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People living with mental health conditions face additional challenges dealing with #COVID19, as do their caregivers and loved ones.  Download the NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information GuideClick here for Additional Resources on COVID-19

2nd Annual Suicide Prevention Summit September 2020

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*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

*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 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.

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.

We are planning the next “Adopt a Highway” Clean-up Day for this Fall! 🌎
THANK YOU to all who volunteered for our 2nd “Adopt a Highway” Route 61/Centre Avenue clean-up day in October 2019.  Thanks to Denise Zimmerman for organizing this event! 


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. 

“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:  

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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