Please join us for Main Line NAMI Workshop: The Effects of Mental Illness on All Family Members on Sunday, February 6, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. Our panel will describe their experiences as family members of someone who has a mental illness, including a spouse, a sibling, a parent, and a daughter. Dr. Ellen Berman will also describe the effects of mental illness on the extended family. Panelists will describe what helped them to cope in their family situation. Small group discussions will provide the opportunity to discuss your own situation and think about what could help you to cope better. We will open the meeting early to admit participants so that we can begin promptly at 2 p.m. Click here to register for this online forum. For more information, please contact us at nami.main.line.pa@gmail.com.

Our next NAMI Family-to-Family (F2F) Education Program will begin on Thursday, February 17, and will meet once a week for 8 weeks from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Zoom. 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. Click here for more information. For questions and to register, please contact Judy Green at F2FMainLine@aol.com.

NAMI Main Line Upcoming Virtual Support Groups

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 NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for adults living with mental illness on Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons is meeting remotely. Please contact Danielle Sulpizio at (484) 880-0660 or Ed Kane at (484) 744-0860 for more information.
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 Member Support Group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 7 p.m. on Zoom. For more information, please contact Nora.

Other Upcoming Events

Magellan Healthcare will host eMpowered for Learning webinar, “Wellness in 8D: A lens to build resilience” on Thursday, January 27, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. with presenter, Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, FAOTA, associate director, Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies, and research professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, at Rutgers University. Wellness is an inspiring and powerful word. A wellness philosophy supports healthy lifestyle habits that, in turn, have positive effects on quality of life. Wellness involves a lifelong process of creating and adapting habits and routines that lead to improved health in multiple dimensions. This session will examine wellness in an 8-dimensional model (8D) as a lens for prevention, treatment and recovery supports. Through this interactive webinar, participants will have the opportunity to examine personal strengths and areas for personal growth to build resilience. Explore how this model can be personally applied and professionally implemented to support people with a wide range of challenges. Click here for more information and to register.

Volunteers Needed

Thank you to all our NAMI Walks Main Line PA 2021 sponsors, donors, and volunteers. Our first NAMIWalks was a success thanks to each of you!
It’s now time to begin the planning for our 2022 walk and we are looking for a few enthusiastic folks to join our 2022 Walk Planning Committee. The good news is that the only special skill required is some of your time and dedication to making this year’s walk season a success. There are many jobs to be done on the committee from large to small including planning for both virtual and in-person events, reaching out to sponsors, promoting our event, recruiting volunteers, and planning fun activities for our walk season. While we have the full support of our NAMIWalks National team, our local event needs you to pull it all together.
Please consider joining our Walk Planning Committee to support our wonderful NAMI Main Line PA local affiliate. The funds raised from our walk make our local programs possible. Joining the Walk Planning Committee is an easy way to get involved and make a difference.
To learn more contact Denise Hay at dddhay@aol.com or Kristine Songster at nami.main.line.pa@gmail.com.
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