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 F2FMainLine@aol.com.
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.
NAMI PA, Main Line is proud to highlight the thoughtful comments of three of our members in honor of Black History Month. Please visit https://namipamainline.org/ to read their comments and see their photos.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/