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Annual Conference - Harvest of Hope

Kevin Hines.

Living with Purpose

Event Details:

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville
2688 Main St. (Rte. 206)
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Keynote Speaker: Kevin Hines

More information

Registration is now closed. Walk-ins will be accepted on October 1 only if space permits.

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Robert Hedden at Washington.

Robert Hedden, member of the NAMI Mercer Board, and 350 concerned citizens travelled to Washington, DC on July 13 (NJ Hill Day) to advocate for supportive housing. At a congressional reception to lobby against cuts to supportive housing, Robert spoke on behalf of Congressman Chris Smith’s (R-NJ4) constituency, explaining how housing provided by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, had transformed his life. He also had an opportunity to converse with NJ Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez.



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Public Education Meetings

“Medication-Resistant Depression”
October 6 (Thursday) 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Steven P. Levine, MD. Place to be determined.

Volunteer Orientation
First Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The NAMI Mercer Center. Please confirm your attendance.

Schedule and Details of Programs


Other Programs

Family to Family: This is a 12-week class for family members of adults who have mental illness.
Classes are from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at NAMI Mercer Center.
Next series: Sept. 15 to Dec. 8.

NAMI Basics
A six-week class for parents or caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral or emotional challenges. Classes are Tuesday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm and start on July 12. Classes will be held at the NAMI Mercer Center.

NAMI Connection: Recovery support group. Second and fourth Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm. NAMI Mercer Center.

IFSS/NAMI Family Support Groups:
Support for family members of adults with mental illness.
Dates and locations.

WRAP®: An eight-session Wellness and Recovery Action Plan program for people living with mental illness. Classes are held at the NAMI Mercer Center in spring and fall.
Workshops are Wednesdays 6:00 to 8:30 pm at NAMI Mercer Center.
Next series: Sept. 28 to Nov. 16.
Special Holiday Workshop, Nov. 19, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Details for all programs.

New Program
Parents and Teachers as Allies. Information.

Three Session Training for New In Our Own Voice Presenters:
Starting Sat., Sept. 17, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Details.

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Families Meeting the Challenge of Mental Illness

One family in four has a member with mental illness.  Mental illness affects people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and socio-economic levels.

In any given year, 5 million adults and 7.5 million children in America experience mental illness.


Mental illnesses are no different than other illnesses. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas and anemia a disorder of the blood, mental illnesses are brain disorders that interfere with managing the everyday demands of life.

Many people from all walks of life have encountered mental illness. Getting help is the right thing to do. NAMI Mercer provides help in a sensitive, respectful way.


Mental illness is treatable. With a combination of medication, psychosocial treatments, and support from family and others, recovery is highly probable.

Most people in treatment for serious mental illness realize significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life.


NAMI Mercer is a grassroots organization of family members and mental health consumers. We inform ourselves, support one another, and advocate for recovery for all who live with mental illness.

If you or someone you love has a mental illness, contact us. You are not alone.