Family-to-Family (F2F), a course structured to help family members understand and support a relative diagnosed with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being, will be offered virtually on Tuesday evenings beginning in mid-September. 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. Please contact Judy Green at F2FMainLine@aol.com for more information and to register. Registration is required.
Please join us for our Main Line NAMI Forum: The Basics of Trauma and Trauma Recovery with Edie Mannion, LMFT on Sunday, September 26, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. This event is free, but advance registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/BasicsofTrauma. We will open the meeting early to admit participants so that we can begin promptly at 2 p.m. For more information, please contact us.
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.
For more complete information about support groups, please check our Support Groups page.
Walk With Us on October 9!
Other Upcoming Events
The Montgomery County System of Care Back to School Series: Protective Power of Parents to Keep Young People Safe and Build Them to be their Best Selves eill bo on Monday, September 13, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Zoom. Dr. Ken Ginsburg from CHOP will speak about the critical importance of parents in the lives of adolescents. It is the security of your love that allows young people to launch successfully into an uncertain future. It is your high expectations that hold them accountable, keeps them safe, and shapes them to become their best selves. The best way to protect your child is to prepare them to manage life’s complexities while establishing clear boundaries beyond which they cannot stray. Your modeling of self-care and healthy stress management strategies that teaches them to get through tough times. Listen to remind yourself how much you matter. If you have younger children, now is the time to invest in building wise, strong children who will thrive through adolescence and beyond. Preregistration is required at https://bit.ly/3yccKaN.
The Montgomery County System of Care Back to School Series: Positive Parenting Strategies for Less Worrying and More Connection will be on Wednesday, September 22, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Zoom. Join Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and founder/director of Brave is Better, for a discussion on positive parenting strategies that will lead toward more connection and less worry. Preregistration is required at https://bit.ly/3sPVgjt.
The Montgomery County System of Care Back to School Series: A Discussion to Support Family and Youth Wellness will be on Wednesday, September 29, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Zoom. Join Montgomery County in a panel discussion about ways family and youth wellness can be supported during this unique transition back to school. Panelists include representatives from Access Services, Family Worx, NAMI, and the Office of Behavioral Health. Preregistration is required at https://bit.ly/3jdG1xK.
America’s Mental Health Madness with Keynote Speaker Pete Early will be on Tuesday, October 5, from 6-7:00 p.m. at West Chester University’s Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall (700 South High Street in West Chester, PA 19383). As part of Mental Illness Awareness week, NAMI on Campus WCU, in partnership with the WCU Office of the President, Chester County Mental Health/ Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Program Office, and other university and community sponsors, including NAMI Main Line PA, is hosting “America’s Mental Health Madness”, with guest speaker Pete Earley, a nationally known journalist and author. Pete will use his personal experiences trying to help his adult son after a psychotic break to expose what works and doesn’t in our mental health care system. He will explain why jails and prisons have replaced our mental asylums, why this is wrong, and what eventually helped his son fully recover after being arrested, tasered by police, and years of hospitalizations. He will share an inspirational journey from despair to triumph. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-illness-awareness-pete-earley-tickets-154835931439.