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We recognize that people living with mental health conditions face additional challenges dealing with #COVID19, as do their caregivers and loved ones.  NAMI has released the NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide

Information on Corona virus (COVID-19)


Virtual Family Support Group Upcoming Meetings
Tuesday, April 14th, 7-8:30pm
Wednesday, April 22, 7-8:30pm
Tuesday, April 28, 7-8:30pm
This Support Group is free, confidential, and open to anyone age 18 and older who has a family member or loved one with a mental health condition.
The Support Group meeting will be done through Zoom, which is an easy way to connect. You can also call in by phone, if that works better for you. Click the Zoom link, and your phone/computer will guide you through steps to join any group.  Check back here for a Zoom link to the meetings and additional dates for future meetings.
Questions: Contact Janice Sommerhoff at 610-568-2912 or


Although the NAMI Berks County office in Reading is currently closed, you can reach us by phone or email at 610-685-3000 or  We will try to respond to you promptly.

*** The Peer-to-Peer Education Program scheduled to begin Friday, March 13 has been postponed.  See information in NAMI Programs and Services.  Call 610-685-3000 if you are interested in a future Peer-to-Peer Class.

*** The Family-to-Family Class scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 3 has been postponed due to low registration.  See more info in NAMI Programs and ServicesCall 610-685-3000 if you are interested in a future Family-to-Family Class.


 Ending the Silence

Contact us to schedule a presentation

Click here for more information

If you are interested in NAMI training to become an Ending the Silence young adult (age 18-35) or adult (over age 35) presenter, Click Here.

Kutztown University

Out of the Darkness Virtual Walk for Suicide Prevention

April 26 ~ 3:00-6:00 pm   

Fundraiser for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Click Here for Information and Walk Registration

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2020 Pennsylvania Mental Health and Wellness Conference

PA Mental Health & Wellness Conference 2021 Information

NAMI National Convention 2020

Information and Registration at


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. 

“Dear Stranger”
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:  

Thank you for your support in making
Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends Day on October 16th a Success!  We raised over $300 for NAMI Berks County PA!

“Adopt a Highway” Clean-up Day October 12th!🌎
THANK YOU to all who volunteered for our 2nd “Adopt a Highway” Route 61/Centre Avenue clean-up day on October 12th!   Our next clean-up day will be spring 2020.  Thanks to Denise Zimmerman for organizing this event! 


Thank you to the Presenters at our Public Mental Health Education Series Presentation held at McGlynn Conference Center, Alvernia University

Thursday September 26, 7:00pm

Getting Mental Health Care in Berks

Edward B. Michalik, Psy.D., Berks County MH/DD Administrator and Executive Director, Area Agency on Aging

Lydia Singley, Berks County HealthChoices Program Director

Amy Groh, Service Access & Management Director of Crisis Services

How Do You Access Mental Health Care in Berks County?

  • The Role of Family
  • Who Are the Providers
  • How Are Providers Accessed
  • The Role of Insurance Coverage
  • Availability of Entitled Coverage
  • Who Are the Decision Makers Determining Care

Thank you to Lloyd Wertz for the presentation on Self and Community Advocacy!

Free Public Mental Health Education Series Presentation held at McGlynn Conference Center, Alvernia University

Tuesday June 25, 7:00pm

Self and Community Advocacy -Why Bother?

NAMI Berks June 25 Speaker Event flyer

Lloyd G. Wertz, M.S.

Vice President, Policy and Program

Family Training and Advocacy Center

What is the safety net when the safety net fails?

  • What Services are Essential to support the Seriously Mentally Ill Consumer?
  • Treatment in the Corrections System
  • Mental Health Community Programs
  • Tools of Advocacy
  • Creating Legislative Relationships
  • Essential Learning – the Advocate Toolbox


In The News: NAMI Berks County PA

April 11, 2019

In the NAMI Berks County PA office, we have a lending library of books, DVDs, and other resources on mental health conditions, diagnoses, relationships, lifestyle, parenting, etc. 

You are welcome to borrow books and other items from our library.  See the listing of books through our LIBIB account:


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