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See Nick TONIGHT in This Is My Brave!

October 18, 2018

This Is My Brave is a show about what it’s like to live through mental illness and come out on the other side. The emotions from having experienced mental illness first-hand are raw, excruciating, thrilling, inspiring and so much more. Join us at Gratz College in Elkins Park, PA for this live presentation of touching more »

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Ask Your PA State Senator to VOTE NO to HB 2138

October 17, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate could vote as early as today on a bill targeting individuals and families who rely on Medicaid. If it passes, people could lose coverage. House Bill 2138 calls for work requirements, lockout periods, eligibility determinations, and eligibility bans. Our partners at the Pennsylvania Health Access Network put together this graphic showing how more »

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Thomas Dunning: The Mental Health Runner

October 4, 2018

Thomas first began to struggle processing his emotions when he lost his brother to cancer. It had serious and long-lasting effects on his mental well-being, to the point where he developed auditory hallucinations. Since being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, he has been able to access the right medications, and now feels more in control of his symptoms. I’ve more »

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Elected officials make decisions that affect how, when and where my family and I can get the mental health services and supports we need. ✓ PLEDGE TO VOTE Learn the Issues For decades, mental health advocates have shaped laws, increased funding and promoted research to address the inequities and injustices facing people with mental illness more »

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November Forum: Mike Schlossberg

September 24, 2018

PA State Representative, Mental Health Advocate, and Author of ‘Redemption’ Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7pm Abington Memorial Health Center – Warminster Campus 225 Newtown Rd, Warminster, PA 18974 This is a FREE event and ALL are welcome! For the month of November, NAMI Bucks County, PA welcomes Mike Schlossberg, who has been a writer more »

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Volunteer & Member Appreciation Picnic

September 19, 2018

Team NAMI Bucks County, PA upholds our mission of building better lives for those affected by mental illness in Bucks County through the help of our dedicated volunteers and loyal members. We would like you to know just how much we appreciate you, so if you have volunteered for us or are a current member, more »

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NAMI and Others File Lawsuit Against the Short-Term, Limited Duration Plan Final Rule

September 14, 2018

9/14/2018 In partnership with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans and other organizations, NAMI filed suit today to invalidate the federal short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plan rule issued last month by three federal agencies. The legal challenge seeks a temporary injunction against the recently issued STLD rule, which would expand the availability of plans more »

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Peer-to-Peer Class Delayed One Week

September 12, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT! Our Peer-to-Peer class, scheduled to begin tonight in Warminster, has been postponed until next week as we await the arrival of the materials you’ll need to learn more about your diagnosis and living in recovery. We apologize for any inconvenience and will see you on the first day of class, Wednesday, September 19, 2018! more »

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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September 10, 2018

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind more »

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Register Now for Fall Classes

September 8, 2018

— NAMI Peer-to-Peer and NAMI Family-to-Family are set to begin again this coming week in Bucks County. – Learn more about mental health diagnoses, caregiving, self-care, and more. Most importantly, you’ll learn that you’re not alone (1 in 5 youths and 1 in 4 adults live with mental health conditions) and that recovery is possible. more »

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Ending the Silence Preview Presentation

August 28, 2018

– NAMI Bucks County, PA is holding a preview of our early intervention mental health education presentation, Ending the Silence at Penn Foundation on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 9am. – You will learn about the warning signs and symptoms of mental illness and how to help yourself and/or a friend, treatment options, positive coping more »

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John McCain’s Statement to NAMI

August 26, 2018

The following is a statement provided by Senator John McCain to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, regarding his capacity as a candidate for the U.S. Presidency in 2008. “The next President will face a great challenge due to the rising cost of health care of all types. America has the finest doctors and more »

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Kevin Love Talks to Carson Daly About Men’s Mental Health

August 22, 2018

When NBA star Kevin Love wrote an essay about his struggles with anxiety and depression, it brought awareness to mental health issues that are often not openly discussed, especially among men. The article caught the attention of TODAY’s Carson Daly, who has had his own battle with anxiety and panic attacks. Watch the video from more »

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Back-to-School Fundraiser

August 19, 2018

In July of this year, New York and Virginia became the first states in the country to mandate mental health education. While we are working toward that victory in Pennsylvania, we need your help in funding and expanding NAMI Signature Education Programs in Bucks County. Please consider a donation to NAMI Bucks County, PA to more »

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How Can You Treat Someone Who Doesn’t Think They’re Mentally Ill

August 18, 2018

Simone Golob/Getty Images Laws are being passed that make it possible to compel people to receive treatment for health problems they don’t believe they have. by Carrie Arnold | Vice | Aug 8 2018 – On July 3, 2014, Misty Mayo boarded a Greyhound bus bound for Los Angeles. Desperate to escape her hometown of more »

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September Forum: 1Woman’s H.O.P.E.

August 11, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7pm Abington Memorial Health Center – Warminster Campus 225 Newtown Rd, Warminster, PA 18974 For the month of September, NAMI Bucks County, PA welcomes Christyne M. Siliverdis. She offers her life story through 1Woman’s H.O.P.E. to those looking for H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Practice Empathy) so they may see that negative more »

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Three ways to get people the mental-health care they need

August 7, 2018

– by Kate Farinholt, Jean Harris and Rhonda Thissen – Kate Farinholt is executive director of NAMI Maryland. Jean Harris is executive director of NAMI DC. Rhonda Thissen is executive director of NAMI Virginia. – Recent high-profile celebrity suicides have gotten people talking about mental-health care. Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life more »

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Our Virtual Store is OPEN

August 6, 2018

Our virtual store is OPEN! You’ve heard NAMI MAN say, “It’s okay to not be okay, but it’s not okay to stay that way!” So, to raise money for our signature programs and to help start a conversation with your friends and family, we’ve put half of our motto on a shirt… You have to more »

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Advocacy Alert: Insurance Coverage

August 2, 2018

Another Blow to Insurance Coverage for People with Mental Illness On August 1, the Administration dealt another blow to mental health parity by allowing for an expansion of certain health insurance plans that are not required to cover people with pre-existing conditions or provide coverage for mental health services. These “short-term limited-duration” plans will now more »

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Humble Beginnings: The History of NAMI Bucks County

July 30, 2018

What we know today as NAMI Bucks County, PA, began in 1983 as a small support group consisting of seven family members who met at the Bucks County Free Library in Langhorne. The group was advertised as “Families Unite for Mental Health” and continued to meet at the library for the better part of a more »

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Strength Over Silence: Stories of Courage, Culture and Community

July 28, 2018

In this three-part docuseries, NAMI explores unique perspectives on mental health from the African-American and Latino communities. Through candid and courageous stories of lived experience, these mental health champions share their journeys of resiliency and recovery. Barbershop Confessions in the Big Easy Meet Lorenzo Lewis, founder of The Confess Project, and learn how he uses more »

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Minority Mental Health Matters

July 23, 2018

Rohan Sharma Shares His Story for Minority Mental Health Month – “My name is Rohan Sharma, and though my journey with mental illness has been difficult at times, I am actually very grateful because it has helped me to grow in many ways. My story begins in the Fall of 2011, where I was a more »

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NAMI MAN Goes To Therapy

July 22, 2018

Mental Health Superheroes Need Therapy Too! There is no shame in going to therapy. Mental Health Superheroes need therapy too. If you haven’t found what works for you, fear not! There are many kinds of therapy and support available. Don’t give up before you find what works best for you!

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Personal Stories: Andrienne’s #BestLife

July 11, 2018

“You Can Live Your Best Life Despite A Mental Illness” I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder about 4 years ago. When I was first diagnosed I thought that my life was over. This was because I was once a person who had a preconceived idea of what a “crazy” person looked more »

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NAMICon18 Photo Highlights

July 2, 2018

It has been an extraordinary week at the 2018 NAMI National Convention for NAMI MAN and team NAMI Bucks County, PA.  Here are a few highlights in pictures while we make our way back to Bucks County and prepare to continue our mission of education, advocacy and support.               

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Personal Stories: Can Faith and Mental Illness Coexist?

June 27, 2018

Our friend Brandon Mullins says it can, just in time for the end of #MensMentalHealthMonth. When I was a child, I remember my grandparents coming over to visit. My grandmother never said much. Her facial expressions never changed. It was always the same hardened look, her eyes fixed on something faraway, like she wasn’t fully more »

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NAMI Homefront is now ONLINE!

June 24, 2018

– NAMI Homefront 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 more »

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NAMI Releases New Crisis Guide

April 26, 2018

Navigating a Mental Health Crisis When mental illness is present, the potential for crisis is never far from mind. Crisis episodes related to mental illness can feel incredibly overwhelming. There’s the initial shock, followed by a flood of questions—the most prominent of which is: “What can we do?” People experiencing mental illness—and the people who more »

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18th Bucks County Crisis Intervention Team Training Graduation

April 8, 2018

38 officers graduated from the 18th Bucks County Crisis Intervention Team training class (read more about the training below) on Friday, April 6, 2018 with knowledge of how to treat mental illness as a disease, not a crime. NAMI of PA, Bucks County Chapter congratulates these fine graduates, and applauds the County of Bucks and more »

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Personal Stories: Don’t Call Me Crazy

March 18, 2018

Personal Stories Don’t Call Me Crazy by Robert Spencer   In the light of recent events, there has been a lot of focus on mental illness and it hasn’t been positive. Studies have shown that people living with mental illness are far more likely to be the victims of violent crimes than the perpetrators, but more »

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Why are so many Pa. prison inmates committing suicide?

October 10, 2018

DAVID SWANSON / FILE PHOTOGRAPH Stephen Leonardo is no mental-health expert; he’s just an inmate who was assigned to janitorial duty on the unit of Graterford prison where the psychiatric observation cells were located. Still, even he could tell Christopher Gilchrist — a 28-year-old inmate with diagnosed serious mental illness — was on the precipice. It wasn’t hard, more »

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More college students seeking out counseling – but suicide still a huge problem

It’s the second-leading cause of death for collegians Students on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.  THOM CARROLL/PHILLYVOICE The number of U.S. college students utilizing campus counseling services has spiked during the last five years, an increase that underscores the mental health challenges they face. But are students getting the help they need? And more »

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Addressing Male Suicide

Anthony Bourdain, celebrated TV chef and world traveler, took his life earlier this year, just weeks before his 62nd birthday. To some, Bourdain was the image of success and satisfaction. He visited exotic locations, enjoyed rare and delicious foods, kept celebrity friends and spoke his mind with a refreshing frankness. But underneath the surface, things more »

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