Our Main Line NAMI Workshop: Guilt & Toxic Guilt: Understanding and Moving Beyond These Powerful Emotions will be on Sunday, November 5, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. The painful emotion of guilt frequently haunts family members of people with mental illness for a whole host of reasons. In this live, non-recorded on-line workshop, you will learn what the experts say about guilt, its various sub-types and related emotions, and common triggers for guilt experienced by family members. Strategies for determining to what extent guilt is truly justified will be presented. Participants will also learn ways to respond effectively if they decide that guilt is justified, including effective apologies, amends letters, and self-compassion/boundary setting. This workshop will include slides, resources and an opportunity for participants to join facilitator-led small group discussions. Our presenter will be Edie Mannion, LMFT, from the DBT Center of Greater Philadelphia. For more information and to register, please go to https://tinyurl.com/GuiltWorkshop.

NAMI Main Line Support Groups

Our Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group will meet on Monday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. If you have a family member or loved one with mental illness and are interested in this support group, please contact Diane at dmkotrl@gmail.com for more information.

Our NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for adults living with mental illness on meets on Tuesday evenings. This group will have in-person meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays and Zoom Meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month. Please contact Danielle Sulpizio at 484-880-0660 or Ed Kane at (484) 744-0860 for more information.

Our Parent Peer Support Group for parents with a middle school through young adult child meets weekly on Wednesday evenings via Zoom. If you are interested in joining this support group, please email Nancy.

Other Upcoming Events

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, is offering the NAMI Homefront Education Program free of charge to participants, beginning on Friday, November 3, and meeting from 4:30-6:30 p.m. NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for families, caregivers and friends of Military Service Members and Veterans. The course helps participants understand the challenges Military Service Members/Veterans are experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery. Click here to register.

Fall Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses will be offered in early November. MHFA is a public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges or crises. First Aid is given until appropriate supports are received. The Montgomery County Office of Health and Human Services is sponsoring an adult MHFA course on November 4, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Elder Net of Lower Merion, 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. ‍See a synopsis of Adult Mental Health First Aid course content. The Montgomery County Office of Health and Human Services is also sponsoring a youth MHFA course on November 9, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at the Ambler YMCA 1325 McKean Road, Ambler, PA 19002. ‍See a synopsis of Youth Mental Health First Aid course contentClick here for more information and to register.

There will be a Forum on Anxiety in Children and Teens, sponsored by NAMI Bucks County, CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) Primary Care Doylestown, and HighPoint on Wednesday, November 8, at 7 p.m. In this Forum moderated by Naline Lai, MD, presenters Kate Hentschel, MD, and John Grove, LCSW, will discuss techniques to calm everyday anxiety and medication myth busters with panelists Kathy Crocker, MD, and Kate Belser, MD. For more information and to register, go to https://namibuckspa.org/anxiety/.

The Special Education Department at McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse and Ryan P.C. will be hosting a free webinar, “Special Education and Back-To-School Issues: Know Your Child’s Educational Rights” on Thursday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Tikvah’s Dessert and Dialogue with Edie Mannion, will be on Sunday, November 19, at 2 p.m. at Temple University Bright Hall (580 Meetinghouse Road in Ambler, PA 19002). In this presentation, Edie Mannion will discuss “Family Recovery: Tips & Resources for Healing Family Relationships Affected by Mental Health Disorders”. Edie Mannion is is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice with her team at the DBT Center of Greater Philadelphia. Please RSVP for this free event by calling Tikvah at 215-832-0671 or emailing office@tikvahajmi.org.

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