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Families meeting the challenge of mental illness.
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Does Someone You Love Have a Mental Illness?

  •  You are not alone. More info.
  •  Don't be ashamed. More info.
  •  There is hope. More info.
  •  Understanding mental illness is step one. We can help! More info.

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NAMI Walks.

NAMI Mercer Walk

Saturday May 17, 2014
ETS, Educational Testing Service
Princeton NJ


The NAMI Mercer Walk welcomes any and all individuals, groups, companies, congregations, etc. to form walk teams to raise awareness about mental health and to stomp out the stigma too often associated with mental illness.

NAMI Walks is the largest mental health walk event in the country and we encourage you to take part.

Please Sign Up NOW as a Team Captain, Walker or Sponsor!

Go to www.namiwalks.org/mercercounty

Please contact our walk manager, Christine Bakter NOW with any questions. cbakter@namimercer.org

Visit our NAMI Walks page
with updated information.

Honorary Chairs    Sponsors


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To check for NAMI Mercer’s meeting cancellations and/or if there is an office closure due to inclement weather conditions please call:
609-799-8994, ext. 17.

Public Education Meetings

(Please register in advance.)

PTSD: What is it and How is it Treated?
David Kensler, LCSW,
Director of Outpatient Services, Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare
March 18, 7:30-9:00 pm

Schizophrenia: Diagnosis and treatment of this often misunderstood condition
Dr. David Nathan,  Psychiatrist
April 15

Other Programs

Family to Family: Registration is open. A Ewing class starts Tuesday, March 25. Class is free but registration is required. This is a 12-week class for family members of adults who have mental illness.

NAMI Basics: A six-week class for parents or caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral or emotional challenges. The spring class will be offered in April/May 2014.

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

IFSS/NAMI: Support for family members of adults with mental illness. Various 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.

Details for all programs.

New Program
Parents and Teachers as Allies. Information.

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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.