NAMI Bucks County Stride for Mental Health Awareness 2019

Bruce Gordon, Master of Ceremonies

 

Bruce mapped out his career as a TV news reporter before he left high school.  He anchored a weekly in-school TV news program at William Tennent High School in Warminster, Bucks County, PA.  He continued broadcast work in college, doing radio play-by-play for Big Ten basketball (WNUR-FM) while attending Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, IL.  He graduated in 1981.  

While in college, he wrote and produced radio newscasts and TV sportscasts for WGN Television and Radio, while frequently preparing broadcasts for legendary Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse.

Bruce has won several Associated Press "Best Reporter" awards, and received national recognition for an undercover report on pedophilia.  He’s a ten-time regional EMMY Award winner, including both the 2003 and 2004 awards for “Best Hard News Reporter.”

Mr. Gordon is a reporter for FOX 29.

     

Brian Fitzpatrick, Congressman

 

A Levittown native and graduate of Bishop Egan High School, Brian is a graduate of LaSalle University, Penn State University and the Dickinson School of Law. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Emergency Medical Technician as well as an attorney - having previously served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney focused on drug crimes.

For 14 years prior to running for Congress, Brian served our country as an FBI Supervisory Special Agent fighting political corruption and supporting global counterterrorism efforts – including being embedded with U.S. Special Forces as part Operation Iraqi Freedom. Working to promote freedom and democracy, Brian also served as National Director for the FBI’s Campaign Finance and Election Crimes Enforcement Program and as a national supervisor for the FBI’s Political Corruption Unit where he is recognized as an expert in restoring integrity to governmental institutions. For his work, Brian was an inaugural recipient of the FBI Director’s Leadership Award in 2015 and was named “Investigator of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.

In the 115th Congress, Brian is a member of the Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security and Small Business committees. Brian is the founding member of the Congressional Citizen Legislature Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers committed to fighting for term limits and Congressional reforms, and a member of the No Labels ‘Problem Solver Caucus.’

     

Diane Marseglia, LCSW, County Commissioner

 

A lifelong resident of Bucks County, she was raised in Lower Makefield, and now resides in Middletown Township, where she served her community on both the Neshaminy School Board and the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors. 

Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia, a clinical social worker, worked with children and families in Bucks County for over two decades and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to County government where human services are a primary function. With a reputation for demanding responsible government spending, Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia has advocated for greater transparency and ethics.  As the minority member of the Board of Commissioners, she accepts the responsibility for researching and vetting all county actions, and actively advocates for improvement or changes to policies and programs that are ineffective or inefficient to residents. 

Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia is the county representative  to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Bucks County Emergency Health Council, and  the Local Emergency Planning Commission. She also teaches at Bucks County Community College.

     

Sharon Curran, LCSW, CAADC, CEO, Lenape Valley Foundation

 

During her 20 years with Lenape Valley Foundation (LVF), Sharon Curran has been involved in virtually every major project since 2006, when she became an LVF Executive Staff Member.  Among her many accomplishments are significantly expanding and enhancing LVF crisis and outpatient services.  Her success with LVF has been recognized by Bucks County leadership, as well, resulting in her currently serving as Co-Chair of the Bucks County Crisis Intervention Team Taskforce and as past Co-Chair of the Bucks County Suicide Prevention Taskforce.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania, Sharon holds a Master of Social Work from Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University with a healthcare specialization.  Among her professional certifications and honors, she is a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer, co-recipient of the American Red Cross Real Heroes Award and a trainer for various professional and community organizations.

Sharon has specialized in treatment of personality disorders, self-mutilation and trauma. Her experience within the mental health and human services industry spans nearly 30 years.

     

Herbie The Love Bug & Gabriel Nathan

Gabe & Herbie

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Herbie leads the 2019 Stride for Mental Health Awareness

Gabriel Nathan is an author, editor, actor, playwright, director and editor-in-chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries. For five years, he worked at Montgomery County Emergency Service, Inc., a non-profit crisis psychiatric hospital in the capacity of Allied Therapist and, later, as Development Specialist.

"Herbie hasn’t cured my depression, but he helps. He’s helped me go from someone who walks around with his head down, hoping to not make eye-contact with anyone, to someone who actively seeks out social contact. When I get inside that car and shut the door, I pat his steering wheel and say, “Okay, boy: let’s go to work.”

Herbie’s job is making people smile, accumulating thumbs-ups, telling people to look up from their cellphones as they hear that impossibly loud motor roaring along. With Herbie, I love people. I love their smiles and their questions. He’s good for me, for others and for my depression."

     

NAMI MAN

 

NAMI MAN is YOUR mental health superhero!

His super powers include detecting and crushing stigma, declaring establishments to be stigma free after the Ending the Silence team provides mental health and suicide prevention education, and helping you find the superhero within yourself!

Come and take a picture with NAMI MAN at the Stride for Mental Health Awareness on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1pm in Warminster Community Park!

     

Depressed Cake Shop

 

Fun and delicious cupcakes and cookies for your donation

One in four people will suffer from, or be touched by, a mental health issue at some point in their lives. The Depressed Cake Shop™ is a unique (and delicious) platform designed to raise awareness of these challenges.

NAMI Bucks County is hosting a DCS pop-up at the Stride for Mental Health Awareness on May 18th courtesy of Tomma Marcincuk. For a suggested donation, we will be providing some amazing looking and tasting baked goods as a way to get people talking about mental illness. 

     

Peyton Heart Project

 

Crafting for Awareness - a global project created to help end suicide and bullying and the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

The Peyton Heart Project was inspired by several stories including that of a 13-year-old boy named Peyton James who died by suicide in 2014. During Peyton’s young life he had experienced a tremendous amount of bullying by his peers. Many of us know far too well what the negative effects of bullying are on a child and how difficult it can be to believe that it will ever get better. Far too often bullying leads to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Sometimes these issues can increase the likelihood of suicide.

The delicate hearts, each one made by hand and each one representing the delicate heart of a life lost to suicide, have various inspiring quotes attached to them, along with our social media information. The hearts are placed in public places around the world for people to find during their everyday lives. We hope the hearts cause people to stop for a moment and reflect on a young life lost to suicide, on bullying and on the fact that everyone’s life matters. We want to leave people with a feeling that there is still good out there in the world and we would like to inspire others to join us on this mission of kindness.

     

Behind Closed Doors (Mock Teen Bedroom) Tours

 

Register for a tour here (1-3pm)

The Bensalem Police Department has transformed a trailer into a teenager’s bedroom. At the NAMI Bucks County Stride for Mental Health Awareness on Saturday, May 18th, community members will be able to see what they should look for as possible warning signs of drug and alcohol use, mental health concerns, unhealthy relationships, and other at-risk adolescent behaviors. In today’s environment where these problems continue to increase every day, we must use every tool in the toolbox to help parents/guardians and caregivers to manage all of the possible things kids are exposed to.

Come and see this room and what it has to offer. Officers will be on hand to give parents a tour of the room and provide them with information and to seek help if needed. This room was completed in partnership with Bensalem Township, Bensalem Township Police Department, Building a Better Bensalem Together, Bensalem Township Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board, the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission and Bensalem Township School District.

 
     

 

 

 

"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity."
— George Bernard Shaw
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