Forum on Behavioral Health Services in Delaware and Montgomery Counties

Please join us for our next Main Line NAMI Forum: Navigating Behavioral Health in Delaware and Montgomery Counties, featuring speakers Vera Zanders, Deputy Mental Health Administrator for Montgomery County; Donna Holiday, Deputy Mental Health Administrator and Tracy Halliday, Mental Health Director for Delaware County. This forum will take place on Sunday, September 17, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church (also known as the First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore; 5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore). The speakers will describe crisis services and the continuum of mental health supports in Delaware and Montgomery counties. There will be ample time for questions and answers. For more information, please contact us at or 267-251-6240.

NAMI PA, Main Line will be offering a session of Family-to-Family (F2F) this fall.  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. Family-to-Family in Devon will begin on October 17, and will meet once a week for 12 weeks through January (with select holidays off), from 7-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.  If you have questions or to register for this course, please contact Sarah at 484-919-0069 or  Registered participants will receive a schedule and meeting dates the week before the course begins.

NAMI PA, Main Line will be hosting a workshop Crisis Prevention and Management for the Holidays (and year round) on Sunday, October 22, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church (also known as the First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore; 5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore). Ellen Berman, MD and Amanda Falivene-Rocco, LPC, CPRP will give advice for coping with the stresses of the holidays and for preventing and managing crises. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to develop plans, using WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plans), both for people with mental illness and for family members. Ellen Berman is a family psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine (U Penn) and Amanda Falivene-Rocco is Director of an outpatient day program at a community mental health center in Philadelphia. For more information, please contact us at or 267-251-6240.   


Feature of the Week: Back to School

The new school year has just begun. For students, parents and teachers this can invoke a mixture of feelings from excitement, to stress and anxiety. Mental Health First Aid discusses four tools you can use to boost mental health at school:
Mental Health America also has a Back to School Toolkit which aims to increase emotional intelligence and self-regulation through materials for parents, school personnel, and young people.

Upcoming Events

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention week, the Delaware County System of Care Children’s Cabinet & Coalition and the Delaware County Intermediate Unit are hosting a Children’s Mental Health Expo on Monday, September 11, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Delaware County Intermediate Unit (200 Yale Avenue in Morton, PA). NAMI PA, Main Line will be there for the first half of the event – stop by our table and say hello!

There will be a Stakeholder’s Meeting about the Closing of Civilian Beds at Norristown State Hospital on Wednesday, September 13, at 10 a.m. This meeting will be open to the public and will be held in Building 33 of Norristown State Hospital.

For information about other Family-to-Family courses and a similar course offered by Mental Health Partnerships, see pages 2-3 in our September newsletter.

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