Support Groups and Webinars This Week

The Havertown NAMI Family Support Group will meet via Zoom this Tuesday, August 17, at 7 p.m. This is a free, confidential and safe group of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. For more information, please contact Nora at nora@huntjohnson.org.

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 as this is how she will communicate how the group will connect each week.

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.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Mental Health America is offering a free webinar, “Agoraphobia and Germaphobia in COVID-19” today at 2:15 p.m. For many healthcare workers, the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken perceptions of relative safety versus danger in their field. The nature of this crisis increases risk for symptoms of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress among healthcare workers. A variety of problematic coping mechanisms are especially tempting now, including increased substance use, over-eating, and excessive spending through online shopping. Existing methods for managing anxiety about germs and other symptoms of psychological distress can offer guidelines about coping with COVID-19 related anxieties. For more information and to register, go to https://www.mhanational.org/events/agoraphobia-and-germaphobia-covid-19.

Join NAMI Bucks County for virtual forum, “Surviving the War Against Yourself,” on Monday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Through sharing his story of recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety, PTSD, and multiple suicide attempts, Thomas Dunning breaks down the stigma faced by the 1 in 5 individuals diagnosed with a mental health condition. Join us as we welcome Thomas, better known as the Mental Health Runner, live from England as he presents his journey of “Surviving the War Against Yourself”. For more information and the Zoom details, please go to https://namibuckspa.org/nami-virtual-forum-surviving-the-war-against-yourself/.

1847Financial will host two Special Needs Planning Workshops on Zoom in August. It is important to be aware of how special needs financial and estate planning is different than traditional financial and estate planning. The goal is to make sure attendees learn the importance of integrating all the necessary pieces into one cohesive plan, so the vision they have for their child’s life can become a reality, whether they are here or not. The first workshop will be on Wednesday, August 19, at 1 p.m. To register for this workshop, please go to https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkduihqjMiEtZvNb1y-T4ZJv3i7w4KAQ4I. The second workshop will be on Wednesday, August 26, at 1 p.m. To register for this workshop, please go to https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEld-irqz8jEt2_gyRX4gvM86UW42RiuIw4.

PA Parent and Family Alliance is offering a webinar, “An Introduction to Trauma for Parents and Caregivers,” on Thursday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. Parents and Caregivers can play an important role in helping children recover from traumatic events. This workshop is designed to provide parents and caregivers with introductory information about the impact of trauma and the power of relationships to help children heal. The more parents and caregivers understand how trauma affects children, the more they will understand the reasons for kids’ behaviors and emotions, and the more they will be able to help them cope. For more information and to register, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__HcR4JmVRV-FGIPHN-mpvQ.

Registration Open for MHA’s Annual Conference:
COVID-19, Mental Health, and the Need for Equity

MHA’s 2020 Annual Conference will take place this September 3-4, and is themed COVID-19, Mental Health, and the Need for Equity. This year, MHA’s conference will be offered completely virtual and free of charge.

The last few months have changed everything – and the world is looking at “a new normal.” MHA’s 2020 Annual Conference – now with a virtual component – will discuss it all. From increases in depression and anxiety rates, to adjusting workplaces and employee mental health, to addressing disproportionate inequities due to systemic barriers and historical adversity – MHA is talking about it. More information is available at https://www.mhanational.org/2020/annual-conference.

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