted “to give more »

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NAMI Provider Seminar

January 25, 2020

NAMI Provider is a 4-hour seminar for staff at facilities providing mental health treatment services. It introduces audiences to the unique perspectives of individuals affected by mental health conditions and to the importance of a culturally sensitive, collaborative approach to treatment. The curriculum consists of short lectures, group discussions and group exercises, and is typically more »

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Gov. Wolf outlines effort to bolster mental health services in Pa.

January 9, 2020

Jan 2, 2020, 10:50 AM Mark Scolforo, Associated Press Pittsburgh Post-Gazette https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/01/02/Governor-wolf-pennsylvania-mental-health-services/stories/202001020126 HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s governor announced a broad effort Thursday to improve mental health services and change public perceptions of mental illness. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf rolled out an initiative that includes more resources and a public outreach campaign, saying the approach was inspired by more »

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Enrollment is Open for NAMI Homefront Online

December 13, 2019

– NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions. Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving more »

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Veterinarians Are Killing Themselves: An Online Group Is There To Listen And Help

September 7, 2019

Dr. Carrie Jurney is on the board of an online organization that works to prevent suicides. It’s called Not One More Vet. This isn’t a mental health support group for veterans — it’s for veterinarians. Veterinarians are killing themselves in alarming numbers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found male vets are 2.1 times more »

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Coronavirus pandemic, isolation likely taking toll on mental health, experts believe

May 12, 2020

April 13, 2020 By Karen Shuey Reading Eagle https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/coronavirus-pandemic-isolation-likely-taking-toll-on-mental-health-experts-believe/article_f67600d0-7830-11ea-9973-cfa7de3eec32.html With no return to normality in sight, mental health professionals say the new coronavirus is taking a toll on the collective mental health of those across the nation, including Berks County. “Everyone is going to feel the impact of this crisis,” said Dr. Edward B. Michalik, more »

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Gov. Wolf: Mental Health Support is Vital and Available Amid Strain of COVID-19 Pandemic

April 24, 2020 Governor Tom Wolf Official Site https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-mental-health-support-is-vital-and-available-amid-strain-of-covid-19-pandemic/ Governor Tom Wolf has made mental health access a priority during his tenure, in January introducing Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, an initiative to remove barriers to mental health care and reduce stigma. Today at a daily briefing on the commonwealth’s work to combat the more »

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