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2015 NAMIWalks Greater Philadelphia

Welcome! If you would like to participate in the Walk, donate on behalf of a walker, or check out our sponsors click the buttons on the left. Registered walkers can login with their username and password on the left.We look forward to a great season!


For more information about this event, please contact:
Walk Manager Name – Kirk Parsons
Walk Manager Email –
Walk Manager Phone – 267-645-9644

Location: Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pennsylvainia
Date: Sat May 16 2015
Distance: 5K
Check-in: 8:00 AM
Start Time: 10:00 am
Event starts in: 121 days

Please mail Matching Gifts and Offline Donations to:
NAMI Greater Philadelphia

100 W. Main St. Suite 204
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19446


Mental health and the holiday blues

Mental health and the holiday blues: 64% of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse

Arlington, Va.—High expectations, loneliness and stress can lead to the “Holiday Blues” during the season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. In most cases symptoms are temporary, but they can be serious if they last for more than two weeks, leading to clinical anxiety and/or depression.

According to a recent survey, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that approximately 24% of people with a diagnosed mental illness find that the holidays make their condition “a lot” worse and 40% “somewhat” worse.”

Approximately 300 individuals participated in the survey, Nov. 13-18, 2014, with 292 answering the specific question. Others detailed experiences.

“For many people the holiday season is not always the most wonderful time of the year” said NAMI medical director Ken Duckworth. “What the survey shows is a tremendous need for people to reach out and watch out for each other in keeping with the spirit of the season.”

“The holiday season beams a spotlight on everything that is difficult about living with depression,” said a Massachusetts woman who responded to the survey. “The pressure to be joyful and social is tenfold.”

Approximately 755 of overall respondents reported that the holidays contribute to feeling sad or dissatisfied and 68% financially strained. 66% have experienced have loneliness, 63% too much pressure and 57% unrealistic expectations. 55% found themselves remembering happier times in the past contrasting with the present, while 50% were unable to be with loved ones.

NAMI offers information about holiday blues at:

Key points include:

  • Holiday blues are different from mental illness, but short-term mental health problems must be taken seriously. They can lead to clinical anxiety and depression.
  • People already living with mental illness are often affected by the holiday blues. Individuals, families and friends should know symptoms and watch out for each other.
  • There are many ways to avoid or minimize holiday blues.
  • Alcohol is a depressant. Don’t drink when feeling stressed or down.
  • Local NAMI affiliates can be a source of support.
  • It’s a myth that suicides increase during the holidays, but suicide risks are always serious.
  • Children and teens get the blues too. The highest rate for child psychiatric hospitalizations occurs in winter.

For tips on avoiding holiday blues, see

“Be patient. Keep expectations low. Inform family in advance of your limits,” said one survey respondent.

“If holidays were a special time in the past and you try to recreate a time long gone, you are setting yourself up for sadness,” said another. “Create new memories. Have some fun.”

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Greater Phila NAMI Walk

2014 Greater Philadelphia NAMI WALK

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

7th Annual Greater Philadelphia NAMIWalk


DATE: May 3, 2014

TIME: Check In – 8:00AM//Walk begins at 10:00AM

LOCATION: Montgomery Community College

340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422








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Cherry Blossom Ball

NAMI-PA’s 5th Annual Cherry Blossom Ball

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The 5th Annual Cherry Blossom Ball is a fundraising event that benefits NAMI Pennsylvania. This year, Project Transition’s co-founder, Dr. Loren Crabtree, will be receiving the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. Additional information to come.

Loews Hotel
1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

For more information click here.

National Council for Behavioral Health

National Council for Behavioral Health

May 5th,6th, and 7th, 2014

The National Council Conference is the nation’s premier specialty healthcare conference, attended by executives, board members, and staff from the nation’s community mental health and substance use treatment organizations. Each year, this can’t miss event features the latest innovations, science, and business and clinical best practices.

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center201 Waterfront St. National Harbor, MD 20745

For more information click here.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference

June 22-25, 2014

Designed to train the recovery workforce, the Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference, is an investment in yourself, in your career, and in your organization. During your three and a half days with us, you’ll hear from compelling and inspiring keynotes; select from an assortment of sessions in different tracks that will make you a more effective psych rehab professional; network with your peers and hear what they’re doing at their organizations to improve the lives of people with mental illness; and much, much more.

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
For more information click here.


NAMI National Convention

2014 NAMI National Convention

September 3-6, 2014

Advocates for Change: From Dialogue to Action

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008

For more information click here.

PRO-ACT Recovery Walks!

PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

PRO-ACT’s annual Recovery Walk shows that recovery is real—it’s happening NOW; so that the joyful solidarity of 20,000 or more people can provide hope to others; allows you to do your part in reducing the stigma of the disease of addiction; to educate the media; to celebrate SAMHSA’s Recovery Month; to honor people and organizations that provide services for the recovery community; to honor those who have not survived this disease; and to raise funds so that PRO-ACT can continue to expand its services to the growing number of individuals and families who wish to access and sustain long-term recovery.

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

For more information click here.

Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders

The 27th Annual Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders

September 11-14, 2014

In 2013, CCSAD hosted more than 1100 participants from 5 countries and 46 states. This premier addiction conference is dedicated to continuing education and networking, combining workshops and seminars on timely industry topics with an unmatched show-case of the industry’s products, services and facilities in our exhibit hall.

Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis
35 Scudder Ave, Barnstable, MA 02601

For more information click here.

PAPSRS Annual Conference

PAPSRS Annual Conference

The Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services will hold its annual conference from April 22-24th, 2014 at the Penn Stater Conference Center & Hotel.

April 22, 23 and 24, 2014

Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel
215 Innovation Blvd, State College, PA 16803

More information to come.

"My son has been in many programs and far too many hospitals. Project Transition is different; it is actually helping him to live a better life. The staff and members of PT care for one another... it’s a form of community that is sorely lacking elsewhere."

Wendy P, mother of a PT member

"PT is helping me on my road to recovery. They offer support to reach my personal goals. Staff help guide me, showing me a new way to live. My life has new meaning today..... I now have goals and projects to work on. I am productive and am becoming a better mother and person."

Jennifer S

"PT I couldn't see how good you've been to me. Over the years, throughout the days, you've always been in my corner I must say. Times were bad and times were good, you helped me to lay down my hood. Now I'm shining not conniving, working it out my system what shucking and jiving. So I'm striving to be the best that I can be, for all to see, Thank you, PT..."


"I know what it is like to sell myself and a brand new pair of sneakers for drugs. I know what its like to walk around the streets with only socks on. But I no longer have to live that way. My family no longer has to worry about me. Project Transition means that I have hope and recovery. It means I have a second chance at life."


" Project Transition has been a life saver to me. I was mentally Ill and felt like I was in a box that I thought I could never get out of. I lost everything and could not function...but now I have confidence in myself. I needed help in all areas of my life but now have a path and a purpose. Life is worth living."

Angie A

"Project Transition has taught me how to be an adult when others told me I was unfixable. PT will always be in my heart. I've been sober for 5 years and recently moved out of the program. Thank you Project Transition."

Victoria S

"Our daughter has endured mental illness for years… we have worked with many professionals and programs. Without question, Project Transition’s help and support have been the most effective.”

John P, father of a PT member

"The family support groups and seminars are focused and helpful. We feel understood."

Diane S, sister of a PT member

"Project Transition means I have a second chance at a new life. PT taught me how to love and believe in myself. It also taught me to forgive people in my past. I thought I would never get better but PT taught me different. They believed in me and made it easier to trust in myself."

Michelle R

Implementation Provider: Project Transition works with States and MCO’s to implement Person-Centered Transformation Plans.

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