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Shop Prime Day & Help To #CureStigma

July 16, 2018

Amazon Prime Day starts TODAY at 3pm – Prime Day (and a half!) kicks off TODAY, Monday, July 16 at 3pm ET and runs for 36 hours through Tuesday, July 17. It probably goes without saying, but you need to be an Amazon Prime member for most of the deals. – AmazonSmile was created so 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. Stay tuned for a formal recap which more »

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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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Art For Mental Health: Written To Speak

June 10, 2018

            “Every day is a battle. And I know it isn’t an easy one to fight. I know anxiety has 8 legs and it crawls seeking to end. I know depression has the strength of a hundred. I know regret is a blinding pain and the screams of guilt are more »

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Personal Stories: OCD Lee

May 27, 2018

Liam Starzyk Makes Music For Living – “When I was seven, I had severe intrusive thoughts about suicide and suffered debilitating anxiety to the point where I couldn’t leave my bed. I would have constant tremors and tick compulsively to avoid disturbing thoughts. I would touch every doorknob of my house 100 times a day more »

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You can have a #RealConvo with us!

May 25, 2018

NAMI Bucks County wants you to know that it’s #ok2talk and have a #RealConvo with us about mental health not only for Mental Health Month, but every day! Connect with us on social media and start a conversation!

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Personal Stories: Marissa’s Recovery Journey

May 18, 2018

Meet Marissa, a #MentalHealthWarrior, and living proof that #RecoveryIsPossible. “For as long as I could remember, I’ve had lots of system involvement. By the age of 9, I was removed from my parent’s custody with only the clothes on my back and the hope that maybe life could be better. When I was first diagnosed more »

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NAMI Bucks County is #MakingStrides!

May 11, 2018

When you STRIDE with us at Fonthill Park in Doylestown, PA on Saturday, May 12th, check into social media and let people know you’re attending the NAMI Bucks Stride For Mental Health Awareness and use the hashtag #MakingStrides! Here’s a shareable graphic that you can download and post to your favorite social media: We’ll share more »

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Future Miss Pennsylvania Competes On Mental Illness Platform

May 6, 2018

Miss Red Rose City Helps to Cure Stigma for Mental Health Month Jenna Martorana, the current Miss Red Rose City and a graduate of Millersville University, is competing for the title of Miss Pennsylvania. Her platform warms our hearts: “Breaking Down the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness by Opening Up.” “It will not be long before more »

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Help Us to #CureStigma for Mental Health Month

May 2, 2018

Stigma Stole Time From Me “Stigma prevented me from getting the help I needed for what turned out to be Schizoaffective Disorder until I was 26. I’m Nick, and I have the best family anyone could ask for, but I knew something was wrong and I was afraid to ask for help. Everyone else seemed 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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Ending The Silence: New Hope-Solebury Middle School

April 24, 2018

Today is a banner day for NAMI Bucks County! We gave an Ending The Silence presentation at New Hope Solebury Middle School in New Hope, PA for the very first time since the program’s inception, and what a presentation it was. The level of interest and participation from the 130 8th graders who attended was more »

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Personal Stories: Coping With Depression

April 21, 2018

Charles Minguez I write and share some heavy material regarding my past with addiction and depression, but I want others to know that I made it through to the other side and that life is fantastic. I think I can do that best by sharing the now. What Does a Snapshot of my Life Look more »

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Stride For Mental Health Awareness: Our Honored Guests

April 15, 2018

Have you registered to STRIDE with us for Mental Health Awareness? Go to namibucksstride.org and register now to meet our honored guests. Here are a few of the local “stars” who will be featured at our “star-studded” walk for a cause: Bruce Gordon, Master of Ceremonies Bruce mapped out his career as a TV news more »

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Family-To-Family: Mark Seltner and the Family Who Loved Him

April 13, 2018

Today we would like to honor the memory of Mark Seltner who passed away seven years ago on April 11, 2011. He was 45 years old. He is survived by a loving family including his wife of 22 years, Cynthia (Cindi), and two young sons, Shawn and Joshua. Cindi said, “He was a man that more »

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FREE TICKETS! OC87 Recovery Diaries: The Documentary

April 11, 2018

NAMI Bucks is offering 10 FREE tickets to attend tonight’s (4/11/18) screening of “OC87 Recovery Diaries: The Documentary” at The Ambler Theater. Please mention this post when you arrive, and they will be first come first serve at the door. Local filmmaker Glenn Holsten chronicles the recovery journeys of several unique individuals in a beautifully-told more »

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Coping Skills: Art and Humor

April 10, 2018

“I started drawing as a way to process my anxiety and panic attacks…to try to poke fun at it a little and take the seriousness out of something I’ve struggled with my whole life. I hope some of it resonates with you. Anxiety, depression, panic can be very isolating and I want to create content 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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Rohan Sharma of NAMI Bucks in “This Is My Brave”

April 5, 2018

Announcement We are thrilled to announce that our very own Ending the Silence team member, Rohan Sharma, will be featured in This Is My Brave’s live show on June 10, 2018 at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, PA. CONGRATULATIONS, ROHAN! We are all so proud of you! Tickets will be available soon. Stay more »

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Personal Stories: The Great Pretender

April 1, 2018

“Hey everyone! I’m Kyler. I’m 21 and from Wisconsin. One neurologist, four psychiatrists, five therapists, and fifteen trials of different medications later, here I am fighting with all of you. I realized I had some sort of mental health problem when I was a junior in high school. I’ve been told I have major depression, more »

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Personal Stories: A Different Outlook On “Disability”

March 30, 2018

It’s All in the Mind I want to share my own story with you in hopes to change your life by giving you a different outlook on your “disability.” When I was 4 years old I got into a car wreck that changed my life. I suffered a severe spinal cord injury, and the doctors more »

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Ending The Stigma Of Mental Illness One Voice At A Time

March 29, 2018

March 27, 2018 by Tianna Grosch for Times Publishing (view story) – Ask a room full of students to raise their hands if they or someone they know has experienced a mental illness, and almost every one of them will raise a hand. – This is one thing the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) more »

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Personal Stories: My Journey Navigating Life With Autism

March 27, 2018

Growing Up Without Knowing I Had Autism My name is Margaux, I’m 29 and I reside in Greater Vancouver, Canada. Growing up, I always stuck out like a sore thumb. I was bullied each and every day and had a very rough life at home. At a private, community, religion-based elementary school, my peers were not so more »

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Anxious? Depressed? There’s An App For That

March 22, 2018

Apps are available for everything these days — from shopping to entertainment and travel. Apps that claim to help look after your mental health and well-being are also available. So, we have selected our favorite apps for mental health. Approximately 48.3 million adults in the United States are faced with a mental health condition each more »

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Personal Stories: Healing Myself With Yoga

March 19, 2018

Go Be Love: Healing Myself With Yoga My name is Jenna Rivera. I am a right below knee amputee who practices yoga and modified asanas daily. I am not certified in yoga yet, but my hopes are to be able to provide some inspiration for anyone who feels yoga is not accessible or possible. I 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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Human Services Block Grant Plan Hearings

March 16, 2018

Public hearings have been scheduled for the Bucks County FY 2018-19 Human Services Block Grant Plan.  The dates and times for the hearings are: Tuesday, April 3rd at 10:00 am at the Bucks County Administration Building in Doylestown Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:00 pm at the Bensalem Library Monday, April 9th at 4:00 pm at more »

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Get Involved: 2018 Stride For Mental Health Awareness

March 9, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Fonthill Park in Doylestown 1 in 5 children and 1 in 4 adults live with a mental health condition. It may be someone you know and love. It may be you. NAMI of PA, Bucks County works to better the lives of those living with mental illnesses, and helps them more »

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Mental Health Education at Holland Middle School

March 2, 2018

NAMI Bucks ETS Presents at Holland Middle School Original post: March 2, 2018 Presentations from February 28 – March 1, 2018 Laurie, Rohan and Nick gave presentations to two large groups of students at Holland Middle School in Holland, PA on Wednesday and Thursday.  The team spoke about what it’s like to have mental illness, more »

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Re: President Trump’s Recent Comments On Mental Health Care

February 22, 2018

NAMI’s Statement Regarding President Trump’s Recent Comments On Mental Health Care – Original post: February 22, 2018 | View on nami.org In recent days, there has been a lot of rhetoric by the President and the NRA about “crazy people” and a desire to return to the days of the “institutions.” These comments reinforce inaccurate more »

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NAMI Statement on the Parkland School Shooting

February 20, 2018

NAMI Statement on the Parkland School Shooting – NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is deeply saddened by the tragic school shooting that occurred yesterday in Parkland, Florida. These tragedies impact our communities – our parents, our children, our school professionals, our first responders – the mental health of our whole country. The details more »

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New Hope Academy Parents Take Active Interest In Mental Health

February 17, 2018

NAMI Bucks ETS Presents at New Hope Academy (Parent Presentation) Original post: February 17, 2018 Presentation from February 15, 2018 Arguably one of our most rewarding Ending the Silence presentations was given to parents at New Hope Academy on Thursday evening.  Our ETS team was floored at the level of interaction, and genuinely touched by more »

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5 Ways I Help Myself When My Job Is To Help Others

June 28, 2018

By Kyle Elliott, MPA, CHES | Jun. 22, 2018 g my recovery and myself has allowed me to be a better friend, a better partner and a better person; it’s also allowed me to be more successful. I’m much better at helping my clients knowing that I have learned how to help myself. Here are more »

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Health Information-Sharing Bill Passes House

We did it! Thanks to your advocacy, the House passed H.R. 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, yesterday with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 357-57! This victory is because of you. Your advocacy made this possible. H.R. 6082 aligns 42 CFR Part 2—the regulation that keeps health care providers from accessing information about more »

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