Mental Health Tips for the Holidays

In this holiday season, we give heartfelt thanks for all our volunteers who do so much to help individuals with mental illness and their family members. We also very much appreciate the many generous donors who support our free services for people with mental illness and their families. If you have not already donated, we encourage you to make a donation  to support our work (see our  accomplishments in 2017). We appreciate all types of donations, including donations in honor of or in memory of someone and United Way donations (our donor code is 214). Also, if you have received a membership renewal reminder, please renew your membership. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to join our affiliate .

Our Parent Peer Support Group meets on Wednesdays from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., and is intended 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: Tips on Managing the Holiday Blues

Although the holiday season can be a time of joy and excitement, for many it can be a time of stress, anxiety and depression. NAMI has put together some suggestions for managing your mental and physical health during the holidays. These include getting enough sleep, exercising, watching what you eat and drink, setting realistic expectations, and planning support for yourself and your loved one with mental illness. More tips can be found at and on pages 3-4 at

Upcoming Events

The International Bipolar Foundation is sponsoring a free webinar, “Teen Depression: What Families and Schools Can Do for Reluctant Teens“, on Wednesday, December 13, from noon-1 p.m. Teens may be withdrawn, irritable, or self-harming. Parents and school personnel are left wondering what is normal and what is not, how to identify what is going on, and how to engage a reluctant teen. Dr. Rappaport, an associate professor of psychiatry with over twenty years of experience working with teens and consulting to schools will provide practical tips and key information for those navigating these challenges. Dr. Nancy Rappaport is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and a part-time Associate Professor of Psychiatry with Harvard Medical School where she teaches undergraduates, medical students, and residents about child development. She is the co-author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students. For more information and to register, please go to

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), 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, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 19, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Friends Hospital.  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 contact or 215-685-3755.   For more information about Youth Mental Health First Aid, go to

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