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A Man Who Chooses To Tackle the Battle

Men and Mental Health used to sound like an oxymoron. When I grew up it was “boys don’t cry,” or “suck it up,” or my favorite “stop acting like a little girl,” as if girls were the only ones who experienced different emotions. Now, I’ll agree that showing your emotions is a sign of weakness to predators [...]

By | 2020-06-17T20:30:05+00:00 June 17th, 2020|NAMI Blog, Personal Stories|0 Comments

Whittling the Chip on my Shoulder

I often reflect back on my initial diagnosis, relapse and how far I’ve come beating a path to recovery. We all know the stigma associated with mental health. Being a man, particularly in Marine Corps during my initial diagnosis, carries a little extra weight. I’m the oldest son, biggest brother and head of the household. I grew up playing and [...]

By | 2020-06-10T15:13:38+00:00 June 10th, 2020|NAMI Blog, Personal Stories|0 Comments

Black History Month Mental Health Feature: Charma D. Dudley, PhD, FPPR

By Charma D. Dudley, PhD, FPPR; Associate Director of Behavioral Health, Beacon Health Options; President, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Board of Directors; Member, NAMI Board of Directors February is Black History Month and many of us take time during this period to reflect on the achievements, as well as the struggles and pain, that black [...]

By | 2019-02-25T16:14:08+00:00 February 25th, 2019|NAMI Blog|0 Comments

Your Differences Are Your Superpowers

By Nicholas Emeigh,  NAMI Bucks County Ending The Silence Presenter  My name is Nick and I was born and raised in Bucks County, PA and attended college in Boston. I was and am always afraid that my technically invisible mental health diagnoses will be visible to those I meet, and worry that I will be judged [...]

By | 2018-06-20T15:36:17+00:00 June 20th, 2018|NAMI Blog, Personal Stories|0 Comments

Mental Health Month, Week 4 Q&A on Sharing Your Experience

  All throughout #MentalHealthMonth, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is sharing helpful Q&A’s on various subjects. This week, we’re talking about the importance of sharing your story. Joel Richard, Data & Communications Specialist at NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania, answered questions about his experience as an Ending the Silence and Say It Out Loud presenter. Q: Tell us [...]

By | 2018-05-31T19:17:32+00:00 May 31st, 2018|NAMI Blog|0 Comments

Mental Health Month, Week 3 Q&A on First Episode Psychosis

All throughout #MentalHealthMonth, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is sharing helpful Q&A’s on various subjects. This week’s topic is First Episode Psychosis. Vicki Fetterman and Marci Sturgeon-Rusiewicz, who lead ENGAGE in Allegheny County, provided this overview. Q: What is First Episode Psychosis? First episode psychosis is the first time that someone experiences psychotic symptoms or a [...]

By | 2018-05-17T16:18:08+00:00 May 17th, 2018|NAMI Blog|0 Comments

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Releases New Report on Childhood Trauma

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new report, Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences. The report shows that nearly half of the nation’s children have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Children and youth who have experienced traumatic events are at risk of [...]

By | 2018-05-10T15:37:00+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Action Alert, NAMI Blog|0 Comments

Mental Health Month, Week 2 Q&A with Dr. Charma Dudley

All throughout #MentalHealthMonth, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is sharing helpful Q&A’s on various subjects. This week’s topic is children’s mental health. We asked Dr. Charma D. Dudley, PhD, a few questions about the importance of children’s mental health. Dr. Dudley is a licensed psychologist, the Associate Director of Behavioral Health Services at Beacon Health Options, [...]

By | 2018-05-10T13:07:11+00:00 May 10th, 2018|NAMI Blog|0 Comments