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Resources for Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic *Updated

We have compiled resources to help you maintain your health and well-being during this time of uncertainty as we cope with the coronavirus emergency. Sections include:

Mental Health Month Membership Drive

NAMI Main Line PA offers life-changing free education and support for people who have mental illness and those who support them.  In honor of Mental Health month, we invite you to join NAMI Main Line PA or renew your membership. Your renewal will add 12 months to your current membership. Together we can offer help and hope for a better future to the many people in our local community who are living with mental illness and their families. 

Join Us for Twice Weekly Wellness Chats

NAMI Main Line is offering Wellness Chats – a place for anyone – to come together virtually to share how you are handling your wellness and challenges. Wellness chats will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-6 p.m., as long as social distancing is required in the greater Philadelphia area. To improve security, we have changed the Zoom link; to get the new Zoom link, please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdeuvrj0sE9OGjCW6-Yc1bmhBVVshBjjy. We will keep your registration strictly confidential.

Upcoming Virtual Support Groups

Our Parent Peer Support Group for parents with a middle school through young adult child will meet weekly via Zoom through the end of the school year. 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 will be meeting remotely. Please contact Danielle Sulpizio at (484) 880-0660 or Ed Kane at (484) 744-0860 for more information.

For the most up-to-date meeting information, please check our Support Groups page.

Upcoming Useful Webinars

There will be a virtual film screening of Beneath the Vest: First Responder Mental Health on Monday, May 11, at 8:30 AM and 8:30 p.m. The virtual film screening will be on YouTube and the talk-back discussion will be on Zoom. Beneath the Vest is a series of short films by OC87 Recovery Diaries featuring 8 stirring stories of real first responders who have struggled with mental health challenges and came out on the other side. These brave men and women demonstrate that seeking help is a strength, not a weakness, and that hope and recovery are possible. OC87 Recovery Diaries, together with Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital and a coordinated effort between NAMI Bucks County, NAMI Montgomery County PA, and NAMI Philadelphia, will be screening all of the Beneath the Vest films on NAMI Bucks County’s YouTube Live page, and with a Zoom talk-back after the screening. Click the links for the morning screening: https://youtu.be/Kjq4reVeayU and morning talk-back: bit.ly/NAMIVirtual or the evening screening: https://youtu.be/k68e7nCj7vg and evening talk-back: bit.ly/NAMIVirtual.

The Voices Learning Community will hold a webinar, “An Introduction to the Hearing Voices Experience” on Thursday, May 14, 6 p.m. Many people have the experience of hearing voices, or experience other sensory phenomena not shared by others. If this sounds like you, or you are trying to support someone who is struggling with these experiences, webinar is for you. You will speak with people with the hearing voices experience who live productive and fulfilling lives. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please contact Robin Campbell at robin.1.campbell@rhd.org or visit www.mchvn.org. Join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81646904585. Meeting ID: 816 4690 4585.

Research Study on the Mental Health Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is conducting a study to learn about how stressors related to the COVID-19 virus affect mental health over time. The seek participants who will complete questionnaires every two weeks about COVID-19, mental health symptoms and stress using the study website for up to 6 months. The goal of the the study is to help NIMH better understand the experiences of patients and volunteers during this difficult time. For more information, please go to https://nimhcovidstudy.ctss.nih.gov/.

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