African-American Voices in Mental Health

We encourage you to register for Family-to-Family, a program offered to the community without charge that provides education and support for family members of a person who has a serious mental illness. Family-to-Family at the Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood will begin on Tuesday, February 27, and will meet once a week for 12 consecutive weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. For questions or to register, contact Judy Green at 610-668-7917 or

Main Line NAMI Workshop, “Learning to Deal with Guilt, Grief and Anger, will be on Sunday, April 15, from  2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church (5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore, PA). Workshop topics will include recognizing family grief when a loved one becomes mentally ill; learning to accept and move through guilt, grief and anger; and learning to accept your loved one with all the changes that mental illness may bring. This workshop will include presentations by facilitators, Bruce Fay and Sarah Freudberg, discussion, and a group exercise to help participants deal with their guilt, grief and/or anger. Bruce Fay and Sarah Freudberg are facilitators of NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education Program and each has a loved one with mental illness. We will have a brief membership meeting before the workshop begins.

Feature of the Week: African-American Voices in our Mental Health Community 

NAMI PA, Main Line is proud to highlight the thoughtful comments of three of our members in honor of Black History Month. Please visit to read their comments and see their photos.

Upcoming Events

Mental Health Partnerships will hold an Adult Daughters, Sons and Siblings Educational Support Group for adults who have/had a parent or sibling with a mental health disorder on Tuesday, February 20, from 7-9 p.m. at Belmont Behavioral Hospital.  There will be a presentation on How Your Identity Has Been Affected, followed by a support group.  This group is free and open to the community.  For more information or to register, please call 267-507-3863 or email

Mental Health, Trauma, and the African-American Community: A Panel Discussion will take place on Wednesday, February 21, from 6-8 p.m. at Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library.  Join in a conversation about mental health issues in the African American community, including the impacts of traumatic experiences, disparities in access to mental health care, and stigma around mental illnesses.  The panel, moderated by Jaynay Johnson, Co-founder of the Black Brain Campaign, will include: mentor and activist Shawn Frogg Banks; marriage and family therapist and Black Brain Campaign Co-founder Farida Boyer; and Glen Ellis, writer and advocate for health equity and ethics in medicine. Advance registration for this free event is encouraged.  For more information, go to

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery.  The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/ Veteran. The class is free but you are expected to attend all six sessions.  Online classes begin the week of February 18. Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. Audio will be via telephone line, a headset is recommended.  For more information, go to
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