Upcoming NAMI Main Line PA events include:
Out of an abundance of caution to maintain the health and well-being of our participants, we have decided to postpone our Main Line NAMI Workshop: Balancing Compassionate Kindness with Limit Setting formerly scheduled for March 22. We plan to reschedule this event at a later date. We will let you know once we have determined a date. This workshop will address a common difficulty when you have a loved one with mental illness – when to emphasize kindness and when to emphasize limit setting and how best to combine these approaches to help your loved one and to care for your own well-being. The workshop will include opportunities to work in small groups to develop your ability to use both compassionate kindness and limit setting to enhance the well-being of you and your loved one. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Sarah Freudberg (Family-to-Family facilitator) and Ingrid Waldron (affiliate President). For more information, please contact us at info@NAMIMainLinePA.org or 267-251-6240.
Our Main Line NAMI Interactive Forum: Ask the Experts will be on Sunday, May 3, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church. Our panel will answer your questions about mental illness, treatments, community supports, and related topics. Our experts will include psychiatrist, Dr. Larry Real, Medical Director at Horizon House and Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Community Psychiatry Fellowship program, and Kathy Laws, Program Manager of the Montgomery County Family and Youth Division for Mental Health Partnerships, where she leads the Family Mentor and Advocacy Network, as well as the Family Empowerment and Satisfaction Team, and lawyer and advocate, Michael Harper, Esq. For more information, please contact us at info@NAMIpaMainLine.org or 267-251-6240.
Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group
This support group for family members of people with mental illness meets on the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Bryn Mawr. For more information, please contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cecilia at email@example.com.
Havertown NAMI Family Support Group
This is a free, confidential and safe group of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. In this support group, families join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. Family members can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health challenges. In the interest of safety and compliance with NAMI, state, and local guidelines, the Havertown NAMI Family Support Group will not meet face-to-face on Tuesday, March 17. Instead, you are invited to call into a conference line: 712-451-0200 and use access 564650. We are working on setting up future meetings via Zoom, which is a web-based application. We will send instructions once we have them. For more information, please contact Nora at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
This is a free, peer support group for adults living with mental illness run and led by NAMI-trained facilitators. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others in a confidential setting. NAMI Connection will meet weekly on Tuesday evenings in Bryn Mawr. Please note that in-person meetings have been temporarily suspended as a precaution. We are developing an alternate meeting plan and will announce that as soon as the plan is finalized. For more information on the location and time of our meetings, please contact Danielle Sulpizio at (484) 880-0660 or Ed Kane at (484) 744-0860.
Our Parent Peer Support Group will be offered on Wednesday nights from 6:45-8:15 p.m. for parents with a middle school through young adult 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 will be held at Wayne Presbyterian Church*, Room 207, 125 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne. As of 3/12/20, our Parent Peer Support Group for parents with a middle school through young adult child will not be able to meet at Wayne Presbyterian Church for at least two weeks beginning on 3/18/20. We are actively considering alternative methods of meeting. If you are interested in the support group and not on Nancy Dever’s weekly email list, please email Nancy as this is how she will communicate changes.
*Although some of our events are held at religious institutions, they are non-denominational and open to people of all beliefs. For information on other local events, see our newsletter.
Last updated in March, 2020.