Main Line NAMI Workshop: Suggestions for Improving Communication with Your Loved One will be on Sunday, April 30, from 2-4 p.m. This workshop can help you to improve your communication with a loved one or friend who may be dealing with the various challenges of a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression, mania, distress, delusions, hallucinations, or other symptoms. The workshop will include several presentations, followed by opportunities to work in small groups to practice skills that can contribute to better communication, as well as opportunities to share your experiences and plan for improvement. The workshop will be facilitated by Ingrid Waldron (affiliate President) with the assistance of Judy Green, Nora Hunt-Johnson, Ed Kane, Edie Mannion, and Danielle Sulpizio. To register, please go to https://tinyurl.com/NAMICommunicationWorkshop.
NAMI Main Line Support Groups Meeting Next Week
Our Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. The next meeting will be on April 3. If you have a family member or loved one with mental illness and are interested in this support group, please contact Diane at email@example.com for more information.
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 the1st 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.
For more information about our other support groups, please go to https://namimainlinepa.org/
Annual Pennsylvania Mental Health and Wellness Conference
NAMI Keystone PA’s 2023 Pennsylvania Mental Health and Wellness Conference will take place on May 22-23 in Harrisburg at the Best Western Premier: The Central Hotel and Conference Center. The annual conference is an opportunity for peers, caregivers, advocates, and mental health professionals to experience a one-of-a-kind event that will provide a platform to learn, share, and network. The conference will feature keynote presentations, three sets of workshops, resource tables, and networking. Continuing Education Credits will be offered. Registration will be opening soon.
Other Events and Resources
CMC: Foundation for Change is hosting Family Mondays on the first Monday of every month. Family Mondays are 1-hour learning and support sessions open to anyone who loves someone struggling with substance use. Led by Dr. Nicole Kosanke – one of the authors of Beyond Addiction – each session covers a new topic related to helping your loved one (and yourself) from a place of compassion. Dr. Kosanke’s approach is based in psychological research and a principle of kindness, in line with all of the work at CMC:Foundation for Change and the Invitation to Change Approach. All are welcome to attend. The April 3 session for parents and families is called, “What it means to ‘help with understanding’.” The April 10 session for spouses and partners is called, “Special considerations for partners in helping with understanding.” For more information and to register, click here.
The Training and Education Center at Mental Health Partnerships will offer “Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster”, a 10-Week Skill Building Workshop for families and friends of people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression or Severe Emotional Dysregulation, on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning on April 11. When someone we love has a condition that affects their mood and ability to control their emotions and impulses, life can feel like an “emotional roller coaster” with ups, downs, twists and turns that can be overwhelming, draining and sometimes scary. This workshop will help participants learn to respond, not just react, so you can get yourself and your life back under better control. You will learn key information about these 3 conditions, as well the key skills required to thrive while managing against emotional chaos. Classes are co-facilitated by a live, online team consisting of a therapist, a peer specialist, and a family peer specialist via ZOOM. in order to participate in this course, you or your loved one must reside in Philadelphia. For more information contact 267-457-8448 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and to register, click here.