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NAMI Helpline: 800.950.6264 (M-F 10am-6pm)

Get help in a crisis 24/7 via text message: Text NAMI to 741741

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 Guide

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Family Support Group
Wednesday, July 8, 7-8:30pm  (2nd Wednesday of month)
Tuesday, July 28, 7-8:30pm  (4th Tuesday of month) 
Wednesday, August 5, 7-8:30pm  (2nd Wednesday of month) 
Tuesday, August 25, 7-8:30pm  (4th Tuesday of month) 
*Additional dates to be announced
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 meetings are done using Zoom, which is an easy way to connect. 
To register for the support group and receive the link for the Zoom meeting or the Zoom phone number, call 610-685-3000 or 610-568-2912 (cell) or email

*We are not currently offering an online 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.


We Look Forward To You Joining Us At Our First Virtual NAMICon!

We are grateful for your patience and support as we transformed our canceled in-person NAMICon into a virtual event. We are excited to announce that no cost registration is now open for NAMICon 2020, a Virtual Event, taking place July 13–14.


While we have made our virtual event free to register, donations to support NAMI’s important work in mental health education, advocacy and awareness are appreciated for those able to contribute. Click here to donate.

We are committed to delivering a high-quality and productive experience for all our attendees with sessions dedicated to a variety of topics, including:

  • Plenary with Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, on the challenges and opportunities in mental health research.
  • The importance of comprehensive and holistic treatment approaches to address the complexities of mental illness.
  • Why diversity, inclusion and cultural competence are important and how we can address issues like identity, language and demographics.
  • Research updates regarding various treatments and models.
  • NAMI and WETA, the flagship PBS station in Washington, D.C., along with other national partners, will launch the Well Beings campaign and host a virtual national town hall.



NAMI’s Statement On Recent Racist Incidents And Mental Health Resources For African Americans

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NAMI’s Ask the Expert Webinar: Impact of Racism and Trauma on Black Mental Health

This webinar, which was presented June 25th, reviews the historical context of individually mediated and systemic racism towards Black people and discuss the mental implications of racism and trauma on Black people within the U.S. with Dr. Christine Crawford. Watch the replay or read the transcript.



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. 

“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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