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NAMI Support Moves Online in Berks County PA

Concern over a new type of coronavirus, abbreviated COVID-19, can make everyone anxious, especially individuals with mental health conditions and their loved ones. While we don’t know where and to what extent the disease may spread here in the United States, we do know that it is contagious, that the severity of illness can vary from individual to individual, and that there are steps we can take to prevent the spread of infection. Your health and wellbeing are of utmost importance to us. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and has resulted in NAMI Bucks County PA making the decision to move all support groups to a virtual model to reduce the risk of illness. This move takes effect immediately.

Our commitment to providing you with the support, education, and resources you need to build better lives will not be interrupted. Those of you who do not have computer access will be provided with a telephone number and access code to participate via phone. Anyone concerned with privacy issues should know that NAMI Berks County will not record virtual sessions, capture your personal information, or use any information you provide during groups for any reason unless Pennsylvania laws for mandated reporting and mandated reporters dictate otherwise.

The same Group Guidelines and Principles of Support that apply to in-person meetings will be used to guide NAMI Online Support Groups, and each NAMI Online Support Group will be led by two NAMI-trained facilitators who are either family members or individuals in recovery themselves. These groups are offered free of charge, as are all NAMI Programs. We have taken measures to ensure the same support you receive in times of wellness, you receive in times of illness.

There is help, there is hope, and until there’s a cure, there’s NAMI.

Joining NAMI Online Support Groups

NAMI Berks County PA will use Zoom to host Online Support Groups. Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. Prior to attending a NAMI Online Support Group, you’ll need to download the Zoom application on your computer or smartphone. You can contact Janice Sommerhoff at 610-685-3000 or berksnami@gmail.com with any questions.

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Virtual Family Support Group
Upcoming Meetings
Tuesday, May 26, 7-8:30pm  (4th Tuesday of month)
Wednesday, June 10, 7-8:30pm  (2nd Wednesday of month)
*Additional meeting dates will be added*
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 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 the group.  Contact Janice Sommerhoff at 610-685-3000 or Berksnami@gmail.com to request a Zoom link or Zoom phone number for the meetings and additional dates for future meetings.

*** We will soon have an update for offering Connection Peer Recovery Support Group Online ***

(Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday Night of Every Month – 6:30pm to 8:00 pm)

NAMI connection is a peer recovery support group for individuals 18 and over with mental illness that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope. NAMI Connection groups are:

  • Free
  • Held 2nd and 4th Thursday for 90 minutes
  • Designed to connect, encourage, and support participants
  • Led by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves

Contact: 610-685-3000 or Berksnami@gmail.com

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