September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Our new NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will meet weekly on Tuesday evenings beginning on September 18. This is a free, peer support group for adults living with mental illness, run and led by NAMI-trained facilitators. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others in a confidential setting. By sharing your experiences, you can gain hope and you can develop relationships with a group dedicated to productive discussion. The group encourages empathy and fosters a sense of community. To sign upand for more information, including the location and time of our meetings, please contactHannah Cooper (215) 806-6178 or Danielle Sulpizio (484) 880-0660.

The Havertown NAMI Family Support Group is a free, confidential and safe group of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. In this support group, families join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. Family members can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health challenges.  The group will meet on Tuesday September 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Llanerch (211 Lansdowne Rd. in Havertown, PA 19083).  For more information, please contact Nora at

Our Parent Peer Support Group meets on Wednesday nights from 6:45-8:15 p.m. for parents with a middle or high school child who is challenged with mental health symptoms.  The peer support group is designed to be a safe, confidential place to share your experiences and learn from others. The group is facilitated by Nancy Dever and Debbie Gillespie and will be held at Wayne Presbyterian Church, Room 207, 125 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne. For questions or to RSVP, contact Nancy Dever at or call 610-574-3319.

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: September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month  

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.
If you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to be referred to the closest crisis center or call 911.  For local crisis lines in Southeastern PA see .
Please also visit our web page for resources on Coping with and Preparing for a Crisis at

Upcoming Events

The Chester County ACEs Coalition presents a free showing of the documentary Resilience on September 18 from 6.30 p.m. through 8.30 p.m.  Resilience delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. The showing will be held at The Garage Community & Youth Center, 115 S Union St, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Register here:

Aneri Pattani is a health reporter for the Philadelphia Media Network (Inquirer, Daily News, who is seeking students and families to gather information for an article she is writing. Specifically, she is looking for families with students who received treatment for a mental illness before college that stopped taking their medication when they get to campus – either because their parents aren’t around to remind them or they feel they don’t need it anymore. Also, how can universities support students by keeping them on treatments that work. Aneri Pattani can be reached at or 215-854-5608.

Mental Health Partnerships will be offering a 10 week skill building workshop called Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster. This will be held at two locations, Royersford beginning on Thursday, September 27, from 7-9 p.m., and Philadelphia beginning on Monday, September 24, from 7-9 p.m. This workshop is for families and friends of people with Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder or Major Depression (often Co-occurring with Substance Use Disorders). When someone we love has a disorder 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 you respond, not just react, so you can get yourself and your life back under better control. You will learn key information about these 3 disorders, as well the key skills of self-care, emotion regulation, emotional validation, limit setting and crisis management. There is a fee for this course and payment plans can be arranged. Fee waived if you or your family member live in Philadelphia. For more information or to register (space is limited), call MaryCatherine Lowery at 267-507-3865 or write to

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