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, 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.

NAMI Main Line PA and NAMI Philadelphia will be co-sponsoring NAMI Family-to-Family (F2F) Education Program beginning on Tuesday, January 25, and meeting once a week from 6-8:30 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. To register, please go to https://namiphilly.org/education-and-programs.html. For more information about the eight weekly topics, please go to https://namimainlinepa.org/support/family-to-family-education-basics-programs/.

NAMI Main Line Upcoming Virtual Support Groups

Our Wellness Chat for Family-to-Family Graduates will meet on Thursday, January 13, on Zoom. Judy Green, Family-to-Family (F2F) facilitator, and Nancy Helfman, former F2F participant, invite F2F “graduates” of the program to join their on-going Zoom wellness chats. Please contact Judy at F2FMainLine@aol.com for the meeting 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.

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.

NAMI Basics Program Offered Virtually

NAMI of Erie County PA is offering NAMI Basics, a free, six-week educational program for parents or loved ones of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of mental illness or are already diagnosed. This program educates families about mental illness and available resources for their child. Trained instructors inform parents about effective treatments, such as therapies and medications, to help their loved one. There will be a virtual option to attend that begins on Tuesday, January 11, and meets once a week from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please contact NAMI of Erie County for more information or if you are interested in enrolling at (814) 456-1773, or you can register online here.

A Journey Through the Psychedelic Revival: A Six-Part Virtual Learning Series

Long regarded as drugs of abuse, psychedelics have taken new shape as groundbreaking medicine with the potential to disrupt and transform our mental health care system. Featuring experts and leaders in the field, this six-part virtual series explores the dramatic growth in the use of psychedelics in research and practice for PTSD, depression, end-of-life care, and more, and offers an opportunity to learn, connect, and deepen understanding. Join Penn Nursing for any or all of the events in the series. All events are virtual and run 6:30pm – 8pm.

  • Wednesday, January 19: An Introduction to Psychedelics
  • Wednesday, February 2: What Happens in Psychedelic Therapy?
  • Tuesday, February 15: Psychedelic Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Wednesday, March 2: The Current Landscape of Psychedelic Medicine
  • Wednesday, March 16: The Future of Psychedelic Medicine
  • Wednesday, March 30: Access to Psychedelic Medicine

For more information and to register, visit: www.nursing.upenn.edu/psychedelic.

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