Thank you for making our walk a success!

Our NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meets weekly on Tuesday evenings.  This is a free, peer support group for adults living with mental illness run and led by NAMI-trained facilitators. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others in a confidential setting.  By sharing your experiences, you can gain hope and you can develop relationships with a group dedicated to productive discussion.  The group encourages empathy and fosters a sense of community.  To sign up and for more information including the location and time of our meetings, please contact Hannah Cooper (215) 806-6178 or Danielle Sulpizio (484) 880-0660.

Our Parent Peer Support Group meets on Wednesday nights from 6:45-8:15 p.m. for parents with a middle or high school child who is challenged with mental health symptoms.  The peer support group is designed to be a safe, confidential place to share your experiences and learn from others. The group is facilitated by Nancy Dever and Debbie Gillespie and will be held at Wayne Presbyterian Church, Room 207, 125 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne. For questions or to RSVP, contact Nancy Dever at nancydever@comcast.net or call 610-574-3319.

Feature of the Week: Thank You for Making our Walk a Success!

Thank you so much for supporting Main Line NAMI on the Move – Stepping Out for Mental Health Awareness on October 13th. The event was a great success, raising more than $46,000, twice as much as in 2017! These funds directly support and strengthen our local education programs, services, and advocacy efforts, all of which are provided at no charge. We will be accepting online donations through October 31st.  If you would like to make a contribution, please click here.

We are very grateful to our wonderful, hard-working walk organizing committee, all of the organizations and individuals who sponsored the event, everyone who made a charitable or in-kind donation, all the people who turned out to walk, to volunteer, or to speak, and to our mental health resources providers.  We are especially grateful to Independence Blue Cross, our presenting sponsor, a company that for 80 years has been serving communities throughout the region and making sure that people get the quality care they need and deserve to support their physical, emotional and mental well-being.

Dr. Mike Cirigliano, medical correspondent for the Fox 29 News program “Good Day Philadelphia,” was the enthusiastic MC for our event program. Nancy Dever, facilitator of a parent support group and NAMI Board member, offered words of wisdom from the perspective of a family on the journey of recovery, which is “neither straight nor predictable.” She was followed by Jordan Burnham, who shared his powerful story of surviving a suicide attempt during his senior year in high school. Jordan is now a nationally-recognized mental health advocate who has addressed a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill and was chosen as one of the “Best of Philly” for his work in public speaking and advocacy.

The St. Joe’s Prep band led by director Matt Schwartz struck up the “Rocky” anthem to lead the walkers onto the streets of Ardmore. Volunteers from the Marple Newtown High School National Honor Society cheered us on. Returning to St. Mary’s Church hall people continued to check out the Mental Health Resources providers, enjoy refreshments, and take their chances on the raffle prizes, all of which were donated by local businesses.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our walk such a success!

Upcoming Events 

NAMI’s Ask the Expert Webinar: Caregiving for Adults with Mental Illness  will be on Thursday, November 8, from 4-5:30 p.m. NAMI members have the opportunity to register in advance for this webinar. The program is an overview of the challenges faced by more than 8 million Americans who care for adult relatives with mental health conditions. Families struggle to help relatives while navigating health care systems, mental health providers and community supports. Presenters will discuss barriers families encounter, review a guidebook for mental health caregivers and recommend public policy changes. Registration space is limited and expected to fill quickly! To register, go to https://adobe.ly/2ytV8LJ. See full event details at https://adobe.ly/2PsN085.

Mental Health Partnerships will have their Morning Family & Friends Educational Support Group (for families and friends of adults with any mental health or substance use condition), beginning with a discussion about What Are Healthy Boundaries? on Thursday, November 15, from 10 a.m.- noon at 1211 Chestnut Street, 11th Floor, Center City. No fee. Registration is preferred, but not required. Contact tecinfo@mhasp.org or 267-507-3863.

Mental Health Partnerships will have their Adult Daughters, Sons and Siblings Educational Support Group (for adults who have/had a parent or sibling with a mental health disorder), beginning with a discussion about When Mood Disorders Have Psychotic Features on Tuesday, November 20, from 7-9 p.m. at Belmont Behavioral Hospital. No fee. Registration is preferred, but not required. Contact tecinfo@mhphope.org or 267-507-3863.

The Pennsylvania Mental Health and Wellness Conference “Stronger Together” will be held May 20- 21, 2019 in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. The event is organized by NAMI Keystone, the Mental Health Association of Pennsylvania and PA Mental Health Consumer Association and it aims to unite peers, family members, advocates and professionals for a one-of-a-kind statewide mental health event. For more information, go to: https://bit.ly/2DSXUPy.  Workshop proposals are being accepted until November 30th, for more information, please go to https://www.namikeystonepa.org/education/conferences/2019-pennsylvania-mental-health-and-wellness-conference/.

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