Our next Main Line NAMI Workshop, “Living with Mental Health Challenges: Maintaining a Positive Approach Even When Times Are Hard,” will be on Sunday, October 2, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. Our panelists will describe the challenges they have experienced while dealing with chronic mental illness personally or in their families. They will also discuss what has helped them to maintain a positive approach during difficult times. Our panelists will respond to your questions and comments. During the second half of this workshop, each attendee will participate in a small group discussion. Each person will be invited to describe their successes and challenges in maintaining a positive approach and consider how they can overcome their challenges. Register for this event at https://tinyurl.com/Oct2NAMIWorkshop.

We are one month away from NAMIWalks Your Way Main Line PA!  Please plan to join us on Sunday, October 16, from 9:30-11 a.m.  Funds raised stay right here in our community and directly benefit those impacted by mental illness through NAMI’s free top-rated programs, widespread and meaningful awareness and advocacy, and commitment to keeping our community on a trajectory toward change.  Register at www.NAMIWalks.org/mainlinepa.

Our next Main Line NAMI Forum, “Improving Mental Health Crisis Services: Changes & Challenges in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery Counties,” will be on Sunday, November 13, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. In preparation for the recently launched 988 Suicide & Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, counties in southeastern PA have been working hard to improve mental health crisis services and resources. In this webinar, a panel of officials from Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties will present the changes they have been making and any successes so far. They will also discuss the challenges they are facing, along with suggestions for anyone who wants to advocate with their local legislators to help improve mental health crisis services in the counties that affect them or their loved ones. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions of each official, as well as sharing of ideas across counties. Register for this event at https://tinyurl.com/CrisisServicesForum.

Remembering and Honoring Our Friend Maki

We are sad to share with you that a dear member and facilitator of the Havertown NAMI Family Support Group, Maki San Miguel Paulson, died of cancer on September 9.  Please see the link below to the Stretch Funeral Home site where you can find Maki’s obituary and more information.

Maki was a beautiful light in this world and she will be deeply missed.

Margarita “Maki” San Miguel Paulson Obituary – Visitation & Funeral Information (stretchfuneralhome.com)

New Resource – How to Find Helpful Mental Health Apps

Using apps on your phone can be helpful in managing your mental health. For example, there are apps that promote mindfulness and offer guided meditation. There are apps that can help you to track your moods and thoughts, your sleep patterns, and/or your medications. However, with over 10,000 mental health apps in existence, it can sometimes be a challenge to find the right app.

We posted a new article on our website that provides some resources to assist you in your search for the mental health app that best suits your needs.  Check it out at: https://namimainlinepa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Mental-Health-Apps.pdf.

Please note, if you have a mental illness, mental health apps are not a substitute for mental health services from a medical provider or mental health professional.

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