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Your Donation Makes an IMPACT

November 11, 2018

Thank you for your generous tax deductible donation. You are helping us provide support, education and advocacy to thousands of of people living with mental illness in Bucks County and across the state of Pennsylvania. Click here to read a letter from our Executive Director, Debbie Moritz, on how your donation is making an impact. more »

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Healthcare.gov is OPEN: How to Buy Safely

November 10, 2018

On Nov. 1, HealthCare.gov started its annual enrollment period for health insurance. If you don’t have health care coverage or you just need to renew your plan, make time to review your health plan options before open enrollment ends on December 15. Some health plans may deny coverage for pre-existing conditions or don’t cover mental more »

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#Vote4MentalHealth On November 6th!

November 4, 2018

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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In response to suicides at Penn, a new mental health bill may soon become law

October 30, 2018

By Max Cohen and Bebe Hodges 10/25/18 1:53am In light of the recent suicides at Penn, a new Pennsylvania bill aiming to improve suicide prevention services and mental health resources at Pennsylvania universities is close to being signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf (D-Pa.). The legislation defines a new set of standards that four-year more »

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Infinite Reasons to Live Event at Doylestown Hospital

October 28, 2018

NAMI joins Peyton Heart Project Ambassador, Patti Dille, and the Bucks County Suicide Prevention Taskforce to present an evening of crafting, kindness, and storytelling. We will share our stories of lived experience with mental health and surviving suicide while you tag Peyton Hearts to be left around our community to give hope to anyone who more »

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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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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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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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Vote4MentalHealth

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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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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NAMI’s New President Outlines Priorities For Serious Mental Illness

August 3, 2018

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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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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Linguistic red flags from Facebook posts can predict future depression diagnoses

November 13, 2018

In any given year, depression affects more than 6 percent of the adult population in the United States — some 16 million people — but fewer than half receive the treatment they need. What if an algorithm could scan social media and point to linguistic red flags of the disease before a formal medical diagnosis more »

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Pa. moves to loosen requirements for court-ordered outpatient mental health treatment

What if a family member were so mentally ill that he or she refused treatment? Pennsylvania has a good mental health care system, but not for people who are seriously ill, said John Snook, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center. “They’re too sick to understand that they need care, they think the CIA really more »

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The Top Five Things To Know About Buying Health Insurance

Did you know it’s time to sign up for health coverage for 2019? If you need health insurance, you can enroll at HealthCare.Gov. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law and ensures that health coverage is available for those who need it. Here are the top things you need to know: Comprehensive coverage more »

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Facing Discrimination While Advocating

I take my mental health advocacy very seriously. I know firsthand how important progress towards acceptance is. Unfortunately, I also know how it feels to be discriminated against both for my mental illness and as an advocate: miserable, threatened, defeated, paranoid, or that I shouldn’t be advocating at all. Just a series of nasty remarks more »

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