Resources for Children and Teens with a Mental Illness

Main Line NAMI Events and News

Main Line NAMI Forum, “How to Address Substance Use Issues with a Mentally Ill Loved One,” will take place on Sunday, September 23, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church.  The forum will be presented by Michael Ascher, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Sarah Espenshade, LCSW, CAADC, founder of Espenshade Counseling and co-founder of the Recovery Collaborative.

Main Line NAMI on the Move: Stepping Out for Mental Health Awareness will be on Saturday, October 13 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore.  Registration and a mental health resources fair will begin at 8:30 a.m., the program will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.  Please click here for more information and to register.

Main Line NAMI Workshop, “When and How to Set Limits When a Loved One Has a Mental Disorder” will take place on Sunday, October 21, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church.  This workshop will include advice on when and how to set limits and provide opportunities to practice these skills. Presenter Edie Mannion, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), is the co-founder and manager of the Training and Education Center at Mental Health Partnerships, a private therapist and consultant specializing in serious mental health disorders, and a family member with lived experience.

Feature of the Week: Resources for Children and Teens with a Mental Illness 
Mental illness in children and adolescents can have different symptoms and require different treatment than mental illness in adults, so it is advisable to seek out professionals who have expertise with children or adolescents. Multiple aspects of mental illness in children and teenagers and treatment are discussed in video format here:
http://www.namiswpa.org/content/index.php. Additional information compiled by NAMI PA, Main Line on mental illness in children and adolescents, diagnosis, treatment, and family and school issues is available in our Support section on the Services for Children and Teens page.

Upcoming Events  

NAMI Montgomery County will be offering WRAP training sessions for family and friends of those with mental health challenges. WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) is a powerful tool in helping people manage their lives and take personal responsibility for their recovery. The training will be offered September 15 and 16 from 9- 4 p.m. at the NAMI Office, 100 West Main Street, Suite 204, Lansdale, PA 19446. Sessions are free and open to the public but you must register before September 8 by calling 215-361-7784.
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