Upcoming NAMI PA, Main Line events include:
Family-to-Family (F2F), a course structured to help family members understand and support a relative diagnosed with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being, will begin on Tuesday, February 27, and will meet once a week for 12 weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood. The course is taught by trained volunteer family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one with a serious mental illness. F2F is offered as a community service without charge. For questions or to register, please contact Judy Green at 610-668-7917 or F2FMainLine@aol.com. Registration is Required.
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.
Just Talk About It will be Sunday, May 6, from 6-8:30pm and will feature Minding Your Mind and NAMI, PA Main Line. Minding Your Mind and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will encourage participants to “Just Talk About It” as they help us recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression and crisis. Designed for adolescents, teens and the adults who support them – we’ll learn to look beyond any stigma of mental health and notice warning signs in ourselves and our peers. Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming months.
Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group
Our support group for family members of people with mental illness meets on the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Bryn Mawr. For more information, please contact Diane at 610-247-4545.
Havertown NAMI Family Support Group
This is a free, confidential and safe group of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. In this support group, families join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. Family members can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health challenges. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Llanerch* (211 Lansdowne Rd. in Havertown, PA 19083). For more information, please contact Nora at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Parent Peer Support Group will be offered 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 email@example.com or call 610-574-3319.
*Although some of our events are held at religious institutions, they are non-denominational and open to people of all beliefs. For information on other local events, see our newsletter.