Upcoming NAMI Main Line PA events include:
Family-to-Family Education Program
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. Our next Family-to-Family course will be offered on Tuesday evenings on Zoom and will meet once a week for 8 weeks beginning in mid-September. The start date is yet to be determined. F2F is offered as a community service without charge. Please contact Judy Green for more information and to register at F2FMainLine@aol.com. Registration is Required.
Our Main Line NAMI Forum: The Basics of Trauma and Trauma Recovery will be on Sunday, September 26, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. Life is full of adversity, so many of us have experienced trauma or care about someone who has. However, we may not be aware of all the different types of trauma and the explosion of research on its effects on the brain and body, as well as what helps people bounce back, recover or even grow from trauma-related disorders. This forum will provide an overview with some video clips of the key points to know about trauma, followed by a question-and-answer session. Our presenter, Edie Mannion, LMFT, from the DBT Center of Greater Philadelphia, joins us with more than 38 years of experience working with families, couples and individuals. This event is free, but advance registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/BasicsofTrauma. We will open the meeting early to admit participants so that we can begin promptly at 2 p.m. For more information, please contact us.
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 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 meet via Zoom on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Nora at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellness Chat for Family-to-Family Graduates
Judy Green, Family-to-Family (F2F) facilitator, and Nancy Helfman, former F2F participant, invite F2F “graduates” of the program to join on-going Zoom wellness chats. This group typically meets once a month on Zoom at 7 p.m. Please contact Judy at F2FMainLine@aol.com for the meeting information.
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 email@example.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 September, 2021.