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Congressional Budget Bill a Mixed Bag This past weekend Congress passed a spending bill that covers the rest of the 2015 fiscal year. Here's how it will impact funding for mental health.
People with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: A Cry for Help
Emotional Eating: When Food = Love
Stopping the Holidays from Getting You Down
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NAMI Meets with President Obama at White House

NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick joined a group of 12 representatives from the disability community last week for a historic meeting with President Barack Obama.




NAMI Grading the States Report:  How does PA rate?

In 2006, the state received a D grade. Three years later, it has received a C, which represents progress, although not a standard of excellence. Now the challenge is to build on that momentum. Full narrative (PDF).

Pennsylvania's Urgent Mental Health Related Needs:
 Adequate mix of hospital and community services
 Expand mental health courts and jail diversion programs statewide
 Statewide police Crisis Intervention Teams

read full report on website



NAMI's Hearts & Minds program was developed to motivate and inspire people who live with mental illness to change what they can change in order to reduce cardiac risk and lead a more healthy lifestyle. The companion booklet is available for download at   


NEW LOCATION for our Forums
Abington Memorial Health Center, Warminster Campus (Formerly Warminster Hospital)
Main Conference Room (Ground Floor)
225 Newtown Rd., Warminster, PA 18974  

Call 1-866-399-NAMI for conference room and further information

________________________________________________    a new resource center developed by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with depression. 




At a NAMI of Bucks General Meeting, a Program on Suicide Prevention was presented by Devereux Foundation's  Susan Keisling and Paul LeBuffe,  certified national trainers on "QPR" (Question, Persuade, Refer), a model of suicide prevention training for professionals.  Attended by mostly family members, the presentation emphasized the steps to take when you suspect that a loved one may be contemplating suicide.  The "QPR"  represent:

Question the person about suicide..  Ask if they are considering suicide.  Do they have thoughts? Feelings? Plans?  Don't be afraid to ask.   If you feel you cannot ask, get someone else to ask them.  Reach out.  Asking the question does not increase the risk.

Persuade the person to get help.  Listen carefully.  Then say, "Let me help", or  "Come with me to find help"   

REFER    for Help.  If a child or adolescent, contact any adult, any parent.  Or call your minister, rabbi, a teacher, coach or counselor.  Or call Devereux Foundation 1-800-345-1292.

Warning signs of suicide:
Suicide threats
Previous suicide attempts
Alcohol and drug abuse
Statements revealing a desire to die
Sudden changes in behavior
Prolonged depression
Making final arrangements
Giving away prized possessions
Purchasing a gun or stockpiling pills.
This information provided by Devereux Foundation   website

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