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About Mental Illness

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

What is Recovery?

Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives.

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NAMI SPEAKS, the Speakers Bureau of NAMI Bucks County, PA, offers a 40-minute feature speech or a 20-minute keynote speech about living with or caring for someone living with a mental health condition. We promote recovery through messages of hope and lived experience, and we will inspire those facing challenges by recounting not just our crisis points, but what aided us in our journey. Mental health professionals will gain insight by hearing a first-hand account of what it’s really like to live with a mental health condition and receive services in Bucks County.

“Recovery is not only possible, it should be expected. It is entirely possible to live well with a mental illness.”

The presentation is scheduled for one hour, and includes a question and answer/meet-and-greet session with a resource table. The presentations, which are free of charge to the community, are ideal for:

  • Middle or High Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Mental Health and Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Behavioral Hospitals
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Community Treatment Centers
  • Structured Outpatient Programs
  • Legislative Groups
  • Youth Groups
  • Senior Groups
  • Parent-Teacher Organizations
  • Corporations and Businesses
  • Workgroups
  • Information Fairs
  • Walks/Runs
  • Any Community Event

Topics that are addressed in these presentations include:

  • First-hand perspective on Mental Illness
  • Receiving a Diagnosis
  • Inpatient Care
  • Surviving Suicide and Suicide Loss
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Criminal Justice Involvement
  • Self-injury
  • Bullying
  • Mental Illness to Mental Wellness
  • Importance of Early Intervention

Schedule a NAMI SPEAKS Presentation

Schedule a NAMI SPEAKS presentation at your school, venue, agency, or facility using this simple online form.







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  • Request a Specific Presentation Date

    If you would like to request multiple dates, select the start date below and choose the option for "multiple presentations". You may also schedule multiple presentations in a single day. For your convenience, our NAMI SPEAKS team is available on weekends as needed.

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