Mental Health for Older Adults

Our Parent Peer Support Group meets on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:15 p.m. This group is 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 or call 610-574-3319.

Feature of the Week: Mental Health for Older Adults  

We have added a new section to our Resource Guide, called Mental Health Resources for Older Adults which is available at We thank our colleagues at Surrey Services for preparing this comprehensive list of mental health resources for older adults.

NAMI PA, Main Line volunteer, Bruce Fay, was interviewed as part of a Mental Health Resource Program specifically designed for older adults developed by Surrey Services.  See his interview at

The First National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day is today, May 18.  SAMHSA and the Administration for Community Living, together with the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, will host a panel discussion to raise public awareness about the mental health of older Americans and spur action to address the needs of this population. Watch a panel of experts discuss evidence-based approaches to mental health and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery supports for older adults, and encourage collaboration between the mental health and aging networks today, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The panel will also highlight the work of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee and offer guidance for people who seek treatment and services. HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., along with HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging, Lance Robertson, will provide opening remarks. For more information and to register for this event, please go to Participation can take place in person as well as online.

Upcoming Events

There will be a Special Needs Planning Workshop sponsored by 1847 on Wednesday, May 23, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Divine Providence Village (Multi Purpose Room at 686 Old Marple Road in Springfield). 1847’s workshops are focused on empowering and educating families who have dependents with special needs giving them clear, actionable information that can be used to understand and build aresponsible financial lifestyle. This small and interactive seminar will be led by popular financialspeaker, Pat Bergmaier, and will provide a comfortable setting in which attendees can learn how to take control of their present and future financial planning. As a follow-up, individual meetings may bescheduled to focus on your personal financial situation without distraction. For more info and to register, please go to

There will be a LEAP seminar and consultation on June 14 and 15 with Dr. Amador in Riverhead, NY. This training is open to family members, healthcare (psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners, caseworkers, psychologists, and peer specialists) and criminal justice professionals. On the first day, you will learn/review the LEAP method for communicating with loved ones/patients with serious mental illness. The main goal is to either repair broken relationships and/or build on trusting relationships to help the person accept treatment and services.  The second day is reserved for private consultations with Dr. Amador to discuss your specific needs and goals. This consultation can sometimes occur on the first day if needed. After the consultation we offer follow-up and ongoing support and peer supervision. For more information, please call Brenda Astarita at: 888-801-LEAP (888-801-5327) ext. 106 and/or e-mail or visit

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are conducting a research study about people’s experience with violence from a family member who has a mental illness. If you are willing and eligible to participate in this study, we would like to have a phone interview with you to ask you some questions about your experience with violence from a family member with mental illness. If you are potentially interested in participating, please complete a brief questionnaire to help us determine your eligibility.  The questionnaire should take less than 5 minutes to complete. You can access the questionnaire by at  After completing the brief questionnaire, if you are eligible to participate, a member of the research team will email you to arrange a phone call. Participants will receive a $40 gift card upon completion of their interview.

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