Main Line NAMI Weekly Update

NAMI PA, Main Line News and Offerings

The Upper Darby NAMI Family Support Group is a free, confidential and safe group of families helping other families with a special emphasis for parents of youth and young adults ages 26 and younger struggling with mental health and substance abuse challenges, but all are welcome. 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 and/or substance abuse challenges. The group will meet Thursday, May 11, from 7-8.00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Crossroads Community Church, 104 Heather Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19082. The Upper Darby NAMI Family Support Group is co-facilitated by Michael and Jacqueline Harper. For more information, please contact Michael at

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

NAMI PA, Main Line is excited to partner with the Haverford YMCA for a Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course on Wednesday June 7 and Thursday June 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. YMHFA is a free 8-hour training designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and others how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to take this training, but you will need a signed parental permission slip. To register for this course, please email your full name, birthdate, email address, and phone number to Melanie Greaves at Melanie will send you additional information about registration and parking. Registration is required for this free event as space is limited. Participants must attend both days to  be eligible for certification. This event will be held in the Nolan Painting conference room, 181 W Hillcrest Ave, Havertown, PA 19o83. For more information about YMHFA, go to For more information about this course offering, go to

Feature of the Week: How to Get Government Services

Our How to Get Services SlideShare provides information on how to apply for Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security Disability Income as well as crisis intervention and community services. This information can also be accessed on our website:

Upcoming Events

The first ever NAMI Keystone PA Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held May 12-13 in Harrisburg.The conference features 15 workshops and three speakers, including NAMI’s own, Sita Diehl. Diehl is the Director of Policy and State Outreach at NAMI, and she’ll be sharing highlights of the study, Pins & Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental IllnessHotel information, registration, and the complete conference agenda are available online at
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