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Support Groups

We offer:  the NAMI Family-to-Family education program the Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group the Bryn Mawr NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group the Havertown NAMI Family Support Group the Parent Peer Support Group  the Wellness Chats for Family-to-Family Graduates All of our services and events are free-of-charge. For information about other support resources, please see: […]

Strategies for Helping Mentally Ill Loved Ones

Prepared by Ingrid Waldron, NAMI PA, Main Line 1.  Review of Problems Experienced by Family Members including a mentally ill person may be psychotic (out of touch with reality), have delusions (fixed beliefs that do not change in response to evidence to the contrary), and/or have anosognosia (the inability to perceive an illness) 2.  LEAP […]

Support Groups by County in Southeastern Pennsylvania

This page provides information about support groups for family members and for individuals living with mental illness in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. Although we make an effort to keep this information up-to-date, we strongly encourage you call or email the contact listed prior to attending a group to verify the date, time, and […]

Resource Guide

This Guide to Resources for People with Mental Illness and their Families provides descriptions of services and contact information for organizations in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. This Resource Guide also provides information about selected online resources.  Use the links in the  Table of Contents below to open the sections of interest to you. You can […]

Choosing the Right Mental Health Professional

Compiled by NAMI PA, Main Line, Finding a mental health professional can be challenging, especially locating one who meets your needs. It is important to set aside some time to plan out the process. It is important to understand that it is not enough simply to find a licensed therapist. During the planning process […]

Helping People with Mental Illness and Their Families

NAMI Main Line PA, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, provides information and support to people with mental illness, their families and friends. All of our services are free-of-charge. We offer: Support Educational events Family-to-Family, an education and support program for family members Information on mental illness, treatment and coping Guides to […]

Steps to Better Physical Health for People with Mental Illness (and for all of us) — Advice and Resources

Updated in May 2017 General Strategy Identify one or two specific behavioral changes that you want to make and can incorporate in your life for the long term. Continue these behaviors, and identify and adopt one or two additional specific behavioral changes. Adopt these behavioral changes for several weeks — > success! Choose goals that […]

Sponsorship Opportunities

NAMI PA, Main Line, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a grassroots organization with a mission to offer information and support to people with mental illness, their families and friends. We are pleased to announce that we will host our inaugural local awareness- and fund-raising 5K Walk/1K Fun Walk this spring, […]

Main Line NAMI on the Move – Donations

Estate Planning – More Than Just a Will

Speaker Meeting on Sunday, September 12, 2010 Planning for the Legal and Financial Future of a Loved One with Mental Illness Estate Planning – More than just a Will. Estate planning is usually thought of as making sure my assets will be divided or go to who I wish after I pass away. That is […]

Social Security Disability Income

Background Information. To be designated “disabled” with a physical or mental impairment, a person must meet certain criteria. For a mental impairment, the following questions are asked: What is the person’s medical diagnosis? What activities of daily living can the person not do? What is the level of the person’s social functioning? What is the […]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Presented by Kelly R. Chrestman, Ph.D., March 12, 2007 Definition of “trauma”. According to the American Psychiatric Association, trauma involves witnessing or experiencing “actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of oneself or others”. Many people who experience trauma react with horror, terror and helplessness. It is normal […]

Dual Diagnosis: What to Do

May 9, 2005 speaker meeting of NAMI PA, Main Line Loren Crabtree, MD, co-founder of Project Transition (Chestnut Hill and Warrington), spoke on “Dual Diagnosis: What to Do”.   He discussed recovery for individuals who have both serious and persistent mental illness and substance abuse problems (drugs and/or alcohol). The first section focused on useful approaches […]

Cognitive Therapy for the Treatment of Psychosis/Schizophrenia

See for general information about schizophrenia. March 14, 2010 Presentation by Dr. Neal Stolar, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, and Medical Director Project Transition, Audubon Program (PA) Cognitive therapy for psychosis involves training to identify automatic thoughts and examine them to see if they are supported by evidence. For example, a person learns […]

Bipolar Disorder

See for general information about bipolar disorder. March 2003, speaker meeting of NAMI Main Line PA Our speaker, Dr. Laszlo Gyulai, Director of the Bipolar Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania, provided a wealth of information on bipolar disorder. He began by describing some of the different forms of bipolar disorder. For example, […]