This will be our 3rd “Adopt a Highway” Clean-up Day on Centre Avenue/Route 61. We will meet at 8:30am outside the NAMI office for coffee and donuts at Calvary Reformed UCC, 640 Centre Avenue, Reading. At 9:00am, we will head out for litter collection. Afterward, we will return to the church for a pizza lunch. COVID Precautions will be taken, including wearing masks when near others, physical distancing, and being outdoors as much as possible. Work gloves, safety vests and trash bags are provided. Please let us know if you plan to volunteer: 610-685-3000 (main), 610-568-2912 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
IN RURAL PENNSYLVANIA
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!
Family Support Group has resumed 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. Upcoming meeting dates are November 11th, December 9th, and January 13th.
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 email@example.com.
*We are not currently offering an online or in-person Connection Peer Support Group.
To request information from the NAMI Berks County office, contact Janice Sommerhoff at 610-685-3000(main), 610-568-2912(cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.