Upcoming NAMI Main Line Events

Our next Family-to-Family Education Program will begin on Tuesday, February 6, and will meet weekly on Tuesdays for 8 weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. on Zoom. 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. Registration is Required.  For more information, please contact us at nami.main.line.pa@gmail.com.

Join us for Yoga for Well-being on Thursday, February 1, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Lansdowne Library (55 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, PA). When we are presented with challenges to our mental health and that of our loved ones, it can create stress and anxiety, not only in our minds, but also in in our bodies. Yoga offers a whole body-mind experience that can help.

Helene Von Rosenstiel will offer a chair and standing yoga sequence. The foundation of yoga is learning how our breath supports us and can help keep us grounded and centered— the poses in yoga help to increase flexibility and enhance easeful movement in the body. An ongoing practice of yoga offers increased focus and clarity, strength and balance. A consistent yoga practice provides an opportunity to work toward peaceful well-being. Accommodations and modifications will be offered to make this yoga practice actively accessible to all. The shared practice of yoga provides opportunities for new awareness, interactions, and connections.

Helene is a Yoga Alliance 500-hour instructor and an IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) certified Yoga Therapist. She established a consistent yoga practice during her 68th year and then began classical yoga teacher training in 2016. Now as a wise elder, health challenges have required adaptations and modifications in personal practice and teaching. This allows her to continue her yoga studies and practice while sharing the benefits of a movement form she loves. For additional information please get in touch with Helene at helene.vonrosenstiel@gmail.com or c. 215-796-7059.

Please plan to join us for our Main Line NAMI Forum: Finding, Evaluating and Working with a Therapist on Sunday, February 25, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. A full description will be available in the coming weeks and will be posted on our website and publicized in our weekly emails. Click here to register.

Upcoming Main Line NAMI Support Groups

Our Media NAMI Family Member Support Group will meet on Thursday, January 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Lima United Methodist Church, 209 N. Middletown Road (Rt. 352) in Media, PA. This is a confidential, and safe group of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. This support group meets virtually and in-person simultaneously. Please contact the moderator, Lisa Kostaneski (215-606-8593), with any questions or if you would like to attend.

Our NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for adults living with mental illness on meets on Tuesday evenings. This group will have in-person meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays and Zoom meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month. Please contact Danielle Sulpizio at 484-880-0660 or Ed Kane at (484) 744-0860 for more 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.

Research Opportunity

The National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD) gives voice to the concerns of people with disabilities including people with mental health challenges and documents their experiences with a variety of issues. Those include access to health care, insurance coverage, housing, transportation, long COVID, employment, community participation and more. Be sure that the perspective of people with lived experience of mental health conditions are represented!

Click here if you are interested in participating: https://kuhealthsurvey.org/

Click here if you would like to learn more about the survey from a University of Kansas press release: https://lifespan.ku.edu/national-study-led-life-span-institute-researchers-asks-people-disabilities-share-their-experiences

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