Our next Main Line NAMI Workshop, “Living with Mental Health Challenges: Maintaining a Positive Approach Even When Times Are Hard,” will be on Sunday, October 2, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. Our panelists will describe the challenges they have experienced while dealing with chronic mental illness personally or in their families. They will also discuss what has helped them to maintain a positive approach during difficult times. Our panelists will respond to your questions and comments. During the second half of this workshop, each attendee will participate in a small group discussion. Each person will be invited to describe their successes and challenges in maintaining a positive approach and consider how they can overcome their challenges. Register for this event at https://tinyurl.com/Oct2NAMIWorkshop.

Our next Main Line NAMI Forum, “Improving Mental Health Crisis Services: Changes & Challenges in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery Counties,” will be on Sunday, November 13, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. In preparation for the recently launched 988 Suicide & Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, counties in southeastern PA have been working hard to improve mental health crisis services and resources. In this webinar, a panel of officials from Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties will present the changes they have been making and any successes so far. They will also discuss the challenges they are facing, along with suggestions for anyone who wants to advocate with their local legislators to help improve mental health crisis services in the counties that affect them or their loved ones. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions of each official, as well as sharing of ideas across counties. Register for this event at https://tinyurl.com/CrisisServicesForum.

We are one month away from NAMIWalks Your Way Main Line PA!  Please plan to join us on Sunday, October 16, from 9:30-11 a.m.  Funds raised stay right here in our community and directly benefit those impacted by mental illness through NAMI’s free top-rated programs, widespread and meaningful awareness and advocacy, and commitment to keeping our community on a trajectory toward change.  Register at www.NAMIWalks.org/MainLinePA.

NAMI Main Line Support Groups

Our Bryn Mawr NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for adults living with mental illness on meets on Tuesday evenings on Zoom. 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.

Our Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group meets the first Monday of every month 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 Havertown NAMI Family Support Group will meet in-person on the third Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Llanerch Presbyterian Church, 211 Lansdowne Road, Havertown. If you are new to the group and interested in attending a meeting or have questions, please contact Nora at nora@huntjohnson.org.

Our Wellness Chat for Family-to-Family Graduates meets once a month at 7 p.m.  The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21.  Please contact Judy at F2FMainLine@aol.com for the upcoming meeting information.

Other Upcoming Events

NAMI’s Ask the Expert: Suicide Prevention Webinar Series will include three events in September.  NAMI welcomes colleagues at AFSP and The JED Foundation, as well as contributors to NAMI’s first-ever book “You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health,” to share their work and experience in a variety of suicide prevention efforts.  The next webinar, Creative Approaches to Prevention, will take place on Thursday, September 22, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Click here to register.

NAMI will hold a special virtual event for NAMIWalks participants called, “NAMIWalks Your Way – You Are Not Alone” on Friday, September 16, at noon on Zoom.  Join others from across the nation as NAMIWalks celebrates all that is made possible by you – a NAMIWalks Participant. We will be joined by Dr. Ken Duckworth, author of NAMI’s first ever book “You Are Not Alone,” for a special sneak-peek of the book. You will hear firsthand from two of the personal stories highlighted in the book. They will share the impact that NAMI has had on their lives – an impact made possible through the fundraising efforts of amazing participants like you. Together, we will celebrate the movement that is NAMIWalks and how every step we take brings us closer to mental health for all. Click here to reserve your spot.

Mental Health America will host a webinar, “Where Do I Fit In? Creating Spaces Where Youth Feel Connected” on Tuesday, September 20, at 3:00 p.m.  For youth, feeling like they don’t fit in, aren’t like others, have different interests, or just haven’t found a space they feel comfortable in can be extremely challenging and have an impact on their mental health. The discussion of this panel-style webinar will be led by young leaders, who will share their experiences in finding a sense of belonging and how to create intentional and inclusive spaces for youth to feel connected and seen. For more information and to register, click here.

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