It’s not too late to register for Family-to-Family!

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, April15, 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: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources

In the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources section of our Resource Guide, you will find information about different diagnoses, education about mental illness, schooling options, case management and community support as well as providers grouped by county.  Please go to https://namipamainline.org/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-resources/ for more info.

Upcoming Events

Mental Health Partnerships will hold a morning family and friends educational support group for families and friends of adults with any mental health or substance use condition on Thursday, February 15, from 10 a.m. – noon. at 1211 Chestnut Street, 11th Floor in Center City.  There will be a presentation on helping siblings understand and cope, 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 tecinfo@mhphope.org.

NAMI Bucks County will have a discussion on Smoking Cessation on Thursday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m. Andrew O’Brien, MS, LPC, CAADC, CTTS, CTTS-M will be discussing Smoking Cessation. Andrew’s work as a therapist focuses on substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, and tobacco dependence treatment. His background also includes work training and supervising clinicians on substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders, as well as tobacco dependence. Addiction is an often misunderstood condition that affects millions of Americans each day. The impact on the individual’s life, as well as on their family is usually profound. The stigma associated with addiction is equally impactful. This discussion will take place at Abington Memorial Health Center, Warminster Campus (Formerly Warminster Hospital) in the Main Conference Room (Ground Floor) at 225 Newtown Rd., Warminster, PA 18974. No registration is required. Call 1-866-399-NAMI (6264) for further information.

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 https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Homefront.

Opportunity to Provide Feedback on Behavioral Health Services
The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is seeking individuals and family members of individuals who have received mental health and/or behavioral health services to participate in a Consumer and Family Discussion with a representative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) as a part of the 2018 Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Site Visit.  The Consumer and Family Discussion will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.  Participants may attend in person at the OMHSAS Office in Commonwealth Tower, Strawberry Square (320 Market Street, Harrisburg) or via conference call. SAMHSA has requested that individuals/family members participating in this discussion represent a broad demographic.  In order to ensure this, OMHSAS is including a demographic survey as a part of the request to participate form. For additional information or the Request to Participate Form, contact Kristine Songster (nami.pa.main.line@gmail.com).  Request to Participate Forms must be returned no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2018.

 

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