Our Bryn Mawr Family Support Group Meets Monday

Our Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group will meet on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in Bryn Mawr. This group is for family members of people with mental illness. For more information, including location and room number, please contact the group facilitator, Diane, at 610-247-4545

Main Line NAMI Workshop, “Learning to Deal with Guilt, Grief and Anger, will be on Sunday, April 15, from  2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church (5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore, PA). Workshop topics will include recognizing family grief when a loved one becomes mentally ill; learning to accept and move through guilt, grief and anger; and learning to accept your loved one with all the changes that mental illness may bring. This workshop will include presentations by facilitators, Bruce Fay and Sarah Freudberg, discussion, and a group exercise to help participants deal with their guilt, grief and/or anger. Bruce Fay and Sarah Freudberg are facilitators of NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education Program and each has a loved one with mental illness. We will have a brief membership meeting before the workshop begins.

Chichester High School Tri-M Music Honor Society’s Benefit Concert for NAMI PA, Main Line will be on Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at Chichester High School.  Join Tri-M to help raise awareness about mental illness and support all those who suffer from it.  Admission is any donation of your choosing, and merchandise and refreshments will be available for purchase. Enjoy live entertainment from Chichester High School’s Music Department and multiple partnering schools.  We are grateful that the Chichester High School Tri-M Music Honor Society has chosen to support our affiliate!

Just Talk About It featuring NAMI PA, Main Line and Minding Your Mind will take place on Sunday, May 6, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Wayne Presbyterian Church (125 E. Lancaster Ave. in Wayne, PA).  Participants will be encouraged to “Just Talk About It” as NAMI and Minding Your Mind help them to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression and crisis. Designed for students in 6th grade and older and the adults who support them – we’ll learn to look beyond any stigma of mental health and notice warning signs in ourselves and our peers.   Updated information will be available at https://namimainlinepa.org/events/ in the upcoming months.

Feature of the Week: Co-occurring Disorder or Dual Diagnosis 

NAMI PA, Main Line has compiled a list of treatment facilities and support groups in the Philadelphia area for Co-occurring Disorder or Dual Diagnosis. Co-occurring Disorders refer to a diagnosis of a mental health disorder as well as an addictive disorder. Participating in treatment for both at the same time can lead to a more sustained recovery. See http://namipamainline.org/dual-diagnosis/ for more info.

Upcoming Events

Mental Health Partnerships will host an Educational Support Group for Families and Friends of People with Hoarding Behaviors on Tuesday, April 3, from 7-9 p.m. at Belmont Behavioral Hospital.  There will be an educational presentation followed by a support group.  This is a free support group and registration is preferred but not required. Contact tecinfo@mhphope.org or 267-507-3865.

There will be an Adult Mental Health First Aid Training in Bryn Mawr on Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. You are more likely to encounter someone – friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or member of the community – in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. For more information or to register, please go to: Mental Health First Aid Training – Bryn Mawr.

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