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Ending the Silence Community Presentation (7/16/2020)

July 12, 2020

NAMI Bucks County is holding a community preview of our early intervention mental health education presentation, Ending the Silence, live on Zoom at 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 16th. All are welcome. You will learn about the warning signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and how to help yourself and/or a friend, treatment options, more »

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African American Connection Group (NEW!)

July 10, 2020

We are pleased to introduce our African American Connection Group, a peer-led support group dedicated to the overall wellness of Black Minds. This is a free support group for anyone in the Black Community, led by Black facilitators. Click the Zoom link below, and your phone/computer will guide you through steps to join. The group more »

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NAMI Support Moves Online in Bucks County, PA

Registration is now required for all Online Support Groups. Please complete the registration form below. – Download Online Group Schedule—Get Resources Your health and wellbeing are of utmost importance to us, so NAMI Bucks County PA has made the decision to move all support groups to a virtual model to reduce the risk of illness. more »

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NAMI Virtual Forum: Ask The Therapist with Celeste Viciere

July 1, 2020

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM on Zoom Join us for a special NAMI Virtual Forum: Ask The Therapist with Celeste Viciere, LMHC, better known as “Celeste The Therapist.” Celeste will discuss how trauma, depression and anxiety present themselves, especially during turbulent times. She will then answer any questions you may have from 7-8:30 more »

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NAMI Homefront Online Registration Now Open

June 23, 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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Your View by PA’s secretary of health: Front-line workers must attend to their mental wellness while caring for patients

June 6, 2020

May 21, 2020 By Dr. Rachel Levine The Morning Call https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi-rachel-levine-mental-health-coronavirus-front-line-20200521-owiv4pm5hbh7pay46wfeqcyemu-story.html The 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic is taking an emotional toll on everyone. But one group of Pennsylvanians are facing unique challenges during this pandemic: our front-line workers in health care. As a physician, I understand how emotionally exhausting it is to care for sick more »

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African American Mental Health & Resources

– Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, your concerns or experiences and how you understand and cope with these conditions may be different. Although anyone can develop a mental health problem, African Americans sometimes experience more »

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Black Lives and Black Minds Matter Here

June 1, 2020

NAMI MAN kneels in solidarity. NAMI’s Statement on Recent Racist Incidents 5/29/2020 The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health: “The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real more »

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Special NAMI Membership Meeting and Election on June 11th at 6:30 PM

May 31, 2020

Current members in good standing may vote in the election of candidates to the NAMI
 Bucks County PA Board of Directors at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 11, 2020 
immediately before the NAMI Forum held on Zoom. A majority vote of the general
 membership present and whose dues are current is required for approval. We 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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Hope Is Not Canceled: NAMI Bucks County is #MakingStrides!

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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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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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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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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Pennsylvania college students spread kindness with volunteer links at coronaconnects.org

June 6, 2020

Jun 4, 2020 The Holcad WCN https://www.wcn247.com/holcad_and_campus/off_campus/pennsylvania-college-students-spread-kindness-with-volunteer-links-at-coronaconnects-org/article_e6dccbea-a67a-11ea-a809-e300b1311bab.html (AP)– In just two months, that spreadsheet has grown into an online platform that has connected would-be do-gooders with nearly 3,000 opportunities to volunteer across the United States. Corona Connects (coronaconnects.org) includes 170 volunteer categories, from food delivery and tutoring, to mental health and supporting the elderly. The more »

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NAMI’s Statement On Recent Racist Incidents

June 3, 2020

From nami.org 5/29/2020 The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health: “The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and cannot be ignored. The disparity in access to more »

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