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DelVal panel to discuss mental health resources, how to tap them

Sen. John Fetterman is expected to make video appearance


Delaware Valley University is teaming up with leaders and groups across the region for a community educational forum Oct. 5 to unite people who want to learn more about accessing mental health services in Bucks County.

Across the region, the demand for mental health care and treatment has soared, yet many don’t know where to turn.

This upcoming event, “Our Mental Health Crisis: A Path to Hope and Help,” aims to shed light on the services and support systems in place in Bucks County and across the state, ranging from crisis-response services to peer support services, mobile care services, treatment facilities and outpatient options.

It is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Marion Callahan, assistant professor of Media and Communication at Delaware Valley University

Keynote speaker Nicholas Emeigh, who survived three suicide attempts, will share the story about his struggle and journey to become a top leader with the National Alliance of Mental Illness.

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman will make a video appearance, addressing efforts on the federal level to impact change and make mental health resources more accessible. He will also touch on his personal journey.

The public event, hosted by the university’s English and psychology departments, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the university’s Life Sciences Building Auditorium.

A panel of local experts will also discuss mental health resources and ways to access them. The panel will include:

  • Nicole Wolf: Director of Education and Training, Lenape Valley Foundation.
  • Cara Gadzinski: Bucks County Human Services Co-Responder.
  • Nelson Whitney: Falls Police Chief.
  • Nicholas Emeigh: Director of Outreach and Development for NAMI Bucks County.
  • Ray McManamon: Bucks County Forensic Coordinator and Emergency/Court Delegate who oversees crisis services for Bucks County.
  • Adam Assoian: Bucks County licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Owner and Clinical Director of Ally Psychological Services.
  • Amy Tielemans: Doylestown Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

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