Resources to Help Families Cope with Mental Illness on 2/4

Resources to Help Families Cope with Mental Illness
NAMI Main Line PA will present a brief course about our services and other resources to help individuals living with mental illness and their families and friends though Haverford Township Adult School on Thursday, February 4, from 7-8 p.m. We will discuss support and education programs and information about mental illness treatments and services (https://namimainlinepa.org/). We will do our best to answer any questions you may have. The class will be co-taught by Ingrid Waldron and Kristine Songster, who have been the President and Affiliate Coordinator of NAMI Main Line PA for many years. Advance registration will be required through Haverford Township Adult School. Click here for more information.

NAMI Main Line Upcoming Virtual Support Groups

Our Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group for family members of people with mental illness meets on Monday, February 1, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. For more information, please contact Diane at dmkotrl@gmail.com.

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.

Other Upcoming Virtual Events

Join participants from across the country for NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s annual Child, Adolescent, and Transition Age Youth Mental Health Conference, Closing the Gap: Prioritizing the Needs of Traumatized Youth. The conference is taking place virtually on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Register here.

NAMI Montgomery County will begin NAMI Teen Chat on Sunday, February 7 at 5:30 p.m. This is a group designed for any high school student in Montgomery County who is living with mental health challenges or those who need support handling their hard days. This group provides a safe space to talk with other teens and share your experiences, while getting support, resources, and maybe make a new friend. Groups are led by NAMI trained facilitators. They’re also free and confidential. For more information and to register, click here.

Pennsylvania Care Partnership is offering A two-part webinar series in honor of National Black History Month in February. Black Mental Health Matters is a two-part webinar facilitated by Dr. Eunice Peterson, a board-certified Adult, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. The webinar is an interactive presentation with a Q&A session designed to provide participants with an understanding of how racism impacts mental health. These webinars are free and require advance registration. Click here to register and for more information about Part 1 which will provide insights specific to healthcare providers and the staff that support them on February 11, from 2:30-4 p.m. Click here to register and for more information about Part 2 which is designed to be informative for those who face mental health challenges and the families and communities that support them. on February 25, from 2:30-4 p.m.

Research Study Participatns Needed

Participants Needed for a Research Study on How People with Exceptionalities Are Being Prepared for Police Encounters
While the inclusion movement has evolved to provide increased awareness of diverse community members and their value, as well as their needs, many community agencies—including some local and state law enforcement—have yet to be adequately trained to respond to encounters and crisis situations with diverse community members in a safe and effective manner. Furthermore, people with conditions or exceptionalities, such as emotional and behavioral disorders/mental health concerns, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and/or intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are often unprepared to navigate encounters with first responders, especially when they are in a crisis situation.

To understand current practices and how teachers, related service providers, and family members of people with exceptionalities are preparing them for encounters with first responders, investigators have designed a survey. You may be eligible for this study if you are (a) a professional working in special education and/or related services, and/or (b) a family member of a person with exceptionalities. 

For more information and to participate in this study, go to: https://tamuc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cLShCAQ974utGaF.

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