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Information about Mental Illnesses and Treatments and Upcoming Events

For information about mental illnesses and treatments, including information about specific diagnoses and conditions, finding and paying for treatment, voluntary and involuntary hospitalization, and more, click here. NAMI Main Line Support Groups Our New Virtual NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month from 4:30-6 p.m. beginning in September. Please contact Sharona Dunoff at (610) 246-6755 or Olga Kobb at olgakobb@yahoo.com for more information about this new group.   Our Bryn Mawr NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for adults living with mental illness on meets on Tuesday evenings on Zoom.  Please contact Danielle Sulpizio at (484) 880-0660 or Ed Kane at (484) [...]

2022-08-12T07:26:00-04:00August 12, 2022|News|

NAMI Resources for Children, Teens and Young Adults, NAMIWalks Promotions, and more

Many mental health conditions typically begin during childhood, adolescence or young adulthood. NAMI National has compiled essential information and useful resources to help young people get the mental health support that they need. We encourage you to explore these resources. The section on Kids, Teens and Young Adults is available at https://nami.org/Your-Journey/Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults. In this section, you will find general useful information and links to the following subsections: Kids (https://nami.org/Your-Journey/Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults/Kids) - This section has very practical advice for parents of children with mental health conditions, including information on getting accommodations for your child in school because of their emotional disability. Teens (https://nami.org/Your-Journey/Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults/Teens) - This section has some information for parents, [...]

2022-08-04T23:52:34-04:00August 4, 2022|News|

Updated Crisis Info, NAMIWalks Promotions, and more

We have updated the crisis information on our website. For the crisis numbers, text line and chat, please see https://namimainlinepa.org/crisis-numbers/. For resources to help you cope with, prepare for and/or prevent a crisis, see https://namimainlinepa.org/resources-for-coping-with-preparing-for-and-preventing-a-crisis/. NAMI is calling for a standard of care for crisis services in every community that includes — 24/7 call centers that answer 988 calls locally, mobile crisis teams and crisis stabilization programs — that end the revolving door of ER visits, arrests, incarceration and homelessness. For more information, please see https://nami.org/Advocacy/Crisis-Intervention/988-Reimagining-Crisis-Response. To find out more about how you can join NAMI Main Line PA in advocating for the funding and services needed to support 988, please contact Loran or Edie. NAMI Main Line Support Groups [...]

2022-07-29T07:01:41-04:00July 29, 2022|News|

988 Lifeline Facts + NAMIWalks Team Captain Promotion

How can I reach 988? You can call 988, text 988 or chat via the Lifeline’s website (988lifeline.org). What happens when I call 988? What information will I receive, or does the Lifeline only offer immediate crisis support? The goal of the 988 Lifeline is to provide free, confidential, immediate crisis intervention and support. When you call or text or chat 988: You’ll hear a message that you’ve reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – you are in the right place! If you are a veteran, you can press “1” to reach the Veterans’ Crisis Line or “2” to reach [...]

2022-07-22T07:41:58-04:00July 22, 2022|News|

Upcoming Support Group Meetings and Events

Our Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. The next meeting will be on Monday, July 11 due to the 4th of July holiday. If you have a family member or loved one with mental illness and are interested in this support group, please contact Diane at dmkotrl@gmail.com for more information. We will be starting a New NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group that will tentatively meet every other Monday from 4-6 p.m. This group will tentatively begin on Monday, July 25. Please email us for more information about this new group. Our NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for adults living with mental illness on Tuesday evenings is meeting [...]

2022-07-08T07:28:57-04:00July 8, 2022|News|

NAMI Main Line President’s Message and Newsletter – July

Thank you to everyone who joined or renewed your membership during Mental Health Awareness Month. Please save the date for our NAMIWalks Your Way on October 16 at Wilson Farm Park (www.namiwalks.org/mainlinepa). We encourage you to register today or volunteer by contacting nami.main.line.pa@gmail.com. Let's open doors for everyone from every walk of life to have access to the mental health resources and community they deserve. Please see our Newsletter for more information about our support groups, as well as multiple resources for Minority Mental Health Awareness and relevant therapist directories. Ingrid Waldron, President NAMI Main Line PA

2022-07-01T07:34:35-04:00July 1, 2022|News|

NAMI Keystone PA’s 2022 Child, Adolescent, and Transitional Age Youth Mental Health Conference – June 28

Registration is open for NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania's 2022 Child, Adolescent, and Transition Age Youth Mental Health Conference, Youth in Crisis: A Call for Action.  The virtual conference on June 28, 2022, will cover the most urgent challenges facing our youth and provide an action plan that will help transform caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, legislators, and community leaders into mental health changemakers. Continuing Education Credits and Act 48 Credits are available. Click here for additional information and registration. NAMI Main Line Support Groups Our Wellness Chat for Family-to-Family Graduates meets once a month at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be on Monday, June 27. Please contact Judy [...]

2022-06-24T07:54:42-04:00June 24, 2022|News|

Join us for our NAMIWalks Main Line PA 2022 Kickoff on June 23!

Help us launch a new season of NAMIWalks Your Way at our Kickoff Event on Thursday, June 23, from 7-8 p.m. in person at the Haverford Community Recreation and Environmental Center (9000 Parkview Dr, Haverford, PA 19041). Learn how to participate, hear from our guest speakers, reconnect with NAMI friends, and win some NAMI swag! Please RSVP by June 21 to Kristine at nami.main.line.pa@gmail.com.   NAMI Main Line Support Groups Our Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. If you have a family member or loved one with mental illness and are interested in this support group, please contact [...]

2022-06-10T08:03:27-04:00June 10, 2022|News|

Last Chance to Celebrate Mental Health Month by Joining or Renewing Your Membership

Join NAMI at all three levels—national, state and local—with one payment! Choose the membership level that works for you: $60 per year for a Household membership for all household members living at the same address $40 per year for a Regular individual membership for one person $5 per year for an Open Door membership for an individual member with limited financial resources Strengthen the NAMI voice in advocacy with state and national legislatures Support our local NAMI programs. Learn more about our Family-to-Family classes, Support Groups, Workshops, Educational Outreach and Advocacy at https://namimainlinepa.org/. Join or Renew Today! Save the Date for our [...]

2022-05-27T07:49:31-04:00May 27, 2022|News|

Join or Renew Your Membership this May

 Join NAMI at all three levels - national, state and local - with one payment! Choose the membership level that works for you: $60 per year for a Household membership for all household members living at the same address $40 per year for a Regular individual membership for one person $5 per year for an Open Door membership for an individual member with limited financial resources Strengthen the NAMI voice in advocacy with state and national legislatures Support our local NAMI programs. Learn more about our Family-to-Family classes, Support Groups, Workshops, Educational Outreach and Advocacy at https://namimainlinepa.org/. Here is what some participants in our programs [...]

2022-05-20T07:48:11-04:00May 20, 2022|News|

Register to learn about helping teens and young adults with mental health challenges on May 15

Please join us for Main Line NAMI Forum: Helping Adolescents and Young Adults who are Experiencing Mental Health Challenges on Sunday, May 15, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. Dr. Tingfang Chen will suggest resources and strategies to address problems such as anxiety, depression and suicidality that have become more common during the pandemic. Dr. Christian Kohler will describe early intervention for first episode psychosis and strategies for coping with a mental health crisis. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions. Dr. Chen is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Medical Director of the Behavioral Health Integrated Program in [...]

2022-04-22T08:04:24-04:00April 14, 2022|News|

Save the Date for NAMIWalks Main Line PA 2022

We invite you to Save the Date for our NAMIWalks Main Line PA event on the morning of Sunday, October 16, 2022, at Wilson Farm Park. We hope you will join us and invite you to register at www.namiwalks.org/mainlinepa. Please help us spread the word! New Online Resource We just posted Edie Mannion's informative slides entitled "Recovering from Mental Illness in Yourself or a Loved One – Community Supports and Resources" on our website. Click here to view the slides and presenter notes. NAMI Main Line Upcoming Virtual Event Please join us for Main Line NAMI Forum: Helping Adolescents and Young Adults who are Experiencing Mental Health Challenges on Sunday, May 15, from 2-4 [...]

2022-04-08T07:00:17-04:00April 8, 2022|News|

Join us this Sunday for your chance to hear our three experts present and to ask them questions

Please join us this Sunday, April 3, for Medications, Other Treatments, and Community Resources to Help Individuals with Severe Mental Illness and their Families – Ask the Experts. We will open the meeting early to admit participants so that we can begin promptly at 2 p.m. Register for this free event in advance at https://tinyurl.com/MedsResources. Please join us for Main Line NAMI Forum: Helping Adolescents and Young Adults who are Experiencing Mental Health Challenges on Sunday, May 15, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. Dr. Tingfang Chen will suggest resources and strategies to address problems such as anxiety, depression and suicidality that have become more common during the pandemic. [...]

2022-03-31T15:56:28-04:00March 31, 2022|News|

Register for Ask the Experts + Q&A

Please join us next Sunday, April 3, for Medications, Other Treatments, and Community Resources to Help Individuals with Severe Mental Illness and their Families – Ask the Experts. We will open the meeting early to admit participants so that we can begin promptly at 2 p.m. Register for this free event in advance at https://tinyurl.com/MedsResources. Please join us for Main Line NAMI Forum: Helping Adolescents and Young Adults who are Experiencing Mental Health Challenges on Sunday, May 15, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. Dr. Tingfang Chen will suggest resources and strategies to address problems such as anxiety, depression and suicidality that have become more common during the pandemic. [...]

2022-03-24T13:53:45-04:00March 24, 2022|News|

Register for our spring programs today!

Please join us for Medications, Other Treatments, and Community Resources to Help Individuals with Severe Mental Illness and their Families – Ask the Experts on Sunday, April 3, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. Our Ask the Experts panel will provide brief presentations and answer your questions about medications, treatments, community supports, and related topics. Our experts will include Dr. Albert H. Yu, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Edie Mannion, LMFT, from the DBT Center of Greater Philadelphia, and lawyer and advocate, Michael Harper, Esq. We will open the meeting early to admit participants so that we can [...]

2022-03-17T20:41:25-04:00March 17, 2022|News|
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