Support Groups Meeting Next Week

Our Havertown NAMI Family Support Group will meet on Tuesday, February 16, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. 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.

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 Main Line Upcoming Virtual Events

NAMI Main Line Workshop: How Problem-Solving Skills Really Can Solve Problems will be on Sunday, April 25, from 2-4 p.m. This workshop will offer guidance in problem-solving skills that can be particularly important for families that include a loved one with mental illness. It will also provide opportunities to practice these skills. Our workshop leader, Edie Mannion, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), is the co-founder/director of the Training and Education Center at Mental Health Partnerships, a private therapist and consultant specializing specializing in adults with mental health disorders and their families. This workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Click here to register today.

Other Upcoming Virtual Events

NAMI Montgomery County PA will be offering Family-to-Family courses this winter. Family-to-Family (F2F) is an 8-week 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. Click on the links below to register.  
Thursdays 9:00am-11:00am, starting Feb. 25th:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/137852090313

NAMI Bucks County’s webinar, “Services Instead of the Slammer: Exploring Diversion for Offenders with Mental Illness” will be on Thursday, February 25, at 7 p.m. Forensic psychiatrists practicing in the three different states will present on the topic of diversion of individuals with mental illness from jails and prisons. The lecture will include background information regarding the origins of diversion programs, current needs and limitations, and research about the success of these programs. They will also discuss their experiences working with diversion programs and highlight characteristics of successful diversion programs. For more information and to register, please go to https://namibuckspa.org/nami-virtual-forum-services-instead-of-the-slammer/.

Pennsylvania Care Partnership is offering Black Mental Health Matters, 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 2 on February 25, from 2:30-4 p.m., which is designed to be informative for those who face mental health challenges and the families and communities that support them.

COVID-19 Impact Surveys

In response to a discussion during the most recent Mental Health Planning Council (MHPC) meeting which identified the need for real-time information regarding the impact COVID-19 has had on behavioral health services and persons-in-recovery in Pennsylvania, a group of MHPC participants and the PA Advocates for Whole Health and Wellness developed the attached surveys. We are interested in understanding the needs of mental and behavioral health and substance use providers, individuals in recovery, and families in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Either survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. If you would like more information about these surveys, or if you are interested in providing a testimonial of your experiences, please contact pmhca@pmhca.org

Please keep in mind that all survey collectors will be closed on February 12, 2021 at the close of business. The completed report will be distributed at the Mental Health Planning Council meeting on February 23, 2021 and will be available for wider distribution after that date.

Person-In-Recovery/Peer/Family Member/ Support Person Survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3JDGFWV
Provider/County Agency Survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3QTCP3L

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