*Shared by Michele Ruano-Weber, Berks County MH/DD Program
* Update – Family Support Group will resume meeting in person – with COVID precautions – at Calvary UCC, 640 Centre Ave, Reading. The group meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:00 to 8:30pm. The next meeting will be October 14th.
This Support Group is free, confidential, and open to adults age 18 and older who have a family member or loved one with a mental health condition. COVID precautions include: participants are required to wear a face covering, hand sanitizer is provided at entrance, seating will be spaced apart for appropriate social distancing.
If you are unable to attend the meeting in person and request to attend by Zoom video or phone call, call 610-685-3000 or 610-568-2912 (cell) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*We are not currently offering an online or in-person Connection Peer Support Group.
Although the NAMI Berks County PA office remains closed due to COVID19 restrictions, you can contact Janice Sommerhoff at 610-685-3000 or 610-568-2912(cell) or email@example.com for information or questions. You can also request to be added to the NAMI Berks County mailing list.
Public Service Announcement
from Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU)
Back to School: You Are Not Alone
Students in the PSA are from: Reading, Exeter, Oley, Daniel Boone, Schuylkill Valley and Wilson School Districts.
The purpose of the Walk is to remember family, friends and community members who have died by suicide and raise money for suicide prevention. Over $10,600 was raised as of 4/26/2020. Anyone can still donate until June 30, 2020.
Thanks to Jim Miller for his January 10th interview BCTV Talking Mental Health to discuss NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Berks County PA with Linda Dapcic-Angst, President, and Janice Sommerhoff, Executive Director.
Letters to Strangers is a global youth-run organization seeking to destigmatize mental illness. Founder Diana Chao shared her story and strategies to improve mental wellbeing at Kutztown University on October 16th.
*In case you missed seeing her at KU, here is Diana’s TEDxTeen Talk: