Our next Post-F2F Wellness Chat for graduates of the Family-to-Family program will take place on Monday, April 5, at 7 p.m. Please contact Judy at F2FMainLine@aol.com for the meeting information. 

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.

NAMI Main Line Virtual Event in April

This workshop will offer guidance in problem-solving skills as well as 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 the 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

The Montgomery County Hearing Voices Network (PA) will have a discussion and dialogue with a local, national and international panel of people who will share their perspectives about the values and impact of the Hearing Voices Network approach on Tuesday, March 30, at 3:30 p.m. Panelists will discuss their personal experience with the Hearing Voices Network and answer questions from participants. For more information about MCHVN, go to www.mchvn.org. To register, click here.

NAMI Keystone PA is hosting a virtual NAMI Homefront course beginning on Thursday, April 15. The online class will meet weekly for six weeks from 6-8:30 PM. NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers, and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions. Based on the nationally-recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers, and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions. Registration is required. For more information, please go to https://www.namikeystonepa.org/education/programs/.

Representatives from Pennsylvania APPRISE, Senior Medicare Patrol, and PA Health Law Project are hosting a series of Medicare Public Meetings throughout March and April 2021. Topics will include:

  • Programs that help with Medicare costs
  • Medicare coverage of COVID-19 vaccine & treatment
  • Fraud prevention

There will be time to address questions during the meeting. This event is open to people on Medicare who live in Pennsylvania and their caregivers. You will be able to join from your computer or call in from your phone. Space is limited, but there are four opportunities to participate.
March 29, 2-3 PMJoin here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89783448093Call in: 1-301-715-8592Meeting ID: 897 8344 8093
April 7, 10-11 AMJoin here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84246678595Call in: 1-646-876-9923Meeting ID: 842 4667 8595
April 12, 2-3 PMJoin here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84207300972Call in: 1-301-715-8592Meeting ID: 842 0730 0972
April 16, 11AM-12PMJoin here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83632758126Call in: 1-301-715-8592Meeting ID: 836 3275 8126
If you have any questions about this event, please contact APPRISE at 1-800-783-7067 or Katy McKee at kmckee@phlp.org.

Powerful Documentary on PBS about theStruggles Parents/Family Face When A Loved One Has a Mental Illness

On his website, Pete Earley shares a description of an award-winning documentary about an adult son with mental illness and the bureaucratic hurdles the family faces trying to navigate a non-responsive mental health systerm. To read Pete Earley’s complete post, click here.

In the documentary, That Way Madness Lies, filmmaker Sandra Luckow turns her camera on her own family as they attempt to navigate the mental health system in an effort to save their brother, whose iPhone video diary ultimately becomes an unfiltered look at the mind of a man with untreated schizophrenia as well as an example of how the system failed. For more information, please go to https://www.pbs.org/show/way-madness-lies/.

PBS and a division that offers stations programs to customize their schedules has agreed to make this film available in April – but only if each station gets phone calls and emails requesting them to show it. Otherwise, Sandra must hire a promoter to contact each station to push for showing it which is a huge cost for a labor of advocacy. Pete Earley urges you to contact your local station and request a showing.

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