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 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 Ask the Experts presents “The Criminal Legal System: Transformation to Health and Justice” on Thursday, October 19, at 4 p.m. The lack of equitable health care access and delivery combined with racialized poverty, segregation and discrimination disproportionately harm Black and Brown Americans, leading to poorer health outcomes, especially for people who are incarcerated. Those incarcerated or otherwise involved in the justice system, face barriers to employment, housing, education and other critical areas of life. This presentation will examine policies that continue to impact people in the justice system, as well as opportunities to build equity, end structural racism, and help transform this system to one that promotes real health and justice. Click here to register.

PA ABLE presents, “Connecting PA ABLE and Work Incentives for People with Disabilities” on Wednesday, October 25, from 12-1 p.m. Experts will explain the PA ABLE Savings Program and Pennsylvania’s Work Incentive Programs. The PA ABLE Savings Program gives individuals with qualified disabilities a tax-free way to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses while maintaining important benefits. The state and federal tax-free investment options are offered to encourage saving to support health, independence, and quality of life. Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA), often referred to as benefits counseling, is an essential service to promote and support the employment of people with disabilities who receive SSA benefits. This webinar will offer an overview of WIPA’s individualized work incentives planning, which can assist individuals to make informed choices about work. Hear from Diana Fishlock, outreach specialist for the PA ABLE Savings Program, and Joy Smith, community work incentive coordinator for AHEDD. Click here for more information and to register.

Tikvah’s Dessert and Dialogue with Melissa Hopely Rice will be on Sunday, October 29, at 2 p.m. at KleinLife (10100 Jamison Avenue in Philadelphia, PA 19116). In this presentation, Melissa Hopely Rice will discuss her personal story of mental health recovery and the inspiring stories of people she has met in her life. Melissa is a well-accomplished international motivational speaker, mental health, anti-bullying and suicide prevention advocate, and author of “The People You Meet in Real Life”. Please RSVP for this free event by calling Tikvah at 215-832-0671 or emailing office@tikvahajmi.org.

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.

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