As we approach the end of 2021, we are reminded of our mission:
NAMI Main Line PA provides support and information to people coping with mental illness and their families in the Main Line and surrounding areas. In addition, we act as a voice in the community to raise awareness of mental health challenges, and we advocate for needed resources and policies.
How have we delivered on this aspiration this year?
Through our support groups –
“Finding a group of other parents who are living through the struggle of
raising and loving a person with profound mental health challenges is a lifesaver. 
We give each other permission to feel our emotions, whether in grief for
what our kids are missing or in celebrating tiny steps forward that parents of
neurotypical kids could never appreciate. Mostly, we listen to one another and
form a place to be acknowledged for our reality.”
Through our workshops and community events –
“Thank you for a very well organized and relevant workshop.”
“It allowed me to ‘connect with’ and ‘meet in person’ with NAMI Volunteers, that I have been involved with virtually during the Covid pandemic. It also allowed me to learn about other incredible services that our local organization provides and to meet other NAMI volunteers from these other programs.”
Through our educational outreach –
“Our students are so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to hear you all talk,
and they are going to be better doctors and people for it.”
 “This was a highly valuable session to include in this block. It was enlightening, difficult, and inspiring to hear the stories of the journeys of each of these women and their loved ones. I hope that this remains a part of the block in future years”
“Powerful session with interesting perspectives on mental health, especially from family members”
Please consider helping us get ready for another year of providing free, life-affirming mental health services to our community by making a tax-deductible contribution to our end-of-year appeal. You can be a part of bringing support, understanding and hope to those whose lives are affected by serious mental illness every day.  Donate Today!

NAMI Main Line Upcoming Virtual Support Groups

Our Havertown NAMI Family Support Group for family members who have a loved one living with mental health challenges will meet on Tuesday, December 21, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. 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.

Seeking Volunteers to Advocate for Better Crisis Services

Crisis services for individuals with mental health issues and their family members have been in need of reform for many years. Under the current system, law enforcement officers are most often the first responders to mental health crises or suicide attempts. This has often resulted in a failure to provide needed mental health services to individuals in crisis and unnecessary harm (including, in some cases, arrest and physical harm). In response to these problems, the federal government has approved 988 as the new number to call during a mental health crisis, instead of 911; 988 will be available to the community as of July 2022.
NAMI Main Line PA is looking for individuals with mental health conditions and family members who have had experience dealing with crisis services in the Philadelphia area to visit their federal or state legislators to promote the rollout of 988 and the need for funds to improve crisis services. Individuals with mental illness who offer to present their personal stories will be compensated. Family members and other supporters will participate on a volunteer basis. NAMI Main Line PA will assist participants in coordinating the meetings with their federal and state legislators beginning in early 2022. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.

Resources

Delaware County Emergency Rental Assistance (DELCO ERA) helps renters who suffered disruption and loss of income during or due to the COVID-19 pandemic with rent and utility assistance. The U.S. Treasury and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have just provided Delaware County with additional funding, which will help DELCO ERA continue to serve the COVID recovery needs of tenants and landlords in Delaware County. For more information, please go to https://delco-era.com/.
Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. will be scheduling appointments for free tax preparation beginning in early January. For more information and to schedule an appointment with an IRS certified tax preparer, please call 610-833-4443.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that provides financial heating assistance to qualified households in the form of grants. The assistance is available to help customers that are at/below 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines and demonstrate a heating burden.  The LIHEAP program provides cash and crisis assistance by a direct payment to your account with a vendor, such as a utility company like PECO. For more information about LIHEAP, eligibility and how to apply, please see click here.
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