Our Main Line NAMI Forum: Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders: Challenges and Tips for Families and Friends will be this Sunday, April 7, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. The traits of people with borderline and narcissistic personality disorders can be especially hard on relationships and frequently affect the mental health of loved ones and friends.  This live, online forum explores the persistent, maladaptive patterns associated with two of the ten recognized personality disorders.  Participants will learn how they are diagnosed, theories about how they develop, and treatment approaches that have demonstrated positive outcomes. Tips for responding effectively to challenging behaviors will also be presented. This forum features slides, short videos, and opportunities for questions and discussion. The presenters are Edie Mannion, LMFT, a licensed therapist with the DBT Center of Greater Philadelphia (specializing in schema therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, couples/family therapy and family consultation) and Scott Johnston, M.Ed., an outpatient therapist at Merakey (where he provides dialectical behavior therapy, as well as cognitive behavioral and exposure therapies).   Click here to register.

Our next Family-to-Family Education Program will begin on Wednesday, April 24, and will meet weekly for 8 weeks from 6-8:30 p.m. at the DCIU in Morton. This will be a hybrid course that will meet virtually and in-person simultaneously. 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. For more information, please contact Lisa at LISA@namimainlinepa.org.

Our Peer-to-Peer Education Program, a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery, will begin on May 2, and will meet weekly from 1-3:30 p.m. in person in Broomall. Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions and informative videos. This course is a safe, confidential space, that provides an opportunity for mutual support and growth. Experience compassion and understanding from people who relate to your experiences. You will be able to learn more about recovery in an accepting environment. For more information, please contact Lisa at LISA@namimainlinepa.org.

Support our Spring 2024 Sowing the Seeds Campaign

In celebration of the 45 years of mental health services provided by NAMI Main Line PA, we are launching our spring 2024 Sowing the Seeds: Growing a Thriving Mental Health Community campaign to help raise funds to continue the free support and education programs provided by NAMI Main Line to our community. NAMI Main Line will continue to offer NAMI signature programs (e.g. Family-to-Family), support groups, workshops and forums, community outreach, and other services along the Main Line. In addition, this year NAMI Main Line will be expanding these services to all of Delaware County.  Our campaign will conclude with a celebration to be held on April 20, 2024 at the Haverford Community Recreation & Environmental Center.

We invite you to support our Sowing the Seeds campaign to promote mental health education, reduce stigma, inspire those living with mental illness to feel less alone, and to continue the important free programs offered by NAMI Main Line. Please help us to grow a thriving mental health community by:

Other Upcoming Events

NAMI Chester County is hosting Chester County Adult Community-Based Mental Health Services Workshop that will take place virtually on Saturday, April 13, from 9am-1pm. We’ll learn about how Chester County’s community mental health system works and how you can get help for yourself or someone you care about. This free workshop will cover blended case management, supportive living and supportive employment services. It is for community members who have questions like: What is a case manager? Do I have public or private insurance? What is a clubhouse, and can it help me find a job? Is there housing for people with mental health conditions? We’ll hear from people who work for the county, people who help in the community, and people who have used these services before. Registration information can be found here: https://bit.ly/3VwpAzU.

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