Upcoming NAMI Main Line PA events include:
Family-to-Family (F2F) at the LANKENAU Medical Center in Wynnewood will begin on Wednesday, September 18 and will meet once a week for 12 weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. Family-to-Family 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. For questions or to register, please contact Judy Green at 610-668-7917 or F2FMainLine@aol.com. Registration is Required.
Coping With Mental Illness for Family Members will be on Tuesday, October 15, from 7-8 p.m. at Haverford High School, Room 202 (200 Mill Road in Havertown, 19083). Please join us as our affiliate president, Ingrid Waldron, describes our free services for individuals with mental illness and their family members. We will discuss the Family-to-Family education program, our support groups, and helpful information we have compiled on mental illness, treatments, how to get services for a person with mental illness, and advice on coping with the many challenges that arise when a loved one has a serious mental illness. This event is free, but registration is required through the Haverford Adult School. You can register online at www.haverfordadultschool.org, by phone (610-853-5919) or in person, Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Haverford Township Adult School office in the Oakmont Administration Building (50 E. Eagle Road in Havertown, 19083). Please register for course #303.
Our 5th annual awareness and fundraising walk, Main Line NAMI on the Move – Stepping Up for Mental Health, will be on Saturday, October 19, in Ardmore. For more info and to register, please visit our walk website at https://namimainlinepa.dojiggy.com/.
A Mental Health Panel Presentation co-sponsored by NAMI Main Line and Upper Merion Library will be on Sunday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. atUpper Merion Library (175 West Valley Forge Road in King of Prussia, 19406). Please join NAMI Main Line PA for an education presentation with first-person accounts by people in recovery from struggles with mental illness and family members sharing what it is like to care for or live with someone with mental illness at Upper Merion Library. Upper Merion Library will open registration for this event on September 20. You will be able to register online at https://bit.ly/34a3aHF.
Main Line NAMI Workshop: “Supporting Your Loved One on the Road to Mental Health Recovery – What Helps, What Hurts“ will be on Sunday, November 10 from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church. This interactive workshop will be facilitated by 3 NAMI Board Members: a clinician, a person living with mental illness, and a parent caregiver. These facilitators will share perspectives and insights from their professional experience and the support groups that they facilitate. Through interactive exercises, participants will help each other improve behavior, boundaries and communications skills with a loved one who may be deeply depressed, highly anxious, psychotic, and/or dealing with other symptoms of mental illness. Registration not required.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.