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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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Michelle Williams’ Statement

July 19, 2018

“For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your well being. I recently listened to the same advice I have given to thousands around the world and sought help from more »

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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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Spreading Hope Through Peer Support

August 3, 2018

August 1, 2018 | By Michael Haines What does it mean to be a peer support specialist? To me, it means providing a voice for people when they struggle in finding their own. It means advocating for people, encouraging their recoveries and even sometimes standing in courtrooms as a show of support. And it often more »

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NAMI’s New President Outlines Priorities For Serious Mental Illness

July 17, 2018 | By Adrienne Kennedy On June 30, among the 15 of my board member peers, I was elected to serve as President of the NAMI Board of Directors for 2018/2019. I am honored and humbled to be provided the opportunity to represent the hundreds of thousands of families, peers and avid supporters who comprise more »

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