Events

Upcoming NAMI Main Line PA events include:

Main Line NAMI Virtual Interactive Workshop: How Illness Changes Families – And How Family Members Can Support Each Other will be on Zoom on Sunday, October 4, from 2-4 p.m.  When a family member has a mental illness, everyone in the family experiences stress.  Family roles may be altered, and the arc of personal and family development may be paused or derailed.  Yet it is possible for families to meet the challenges with resilience. Family members can support each other by creative problem-solving and by using clear, open communication of emotions, needs, and beliefs about illness and caregiving.  This workshop will focus on techniques of family resilience.  Attendees will be given opportunities to explore their family history, their beliefs, and approaches that can help them feel strength and hope.   The workshop will be facilitated by Ellen Berman, MD, family psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.  We will open the Zoom meeting at 1:30 p.m. to admit participants so that we may begin the meeting promptly at 2 p.m.  Advance registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/HowIllnessChangesFamilies.

Main Line NAMI Virtual Interactive Workshop: Balancing Compassionate Kindness with Limit Setting will be on Zoom on Sunday, November 15, from 2-4 p.m.  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. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Sarah Freudberg (Family-to-Family facilitator) and Ingrid Waldron (affiliate President).  We will open the Zoom meeting at 1:30 p.m. to admit participants so that we can begin promptly at 2 p.m.  Advance registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/CompassionateKindnessNov2020.

Invitation to Former Family-to-Family (F2F) Participants
Judy Green, Family-to-Family (F2F) facilitator, and Nancy Helfman, former F2F participant, invite F2F “graduates” of the program to join our on-going Zoom wellness chats. We’ll next be zooming on Monday, September 21, from 7-9 p.m.  Please contact Judy at F2FMainLine@aol.com for the meeting information. 

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. on Zoom. For more information, please contact Diane at dmkotrl@aol.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 meet via Zoom on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. 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 on Zoom.  For more information, please contact Danielle Sulpizio at (484) 880-0660 or Ed Kane at (484) 744-0860.

Our Parent Peer Support Group for parents with a middle school through young adult child suffering from mental illness will meet weekly via Zoom.  Our Parent Peer Support Group meets on Wednesday nights from 6:45-8:15 p.m.  The group is facilitated by Nancy Dever and Debbie Gillespie and was previously held at Wayne Presbyterian Church.  The peer support group is designed to be a safe, confidential place to share your experiences and learn from others.  If you are interested in the support group, or for questions, please contact Nancy Dever at psadfacilitator@gmail.com or text 610-574-3319 to set up a time to talk.

*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 July, 2020.

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