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Mentors, Teachers, Facilitators and Speakers Needed

Young Adult Ending the Silence Presenters Needed

With the addition of our “Ending the Silence” Coordinator, the program continues to grow as does our need for young adult presenters.  This program educates middle/high school students about Mental Illnesses, how to be supportive of a family member, friend or even themselves.  Part of the presentation include young adults that speak about what school was like for them when they were dealing with mental health challenges.  What helped, them, what didn’t help and what could have helped them. We offer training and support with sharing your lived experience.  If you are interested in becoming a youth presenter, or would like more information, please call Laurie Pepe at 215-913-0479 or email her at

Parents and Teachers as Allies Presenters Needed

NAMI Bucks County is considering launching the NAMI Signature program Parents and Teachers as Allies.  This program is an in- service program presented to teachers in our local schools. Parents and Teachers as Allies is led by a team from your community consisting of a young adult with a mental health condition, a parent and a teacher. Our 90-minute program will share how to: Understand the difference between “bad behavior” and symptoms of a mental health condition.

  • Recognize early warning signs.
  • Communicate and partner with families effectively.
  • Link to community services quickly.
  • Create a supportive learning environment for all students.

Criteria for eligibility are:

  1. Be a member in good standing of the affiliate
  2. Have taken the Family to Family Class.
  3. Be either a parent of a person that had a mental illness while in school and/or be a current or retired teacher.

For more information or if you are interested, please contact Debbie Moritz at or 1-866-399-6264.

Two NAMI Trainings Offered

There will be a NAMI Family/Caretaker Support Group Facilitator training in aPhiladelphia the weekend of January 8-10, 2016.  If you have attended a NAMI family support group and would like to help other families affected by mental illness, please consider becoming a support group facilitator.

There will also be a NAMI Family to Family Education Program Teacher Training  in Paoli the weekend of February 26-28, 2016. If you are a graduate of the NAMI Family to Family Education Program please consider becoming a teacher and helping other families affected by mental illness.

Applicants must be NAMI members in good standing and be recommended by their NAMI affiliate. For more information or to register contact Debbie Moritz at or by phone at 1-866-399-6264.

Costs for both trainings for Bucks County trainees will be paid for by NAMI Bucks County.

We are also planning Peer to Peer and Connection trainings.  Dates will be available soon.




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