Back to School Resources
During the summer, our Parent Peer Support Group will meet every other Wednesday from 6:15-7:45 p.m. The last summer meeting will be on August 22. Regular weekly meetings will resume on September 5. This group is for parents with a middle or high school child who is challenged with mental health symptoms. The peer support group is designed to be a safe, confidential place to share your experiences and learn from others. The group is facilitated by Nancy Dever and Debbie Gillespie and is held at Wayne Presbyterian Church, Room 207, 125 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne. For questions or to RSVP, contact Nancy Dever at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-574-3319.
Main Line NAMI Forum, “How to Address Substance Use Issues with a Mentally Ill Loved One,” will take place on Sunday, September 23, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church. The forum will be presented by Michael Ascher, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Sarah Espenshade, LCSW, CAADC, founder of Espenshade Counseling and co-founder of the Recovery Collaborative.
Main Line NAMI on the Move: Stepping Out for Mental Health Awareness will be on Saturday, October 13 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore. Registration and a mental health resources fair will begin at 8:30 a.m., the program will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. Please click here for more information and to register.
Main Line NAMI Workshop, “When and How to Set Limits When a Loved One Has a Mental Disorder” will take place on Sunday, October 21, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church. This workshop will include advice on when and how to set limits and provide opportunities to practice these skills. Presenter Edie Mannion, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), is the co-founder and manager of the Training and Education Center at Mental Health Partnerships, a private therapist and consultant specializing in serious mental health disorders, and a family member with lived experience.
Feature of the Week: Back to School Resources
- NAMI National shares information on Ensuring Your Child is Supported at School at https://www.nami.
org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/May-2018/ Ensuring-Your-Child-is- Supported-at-School.
- NAMI National has created a useful Student Guide to Mental Health graphic at https://www.nami.org/Find-
Mental Health First Aid discusses four tools you can use to boost mental health at school at https://www.
mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2017/ 08/4-mental-health-tools-back- school/.
- Mental Health America also has a Back to School Toolkit which aims to increase emotional intelligence and self-regulation through materials for parents, school personnel, and young people at
- NAMI Main Line has compiled information about national, Pennsylvania and greater-Philadelphia-area resources to help children, teens and young adults who are living with mental health needs, as well as their family members at https://namimainlinepa.org/
support/services-for-children- and-teens/ and https:// namipamainline.org/resources- for-transition-age-youth-with- mental-illness/.