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For Current Local NAMI Support  Group Meeting List see 2014 list under related files below 

A Sourcebook for Families Coping with Mentall Illness front cover image

The book, A Sourcebook for Families Coping with Mental Illness: A Guide for Preventing the Other Shoe from Dropping" is a oldie (2004) but still a goodie.

To download Click Here or on book cover image to view

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Recent newsletters can be found at the left sidebar.

NAMI Family-to-Family, 12 week Course will start April 1

Do you have a loved one struggling with a mental illness? NAMI is offering a 12 week educational course for family members, caregivers, & friends of individuals living with mental illness  ... sponsored by Cumberland Perry County Mental Health Services & the local NAMI Cumberland/Perry affiliate.  The Classes are FREE for folks in Cumberland & Perry Counties. To learn more about the course visit 

When: Tuesdays at 6:30PM  Where: Carlisle (place to be determined)  April 1st through June 17th For more information call: Ann @ 717 249-6318 and leave message or email

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Spring 2014 Course

WHEN: To Start on Thursday evenings March 20th, 2014 and ending on May 22nd, 2014 (running 10 weeks) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

WHERE: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut Street, Room 125, Camp Hill, PA 17011. NO FEE: Individuals must be a Cumberland or Perry county resident. The course is sponsored by Cumberland/Perry County Mental Health Services and NAMI PA C/P. Preregistration required, to register: Call Thom at 717-697-2602NAMI P2P Spring 2014 Flyer (pdf) 

grass roots icon for bullet The 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday Blended Support Groups

Meetings have changed their format to one that has a quarterly public education program at each location instead of monthly. Program topics and details will be available in the running calendar below. On the months when no Public Education is being held at a location the meeting will consist only of a support group meeting. The support groups on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday are Blended Peer Support Groups which means family members and users of services (sometimes referred to as clients, consumers, persons with the lived experience) are there together to give mutual support and encouragement. 

grass roots icon for bulletNAMI Connection Peer Support Group

NAMI Connection peer support group meeting in Mechanicsburg, PA 2nd Sunday starting January 12, 2014 of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To learn more about NAMI Connection visit   See local support group listings flyer in upper right hand corner box however only one is a NAMI Connection Support Group

grass roots icon for bullet Support Groups for Family Members 

  • NEW CUMBERLAND SUPPORT GROUP [from York County F2F Class] Meets at 6:30 on the third Thursday of the month at the New Life Baptist Church,530 Big Springs Road, New Cumberland, PA. Contact Beverly Riggins at 717‐979‐0519 for more information.
  • DAUPHIN COUNTY SUPPORT GROUP [Assoc with NAMI PA Dauphin County]  Meets at 7:00 on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Epiphany Lutheran Church at 1100 Colonial Rd., Harrisburg, PA. Contact Marge Chapman at 574‐0055 for more information  

grass roots icon for bullet Mental Health First Aid USA courses

NAMI PA Cumberland & Perry Counties offers both the Youth and Adult versions of the 8 hour MHFA.  If you would like to arrange for us to provide the certified instructor for the training and your group does the rest of the logistical arrangements (there will be a small fee to cover the cost of the student materials), please call our board president, Taylor P. Andrews 717.243.1645 to discuss this option. This can provide a option for small groups to offer this excellent quality program at a reasonable cost. The instructor is a longtime member and volunteer

grass roots icon for bullet For a wealth of information and resources please visit the NAMI National site at For the most recent local newsletter look at the newsletter link located on the left sidebar. The newsletters contain the current information about our affiliate's activities.

1st Tuesday Camp Hill and 3rd Thursday Carlisle Public Quarterly Education Programs are free and open to the public. No registration is needed. Just come, learn, and enjoy.

As always, life happens and the education schedule regarding topics is subject to change. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

For more information about the Camp Hill Group call Thom at 717-697-2602.  Link to local NAMI support information   The NAMI Connection support group is held the 2nd Sunday of the month in Mechanicsburg and for details look. Support Group Flyer is located in upper right corner box. 

The Running Public Education Calendar


Trainings, Special Events, and Workshops


1st Tuesday

Start time is 6:30 pm


1st Tuesday Camp Hill Support Group will start October 2, 2012 and Quarterly Education Program

1st Tuesday will meet at Saint Timothy's Lutheran Church, 4200 Carlisle Pike in Camp Hill, PA. 17011. 

Each quarter the 1st Tuesday group will have a Public Education Program from 6:30pm to 7:30pm followed by the Support Group from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. The support group is open to individuals living with mental illness, families and friends and is called blended.

Contact person is Thom Fager at 717.697.2602

On the 1st Tuesdays when no Public Education Program is listed it is Support Group Only starting at 6:30 pm

3rd Thursday 

Start time is 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted

3rd Thursday's Support Group and Quarterly Carlisle Education Topics

3rd Thursday's Location is at  STAR 253 Penrose Place, Carlisle, PA 17013. (near DQ). STAR stands for Steps Toward Advocacy & Recovery and there is a  Decal Sign on the door. STAR which operates as a psych social rehab program during the day, allows NAMI PA C/P to use the building for free for our meeting.

Just as with the 1st Tuesdays some 3rd Thursdays will have a Public Education Program from 7:00pm to 8:00pm followed by a blended support group from 8:00pm to 9:00pm. For the 3rd Thursdays when a Public Education is not happening there will only be a Support Group meeting starting at 7:00pm with Annoucements and the Support Meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. and last up to 8:30 p.m.

Related Files

Source Book for Families 2nd Ed (PDF File)
Local NAMI Support Group Meeting List 2014 (PDF File)
MHFA Adult Registration March 2014 (PDF File)
Pleasure Unwovens Power Point (PDF File)
NAMI Peer-to-Peer March 2014 Flyer (PDF File)

Related Links

Cumberland/Perry County Mental Health Board
Carlisle, Pennsylvania Newspaper

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