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In 1990, the U.S. Congress designated the first full week of October as MIAW. Since then, all levels of NAMI—national, state and local—have intensified their outreach efforts during this time. Faith communities throughout Mercer County are invited to join us in observing MIAW by offering special prayers for those affected by mental illness, lending support to our efforts through financial contributions, becoming a NAMI Mercer member, volunteering, and taking the pledge to be “stigma-free."

During MIAW, NAMI Mercer and other mental health organizations in the county are offering programs intended to raise awareness and reduce stigma. We welcome your participation. Please share the following information.

Saturday, Oct. 1, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Harvest of Hope Wellness Conference
NAMI Mercer’s eighth annual wellness conference is being held at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 2688 Main St. (Rte. 206) and is open to consumers and their families, as well as to the general public. Attendees will hear an inspiring keynote address by Kevin Hines, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author, documentary filmmaker and mental health advocate who survived a suicide jump from the Golden Gate Bridge. Participants also will have the opportunity to participate in two of fourteen wellness workshops. Pre-registration ends on September 23. We will accept walk-in registration on Oct. 1 only if space allows.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding
NAMI Mercer members will join with people of faith around the country to pray for individuals and families who are affected by mental illness. For commemoration ideas, see the National Day of Prayer toolkit.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2:00 to 7:00 pm, Pen Pal Party
We invite the NAMI Mercer community to drop by our office in Lawrenceville to write letters of support to patients being discharged from Trenton Psychiatric Hospital (TPH). Let them know that NAMI Mercer is here to help.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6:45 pm, SnackChat
CONTACT of Mercer County will hold an open forum about mental illness and NAMI Mercer at their office at 60 South Main Street in Pennington. 

Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Public Education Meeting
NAMI Mercer, in collaboration with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), is hosting an information session on Medication-Resistant Depression, presented by Steven P. Levine, MD, at the Capital Health Conference Room, 1445 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road in Hamilton. All are welcome.

Friday, Oct. 7, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Trenton Psychiatric Hospital (TPH) Open House
Join NAMI Mercer at the TPH Open House, Stratton Auditorium, Sullivan Way in West Trenton. To register, contact Bill Chepiga at (609) 777-0709 or bchepiga@dhs.state.nj by Sept. 30.

Take the pledge to be StigmaFree.










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