Main Line NAMI Weekly Update

NAMI PA, Main Line News and Offerings
The Havertown NAMI Family Support Group meets this Tuesday, March 21 from 7-8.30 p.m.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.  The group meets at the Presbyterian Church of Llanerch (211 Lansdowne Rd. in Havertown, PA 19083).  For more information, please contact Nora at

NAMI PA, Main Line presents: Severe Mental Illness and Recovery – First-Person Accounts by Individuals who are in Recovery and Family Members.
This event will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church, 5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore. The speakers will describe their lived experience with mental illness and recovery and answer your questions. Panel members in recovery live with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Family members will present the perspective of a mother and a husband. For more information, please contact us at or 267-251-6240.

We will host our third annual local awareness-raising, fund-raising walk, Main Line NAMI on the Move – Stepping out for Mental Health Awareness 2017 on Saturday morning, May 20 rain or shine. We hope you will join us for this family-friendly outreach and fund-raising walk. Registration is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Bryn Mawr Community Center Park (9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010), which is next to Ludington Library. The walk will be a 5K loop on Lancaster Avenue, beginning at 10:00 a.m., with a 1K option if you prefer. To register or to donate to the walk, go to

Feature of the Week: Resources for Coping with, Preparing for and Preventing a Crisis

NAMI PA, Main line is pleased to present a new web page with resources that will help you cope with, prepare for, and prevent a crisis for your loved one with mental illness. This webpage includes multiple links to helpful advice and information on topics such as involuntary commitment, Mental Health Advance Directives, and coping with HIPPA regulations or the criminal justice system.

Upcoming Events

The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania is offering a webinar: What Does the American Health Care Act Mean for Behavioral Health? Participants will learn what the proposals in the AHCA would mean for Medicaid, behavioral health parity, and access to mental health and substance use disorder care. The webinar will be held March 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Register here:

The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania TEC Center will be offering a 12-week skill building workshop for families and friends of people with BPD, Bipolar or Major Depression called Getting off the Emotional Roller Coaster. This workshop will help you respond, not just react, so you can get yourself and your life back under better control. You will learn key information about these 3 disorders, as well the key skills of self-care, validation, limit setting and crisis management. The workshop will start Thursday March 30 and will meet from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. in Plymouth Meeting.  For more information or to register: contact MaryCatherine Lowery at 267.507.3865 or

The NAMI Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference will be held Friday, March 31 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. The conference plans to offer professionals and families diverse and innovative learning opportunities pertaining to current issues affecting children and youth with behavioral health conditions. In addition to the keynote presenters, this conference will offer 12 different workshops for participants to attend. For more information, or to register:

The NAMI Keystone PA Mental Health & Wellness Conference will be held May 12 and 13 in Harrisburg. NAMI Affiliates and Stakeholders – join together to focus on connection, collaboration, and community so we can envision a better Pennsylvania for those affected by mental illness and their families! Individuals living with mental illness and family members; educators, students, and other young adults; mental health professionals; local community leaders; and regional, county and state government leaders are all welcome. Early bird registration by March 31. For more information call NAMI SWPA at 412.366.3788, or to register:

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