Join Us for our Spring Events
NAMI Main Line Upcoming Support Groups
Our Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group for family members of people with mental illness will meet on Monday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. For more information, please contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next Post-F2F Wellness Chat for graduates of the Family-to-Family program will take place on Monday, April 5, at 7 p.m. Please contact Judy at F2FMainLine@aol.com for the meeting information.
Our Parent Peer Support Group for parents with a middle school through young adult child meets weekly on Wednesday evenings via Zoom. If you are interested in joining this support group, please email Nancy.
Our NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for adults living with mental illness on Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons is meeting remotely. Please contact Danielle Sulpizio at (484) 880-0660 or Ed Kane at (484) 744-0860 for more information.
NAMI Main Line Upcoming Spring Events
NAMI Main Line Workshop: How Problem-Solving Skills Really Can Solve Problems will be on Sunday, April 25, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. This workshop will offer guidance in problem-solving skills as well as opportunities to practice these skills. Our workshop leader, Edie Mannion, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), is the co-founder/director of the Training and Education Center at the Mental Health Partnerships, a private therapist and consultant specializing specializing in adults with mental health disorders and their families. This workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Click here to register today.
Main Line NAMI Program: Gender, Sexuality and Mental Health: A Foundational Session on Identity, Expression and Common Social Bias presented by Samantha King, MSW, MEd., will be on Tuesday, May 11, from 7-9 p.m. on Zoom. Samantha is the Family Support and Education Specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Gender & Sexuality Development Program. For the last six years, Samantha has helped to advocate for LGBTQ individuals. During this workshop, Samantha will discuss the appropriate language and terminology related to gender and sexuality. She will help participants to better understand the differences between sex, gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation. Special time and attention will be focused on how to best support the development of our youth as they begin to navigate their own identity development. Samantha’s affirming approach to support development will highlight the specific tools families can use to ensure positive and healthy physical, mental, and emotional development of their loved ones. This program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Click here to register today.
NAMI Main Line Workshop: The Power of Gratitude in the Face of Mental Illness will be on Sunday, May 23, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. It will focus on building skills for integrating Gratitude Practices in everyday life while coping with mental illness. It will also provide opportunities to practice these skills while discussing and reflecting with fellow attendees. Participants will learn how the use of new approaches can help to decrease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress while increasing self-confidence and well-being. This workshop is designed for both caregivers and people who experience mental illness. It will be co-facilitated by Joan Sugarman and Sarah Freudberg. Joan has an MFT and has worked for many years as a mental health therapist with both individuals and families. Sarah is a teacher and a former Family-to-Family facilitator. This workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Click here to register today.
Other Upcoming Virtual Events
The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion is offering a new 2-Part Storytelling Workshop. “Worlds of Possibility: A Storytelling Workshop, on Tuesday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 13 at 3 p.m. on Zoom, is focused on identifying and achieving community participation goals through storytelling. Part 1 focuses on identifying community participation possibilities that you are passionate about. Between the first and second workshops, participants will be asked to take action to turn a possibility into reality. Part 2 focuses on the actions that were taken and includes creative prompts for developing your story! Spoiler alert: An action must be taken in order to develop your story. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a brief pre-workshop form to complete. Please contact email@example.com with questions.
NAMI Keystone PA is hosting a virtual NAMI Homefront course beginning on Thursday, April 15. The online class will meet weekly for six weeks from 6-8:30 PM. NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers, and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions. Based on the nationally-recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers, and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions. Registration is required. For more information, please go to https://www.namikeystonepa.org/education/programs/.
Remembering Dr. Larry Real
It is with great sadness that we share that Dr. Larry Real passed away in his sleep on March 25, 2021. Dr. Real was a longtime supporter of NAMI Main Line PA and generously volunteered his time to share his knowledge with the NAMI community. Dr. Real’s career-long involvement in the family support and advocacy movement was acknowledged with many awards. He became one of the first recipients of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award (1995) from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (now the National Alliance on Mental Illness). He was a co-founder of Tikvah/AJMI (Advocates for the Jewish Mentally Ill) – an organization practicing recovery-oriented community inclusion since 1991 – which honored him with its 2011 Righteous Persons Award. Click here for more information about Dr. Real’s life and professional career. Contributions Dr. Real’s memory may be made to Horizon House (www.hhinc.org) or World Cafe Live’s education programs (www.worldcafelive.com).