Events

Upcoming NAMI Main Line PA events include:

Family-to-Family (F2F) is a course structured to help family members understand and support a relative diagnosed with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by trained volunteer family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one with a serious mental illness. F2F is offered as a community service without charge. Registration is Required. Spring 2020 F2F Course:

  • Family-to-Family at the LANKENAU Medical Center in Wynnewood will begin on Wednesday, February 19, and will meet once a week for 12 weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. For questions or to register, please contact Judy Green at F2FMainLine@aol.com.
Our Post-F2F Bala Cynwyd Library Group is offering a special invitation to Family-to-Family (F2F) Alums and Interested Others to Learn more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) on Tuesday, February 4, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Penn Wynne Library (130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood, PA 19096). The presenter will be Edie Manion, a nationally recognized DBT expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has co-facilitated DBT skills groups for a number of years, as well as lending her skills to families and couples at the DBT Center of Philadelphia.  There will be a Q&A following the presentation. Please contact Judy Green at F2FMainLine@aol.com if you have any questions.
 
The Post-F2F Bala Cynwyd Library Group has organized a second event for Family-to-Family Alums and Interested Others. Learn more about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) on Thursday, February 27, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the at the Bala Cynwyd Library (131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004). Our presenter will be Talya Lewis, a frequent guest to F2F classes. Talya is considered an expert on BPD. She guest lectures extensively and also conducts workshops for professionals on borderline personality disorder, self-injury, and trauma. There will be a Q&A following the presentation. Please contact Judy Green at F2FMainLine@aol.com if you have any questions.

Our Main Line NAMI Workshop: Balancing Compassionate Kindness with Limit Setting will be on Sunday, March 22 from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church.  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.  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 610-247-4545.

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.  The group meets on  the third Tuesday of every month, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Llanerch* (211 Lansdowne Rd. in Havertown, PA 19083).  For more information, please contact Nora at nora@huntjohnson.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.  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.

A 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. For questions or to RSVP, contact Nancy Dever at psadfacilitator@gmail.com or call 610-574-3319.

*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 January, 2020.

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