NAMI Main Line Fall Events

Our 5th annual awareness and fundraising walk, Main Line NAMI on the Move – Stepping Up for Mental Health, will be on Saturday, October 19, in Ardmore. For more info and to register, please visit our walk website: https://namimainlinepa.dojiggy.com/.

Coping With Mental Illness for Family Members on Tuesday, October 15, from 7-8 p.m. at Haverford High School, Room 202 (200 Mill Road in Havertown, 19083). Please join us as our affiliate president, Ingrid Waldron, describes our free services for individuals with mental illness and their family members. This event is free, but registration is required through the Haverford Adult School. You can register for course #303 here.

A Mental Health Panel Presentation co-sponsored by NAMI Main Line and Upper Merion Library will be on Sunday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. at Upper Merion Library. Please join us for an educational presentation with first-person accounts by people in recovery from struggles with mental illness and family members sharing what it is like to care for or live with someone with mental illness. You can register for this event here.

Main Line NAMI Workshop: “Supporting Your Loved One on the Road to Mental Health Recovery – What Helps, What Hurts“ will be on Sunday, November 10 from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church. Click here for more info.  

Our NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meets on Tuesdays. This is a free, weekly, peer support group for adults living with mental illness. For more information, please contact Danielle Sulpizio at (484) 880-0660 or Ed Kane at (484) 744-0860.

Our Parent Peer Support Group meets on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:15 p.m. for parents with a middle school through young adult child who is challenged with mental health symptoms. For questions or to RSVP, contact Nancy Dever at psadfacilitator@gmail.com or text 610-574-3319 to set up a time to talk.

The Ripple Effect of Suicide By Elana Premack Sandler, LCSW, MPH 

“A suicide is like a pebble in a pond. The waves ripple outward.” The first “waves,” close by, are big, and as they move outward, they get smaller and smaller. When someone dies by suicide, the people impacted most dramatically are those closest to the person who died: family, friends, co-workers, classmates. As a result, the people who interacted regularly with the individual who ended their life will miss the physical presence of that person and typically feel the loss most intimately. But, those people represent only the first wave, or the initial level of impact.

Those people who are members of an individual’s community, such as members of a faith community; teachers, staff and other students in a school; or service providers, may also be affected by a suicide. Consider also, law enforcement, clergy and emergency personnel who respond and provide support for family.

Ultimately, in a way that a pond is changed because of a pebble, an entire community can be changed by a suicide. So what can be done to manage the impact of a suicide and work toward further prevention?

  • Work to Decrease Stigma
  • Increase Support to the Community
  • Help People in Need Access Mental Health Resources

Read the full post at: https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/September-2018/The-Ripple-Effect-of-Suicide

Other Local Events

On May 29, the governor of Pennsylvania announced the creation of a statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force. The goal of this task force is to bring together state agencies with differing responsibilities and constituencies to inform a comprehensive, statewide suicide prevention plan. A Statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force Listening Session will be held on Thursday, September 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Temple University. To register, please click here.

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