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WITF Smart Talk: Shining a light on mental health and youth suicide

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Scott LaMar, Host
Airdate: Wednesday, February 28, 2021

Coping with stress — especially for children and young adults, can be difficult. Over time, the impact to one’s physical and mental health can be significant. Conditions like depression and anxiety don’t get better under these circumstances; they are exacerbated and problems can seem insurmountable.  Wednesday’s Smart Talk focuses on suicide during the pandemic.  Appearing on the program are Perri Rosen, Ph.D., consulting Psychologist with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) in the Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Services. Joining her are Matthew Wintersteen, Ph.D., Executive Board member with Prevent Suicide PA and Christine Michaels, CEO National Alliance on Mental Illness Keystone Pennsylvania.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline  1-800-950-6264

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Listen to Smart Talk every weekday at 9am and 7pm on WITF 89.5 & 93.3. You can also stream WITF radio live on our website or ask your smart speaker to “Play WITF Radio.”

Thank you to all who attended our online NAMI Member & Community Forum on February 17th!

Our next Member Meeting will be Wednesday, April l7th – Watch for More Info Soon

Thank you Kartar Diamond for sharing your story with us on January 27th.  To learn more about Kartar and her book, Noah’s Schizophrenia – A Mother’s Search for Truth, visit: her website:  

We now have two of these books in the NAMI resource library.  Contact the office if you would like to borrow it.

“Adopt a Highway” Clean-up Day
Saturday, October 24th
Thanks for everyone who helped on October 24th!  This was our 3rd “Adopt a Highway” Clean-up Day on Centre Avenue/Route 61.  This is the road sign near FirstEnergy Stadium.  We plan to do the next Clean-Up Day in Spring 2021.  Everyone is welcome!  🌎

Kutztown University is looking for parents of youth 18 and younger and people over the age of 65 to participate in our state-wide study exploring access to mental health services in rural PA. You can contribute to legislative advocacy efforts in the mental health and substance abuse services by participating in an individual interview and sharing your experiences.You are eligible to participate if:
1) You are either a parent of youth 18 and younger or a person 65+;
2) You have experience accessing mental health services for your child or yourself if you are 65+;
3) You live in rural Pennsylvania.

Each participant who completes the interview will receive a $ 10 gift card!

You are welcome to share this with friends and family who might be interested in participating in our study.  Facebook page:


KU Mental Health Research-interviews FINAL

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.

A webpage with video link on the BCIU website has been created to showcase the initiative, participating partners, and resources: 


Ending the Silence

Contact us to schedule a presentation

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

PA Mental Health & Wellness Conference 2021 Information




NAMI Kutztown University for hosting the

Out of the Darkness Virtual Walk for Suicide Prevention

Sunday, April 26

Fundraiser for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Click Here to Donate on the AFSP Website

Click here to view the Opening Ceremony of the Virtual Walk

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. 

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