Main Line NAMI Support Groups Meet This Week
We encourage you to register for Family-to-Family, a program offered to the community without charge that provides education and support for family members of a person who has a serious mental illness. Family-to-Family at the Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood will begin on Tuesday, February 27, and will meet once a week for 12 consecutive weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. For questions or to register, contact Judy Green at 610-668-7917 or F2FMainLine@aol.com.
Our Havertown NAMI Family Support Group will meet on Tuesday, January 16, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Llanerch (211 Lansdowne Rd. in Havertown, PA 19083). 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. For more information, please contact Nora at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feature of the Week: Steps to Better Physical Health
- Identify one or two specific behavioral changes that you want to make and can incorporate in your life for the long term.
- Continue these behaviors, and identify and adopt one or two additional specific behavioral changes.
- Adopt these behavioral changes for several weeks – > success!
- Healthy foods: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy and meat, fish
- Unhealthy foods: high in sugars, fats or salt
- Smaller portion sizes – easier with foods that take time to chew and have low-calorie density, served ahead of time on small plate
- Change your environment (e.g. no junk food in your home).
- Eat only at kitchen or dining room table, not in front of TV.
- Use a food diary to identify triggers for overeating and plan incompatible actions.
- If you slip up, don’t give up; just resume your original plan.
For more specific listings of resources for physical activity, nutrition and weight control, smoking cessation, etc., please go to https://namimainlinepa.org/steps-to-better-physical-health-for-people-with-mental-illness-and-for-all-of-us-advice-and-resources/.
NAMI Montgomery County will host “Breaking Stigma: Mental Illness & Addiction” on Wednesday, January 10, from 7-8:30 p.m. at 100 W. Main Street, Suite 204 in Lansdale, PA 19446 (NAMI Montgomery County’s Office). Join NAMI Montgomery County to learn about mental illness, substance use, and the stigmas associated with these topics. The meeting will feature Dr. Patrick McElwaine, Supervisor at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Assistant Professor at Holy Family University. Dr. McElwaine brings his experience and knowledge to answer your questions and share the impacts that mental illness and substance use have on individuals. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public; however an RSVP is requested by January 8. Please call 215-361- 7784 to RSVP.
NAMI Montgomery County has organized their first Youth Day of Service to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15, from 9 a.m.- noon at 100 West Main Street, Suite 204, Lansdale, PA 19446 (NAMI Montgomery County’s Office). Youth, ages 10-14, are invited to take part in spreading NAMI goodness through mission driven activities. A lite lunch will be served. Certificates of service hours will be available. Space is limited! Don’t delay in reserving your youth’s spot! Call 215-261-7784 to register.