Main Line NAMI Weekly Update

NAMI PA, Main Line News and Offerings
We are grateful to each and every one of you who supported Main Line NAMI on the Move – Stepping out for Mental Health Awareness this past Saturday. This was our third annual walk, and we very much appreciate everyone’s participation and contributions to making this walk an outstanding success. Together, we we surpassed our original fundraising goal! The money raised by our walk will provide much-needed financial support for our free services for individuals with mental illness and their family members. If you didn’t get a chance to make a donation, there is still time to donate. Just visit:
                                                                     Photo Credit: Rich Dunoff

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: Choosing the Right Mental Health Professional

Finding a mental health professional can be challenging, especially locating one who meets your needs. It is important to set aside some time to plan out the process and understand that it is not enough simply to find a licensed therapist. Our article compiles information from the Mayo Clinic, SAMHSA and BP Magazine.

Upcoming Events

On Tuesday, May 30 at 1.00 p.m, Mental Health America will be offering a webinar on Technology-Based Early Identification and Crisis Supports. Technology has offered us the opportunity to provide people with far reaching, easy to access, and anonymous mental health supports. The use of such technology opens the door to understand how to best support people who are coming to the internet or getting on the phone to receive critical care – especially when the care is related to early identification or crisis. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Crisis Text Line, and MHA Screening will discuss how their services work and questions often asked. Register here:

On Wednesday May 31 at 12.30 p.m, Mental Health America will be hosting a webinar about Depression. The webinar will cover what is Major Depressive Disorder, understanding treatment, what to do when treatments aren’t working as expected. Register here:

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion invites you to join them on campus this summer, July 24 and 25, in Philadelphia to discuss the state-of-the-science research findings about community inclusion of individuals with mental illnesses. This is an opportunity to learn, to share, and to become inspired by some of the leading researchers and activists in the field.  Among the sessions to be presented are ones focusing on the theoretical and research justifications for community inclusion programming, the expanding roles of peer specialists in promoting community inclusion, the effectiveness of leisure and recreation activities, the impact of educational and employment initiatives of community connections, strategies for confronting the environmental barriers to community inclusion, and the role of mainstream neighborhood organizations in developing welcoming communities – and more.To register:

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