Our Main Line NAMI Forum: What types of mental health care are available in Southeastern Pennsylvania? will be on Sunday, October 1, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. Please join us for this forum to learn more about various types of mental health care in our area. We will have the following presenters and topics:

  • Amanda Falivene-Rocco – Outpatient and Inpatient Treatment Options for Adults
  • Kathleen Goughler – Services for Adolescents and Teens
  • Karen Irwin – Supportive Residences

Each speaker will make a brief presentation, followed by plenty of time for Q & A. For more information and to register, please go to https://tinyurl.com/MHsvcsSEPA2023.

Our next Family-to-Family Education Program will begin on Wednesday, October 18, and will meet for 8 weeks on Zoom from 6-8:30 p.m. (We will not meet the week of Thanksgiving.) Family-to-Family (F2F) is a course structured to help family members understand and support a relative diagnosed with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by trained volunteer family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one with a serious mental illness. F2F is offered as a community service without charge. Registration is Required.  For more information, please contact us at nami.main.line.pa@gmail.com.

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 Meeting Next Week

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 Sharona Dunoff at 610-246-6755 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.

For more information about our other support groups, please go to https://namimainlinepa.org/support/support-groups/ .

Other Upcoming Events

The Chester County Intermediate Unit, the Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force, and NAMI Chester County PA invite you to a powerful event presented and facilitated by the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association. A screening of the movie “I Didn’t Die, But…” will take place on Thursday, September 28, from 5-8pm at CCIU Downingtown. The “I Didn’t Die, But…” Suicide Awareness Project has opened the door to real, honest, and emotional conversations surrounding suicide. Join the organizers for the start of a moment to eliminate stigma and raise awareness of how it feels to be a person who has survived a suicide attempt. Following a screening of the “I Didn’t Die, But…” movie, a community conversation surrounding the interviews, themes, emotions and ideas of hope presented will be held. The organizers want to bring attention to the multi-faceted issue of suicide and how we all have the ability to save someone’s life by sharing the insights of the interviewees. This is a free community event with a boxed dinner provided to attendees. As this is a sensitive conversation, registration is required. Mental health support staff will be present, as well as resources and information to register for upcoming Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) trainings. Register at https://namichescopa.org/event/i-didnt-die-but-screening-event/.

Treatment Advocacy Center’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment Learning Network (AOTLN) is hosting a live virtual training webinar sponsored by TAC and presented in collaboration with the Henry Amador Center on Anosognosia on Thursday, September 28 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. This training is designed for criminal justice and mental health professionals, including judges, attorneys, court staff, social workers, case managers, and others, and offers 2.5 CEUs for social workers. Registration is available at https://hacenter.org/online-trainings.

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