Main Line NAMI Forum “How to Address Substance Use Issues with a Mentally Ill Loved One” This Sunday

Main Line NAMI Forum, “ How to Address Substance Use Issues with a Mentally Ill Loved One,” will take place this Sunday, September 23, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church.  The forum will be presented by Michael Ascher, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Sarah Espenshade, LCSW, CAADC, founder of Espenshade Counseling and co-founder of the Recovery Collaborative.

Our new NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meets weekly on Tuesday evenings. 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. By sharing your experiences, you can gain hope and you can develop relationships with a group dedicated to productive discussion. The group encourages empathy and fosters a sense of community. To sign up and for more information, including the location and time of our meetings, please contact Hannah Cooper (215) 806-6178 or Danielle Sulpizio (484) 880-0660.

Our Parent Peer Support Group meets on Wednesday nights from 6:45-8:15 p.m. for parents with a middle or high school 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 nancydever@comcast.net or call 610-574-3319.

Main Line NAMI on the Move: Stepping Out for Mental Health Awareness will be on Saturday, October 13 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore.  Registration and a mental health resources fair will begin at 8:30 a.m., the program will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.  Please click here for more information and to register.

Main Line NAMI Workshop, “When and How to Set Limits When a Loved One Has a Mental Disorder” will take place on Sunday, October 21, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church.  This workshop will include advice on when and how to set limits and provide opportunities to practice these skills. Presenter Edie Mannion, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), is the co-founder and manager of the Training and Education Center at Mental Health Partnerships, a private therapist and consultant specializing in serious mental health disorders, and a family member with lived experience.

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Upcoming Events 
 
NAMI has joined a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to overturn the Administration’s recently-issued rule on short-term, limited-duration (STLD) insurance plans. The new STLD rule dealt a blow to mental health parity by allowing for an expansion of health insurance plans that are not required to cover people with pre-existing conditions or provide coverage for mental health services. These short-term, limited duration plans will also result in higher premiums for comprehensive health insurance plans that provide parity mental health coverage and that don’t exclude people with pre-existing conditions.
Follow @NAMIAdvocacy on Twitter for updates and read more about the lawsuit at: http://ow.ly/ybmM30lP7IMShare how your insurance coverage helps you-or tell us about challenges you’ve experienced that have hurt your ability to get mental health care. https://nami.quorum.us/campaign/11634/

QPR Training will be held Friday, September 28, 1-3 p.m. at Surrey Services in Devon. People trained in life saving techniques such as CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year. In a similar way, those trained in QPR learn to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. Please contact Nicole to reserve your space at 610-647-9172 or nrobinson@surreyservices.org.

Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force will be walking in the AFSP Walk in Philadelphia on October 7. If you would like to join the group for this event, contact Carol Harkins charkins@chesco.org.

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