Fall Forum and Workshop

Main Line NAMI Forum, “How to Address Substance Use Issues with a Mentally Ill Loved One,” will take place on Sunday, September 23, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church.  The forum will be presented by Michael Ascher, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Sarah Espenshade, LCSW, CAADC, founder of Espenshade Counseling and co-founder of the Recovery Collaborative.

Main Line NAMI Workshop, “When and How to Set Limits When a Loved One Has a Mental Disorder” will take place on Sunday, October 21, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church.  This workshop will include advice on when and how to set limits and provide opportunities to practice these skills. Presenter Edie Mannion, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), is the co-founder and manager of the Training and Education Center at Mental Health Partnerships, a private therapist and consultant specializing in serious mental health disorders, and a family member with lived experience.

During the summer, our Parent Peer Support Group will meet every other Wednesday from  6:15-7:45 p.m. The last summer meeting will be on August 22. This group is 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 is held at Wayne Presbyterian Church, Room 207, 125 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne. For questions or to RSVP, contact Nancy Dever at nancydever@comcast.net or call 610-574-3319.

Main Line NAMI on the Move: Stepping Out for Mental Health Awareness will be on Saturday, October 13 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore.  Registration and a mental health resources fair will begin at 8:30 a.m., the program will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.  Please click here for more information and to register.

Feature of the Week: Family Members Needed for TEC Program at Delaware County Mental Health Crisis Court

The Training & Education Center (TEC) of Mental Health Partnerships will be coordinating a family support project in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Mental Health Crisis Court at Crozer-Chester Medical Center on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

They are seeking one family member who preferably experienced the Mental Health Court with their loved one or who appreciates the difficulties for families. These family members will be trained to support families in Delaware County Mental Health crisis court.

The following qualities are essential for this role:
  • Good listener
  • Warm & supportive
  • Respectful of other’s unique experiences
  • Helpful
Family support persons will be paid a stipend and receive training from TEC.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of becoming an advocate contact MaryCatherine Lowery 267-507-3865 or mlowery@mhphope.org.

Upcoming Events

The Kindness Committee of the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Task Force invites you to take part in a Peyton Heart Day Event on August 22. The Peyton Heart Project’s mission is to help raise global awareness about suicide and bullying and to help end the stigma surrounding mental health. The project is named after Peyton James, a 13-year-old boy who, in the fall of 2014, died by suicide after years of being bullied (see www.thepeytonheartproject.org). This event will be held at the Human Services Center, 1430 DeKalb Pike, Norristown, PA 19401. Call Erin Hewitt at 610-278-1238 for more information.
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