Support Groups, Virtual Events, and National Suicide Prevention Month
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.
Our Wellness Chat for Family-to-Family Graduates will be on Monday, September 21, from 7-9 p.m. on Zoom. Judy Green, Family-to-Family (F2F) facilitator, and Nancy Helfman, former F2F participant, invite F2F “graduates” of the program to join our on-going Zoom wellness chats. Please contact Judy at F2FMainLine@aol.com for the meeting information.
For more complete information about support groups, please check our Support Groups page.
Upcoming Virtual Events
Join Montgomery County Hearing Voices Network for the 14th anniversary celebration of Hearing Voices Day on Monday, September 14, from 6-8 p.m. This will be a celebration that highlights the demand for civil rights for people who hear voices or experience alternative perceptions. Listening Hearts invites voice hearers and/or people who experience alterative perceptions to creatively express their experiences. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87694444724, Meeting ID: 876 9444 4724. For questions contact Jason Matlack at Jason.matlack@RHD.org 267-294-7313.
Achieva Family Trust will present a webinar on Housing Options for Individuals with Disabilities with speakers, Michelle Stockunas, Achieva Vice President, Home and Community Supports; Sandra Nesbit, Housing Navigator, Action Housing; and Aleta Barnett, Adult Advocate, NAMI Keystone PA, on Tuesday, September 15, from 10 a.m. – noon. For more information and to register, please go to https://achieva.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9Vdc2qvMT6-FwJHtGWsQPA.
Join NAMI Montgomery County PA and Tribe Positive Psychology for webinar, More Joy Less Stress, on Tuesday, September 15 at noon on Zoom. This will be an interactive webinar on tools and techniques to add more joy and less stress into your everyday life. Learn ways to manage stress and cope with negative emotions while learning ways to build positive emotions and resilience. To register, please go to click here.
Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia is hosting a Mental and Emotional Self-Care Workshop on Wednesday, September 16, from noon-1 p.m. In this workshop, you will learn the 10 daily habits to increase energy and build resiliency. For more information and to register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-emotional-self-care-workshop-tickets-116777724317.
Mental Health America will host a webinar, Understanding the Role of Resilience in Gender and Sexual Minority Communities, on Thursday, September 17, at 2:15 p.m. While it is well documented that Gender and Sexual Minority individuals have faced lifelong stigma, discrimination, and other experiences that may lead to adverse psycho-social outcomes, an emerging program of research suggests resilience can be a buffer against the impact of these stressors. This webinar will highlight how public health approaches to health and well-being have historically been rooted in a deficits based model and the recent shift in focus to examine strengths-based perspectives in GSM communities, especially in older HIV+ gay men. For more information and to register, please go to https://mhanational.org/events/understanding-role-resilience-gender-and-sexual-minority-communities.
NAMI Bucks County will host a virtual forum, Parent & Caregiver Back-to-School Burnout, on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Across the country caregivers brace themselves for a school year brimming with uncertainty. How do we manage caregiver fatigue? What are some strategies that partners and co-caregivers can use to make it work at home? How do we help our children stay on course, while protecting them from stress and burnout? Join James Mast, LPC, as these questions and more are explored in a seminar focused on supporting caregivers of children returning to school in the midst of a pandemic. Join Zoom Meeting: https://bit.ly/NAMIVirtual, or dial-in by Phone: 1-646-558-8656. Use meeting ID: 912 202 4943 and meeting password: 202901.
September is Suicide Prevention 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.
Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most vulnerable. Suicidal thoughts and suicide occur too frequently but should not be considered common and can indicate more serious issues.
Suicide Prevention Resources:
- 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 Spanish speakers, call 888-628-9454.
- or call your local crisis line; in Southeastern PA see https://namimainlinepa.org/crisis-numbers/. These crisis lines provide access to staff who are specifically trained for dealing with mental health crises and may provide better help and reduced risk of arrest. Someone is available 24/7 to assess the situation, arrange for an in-person evaluation, and/or make referrals as needed.
- NAMI Main Line has compiled resources for Coping with and Preparing for a Crisis at https://namimainlinepa.org/resources-for-coping-with-preparing-for-and-preventing-a-crisis/.
- Warm Lines offered by counties provide one-on-one support (in Southeastern PA, see https://namimainlinepa.org/services-in-sepa-2/intro-to-services/help-lines-and-warm-lines/ ).
- NAMI National has helpful information about the risk of suicide and preventing suicide.
- Additional advice is available at https://namimainlinepa.org/suicide-prevention-coping-with-the-aftermath/
- Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein has created a video on Suicide Prevention at https://tinyurl.com/yanemdyo.