Multiple New Resources This Week

NAMI’s Statement On Recent Racist IncidentsAnd Mental Health Resources For African Americans
Cross-posted from NAMI National (5/29/20)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health:

“The effect of racism and racial trauma on mental health is real and cannot be ignored. The disparity in access to mental health care in communities of color cannot be ignored. The inequality and lack of cultural competency in mental health treatment cannot be ignored.

“Our nation’s African American community is going through an extremely painful experience, pain that has been inflicted upon this community repeatedly throughout history and is magnified by mass media and repeated deaths. We stand with all the families, friends and communities who have lost loved ones senselessly due to racism. And, with more than 100,000 lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic – disproportionately from minority communities – these recent deaths add gasoline to the fire of injustice.

“While there is much we need to do to address racism in our country, we must not forget the importance of mental health as we do so. Racism is a public health crisis.

“As the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, it is our responsibility to serve all. While as an organization we are still early in our intentional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion journey and have much to do, we have renewed our commitment to our values. We continue to strive to deliver help and hope to all who need it.

“NAMI stands in solidarity with everyone impacted across the country. You are not alone.”

NAMI National has compiled a comprehensive list of resources, including black mental health organizations and research, self-care for people of color, treatment directories, understanding the context of racism and recent events, and much more. Click here and scroll down for more information.

Upcoming Virtual Support Groups

Our Parent Peer Support Group for parents with a middle school through young adult child meets weekly on Wednesday evenings via Zoom. If you are interested in joining this support group, please email Nancy as this is how she will communicate how the group will connect each week.

Our NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for adults living with mental illness on Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons is meeting remotely. Please contact Danielle Sulpizio at (484) 880-0660 or Ed Kane at (484) 744-0860 for more information.

Our Havertown NAMI Family Support Group will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, June 16, at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Nora at nora@huntjohnson.org.

For the most up-to-date meeting information, please check our Support Groups page.

Other Upcoming Virtual Events

McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse and Ryan P.C. will present a free virtual seminar entitled: “Planning for a Family Member with a Disability During COVID – 19” with Dennis McAndrews, Esq. and Jillian Zacks, Esqtoday at noon via their MLO Minute newsletter. The presentation will later be published on their websiteFacebookYouTube, and LinkedIn pages.

ASCEND Group will host, “Special Needs Planning News at Noon!” on Wednesday, June 17, from 12-1 p.m. with 1847Financial. Families with children and other dependents with special needs, no matter what the age or disability, face many serious questions about how to best prepare for the future well-being of their loved ones. For more information and to register, click here.

NAMI National’s Ask the Expert Webinar: How You Can Help LGBTQ Youth Mental Health will be on Thursday, June 18, from 4-5:30 p.m. NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ken Duckworth, will moderate a Q&A session at the end of the webinar. For more information and to register, click here.

OMHSAS Survey on Behavioral Health Services Through Telehealth 

The Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is asking for your help in planning for the future of behavioral health services through telehealth.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), along with its system partners, significantly increased telehealth and telephone service delivery. OMHSAS wants to make sure that future behavioral health services through telehealth meet your ongoing needs. 

They have put together an online survey for individuals who received behavioral health services and their families. If you are in that category, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is encouraging you to complete the survey. We are also urging our NAMI affiliates and partner organizations to forward this email to their members and supporters inviting them to participate in the survey.

Your feedback will help state officials plan for the future of telehealth across Pennsylvania.

Click here to take the survey. The survey will be available through Monday, June 22, 2020. Questions about the survey can be directed to RA-PWTBHS@pa.gov.

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