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

It’s not too late to register for Family-to-Family (F2F) this fall.  Family-to-Family is a course structured to help family members understand and support a relative diagnosed with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Family-to-Family in Devon will begin on October 17, and will meet once a week for 12 weeks through January (with select holidays off), from 7-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.  If you have questions or to register for this course, please contact Sarah at 484-919-0069 or BrynMawrF2F@gmail.com.  Registered participants will receive a schedule and meeting dates the week before the course begins.

NAMI PA, Main Line will offer a workshop Crisis Prevention and Management for the Holidays (and year round) on Sunday, October 22, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church (also known as the First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore; 5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore). Ellen Berman, MD and Amanda Falivene-Rocco, LPC, CPRP will give advice for coping with the stresses of the holidays and for preventing and managing crises. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to develop plans, using WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plans), both for people with mental illness and for family members. Ellen Berman is a family psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine (U Penn) and Amanda Falivene-Rocco is Director of an outpatient day program at a community mental health center in Philadelphia. For more information, please contact us at 267-251-6240 or info@NAMIpaMainLine.org.

The Upper Darby NAMI Family Support Group will meet this coming Thursday, October 12, from 7-8 p.m. This is a free, confidential and safe group of families helping other families with a special emphasis for parents of youth and young adults ages 26 and younger struggling with mental health and substance abuse challenges (all are welcome). The meeting will be held at Crossroads Community Church*, 104 Heather Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19082.  For more information, please contact Michael Harper at michaeljosephharper@verizon.net.

The Parent Peer Support Group meets on Wednesdays from 6:45 to 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 Presbytarian 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.

Feature of the Week: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources

We have updated the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources section of the NAMI PA, Main Line Guide to Resources for People with Mental Illness and Their Families. In this section, 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

Reflections of Recovery Art Contest and Show continues on Friday, October 6, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Crozer Chester Medical Center in the James Clark Auditorium Center (1 Medical Boulevard, Upland, PA 19013). This event is FREE to attend and open to the public. Please attend to vote for your favorite. Art installations will be available for your purchase with the proceeds going to the artist.  For more info, please contact Donna Holiday at 610-713-2365.

Intro to Yoga and Mindfulness with Jamie Nichols, a Hatha Yoga practitioner, on Saturday, October 7, from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Willow Grove Giant Supermarket (315 York Road in Willow Grove). You will learn a series of basic poses, breathing techniques and sequences that are available to everyone regardless of experience. No experience necessary, all levels welcome.  Bring a yoga mat, if you have one, or a large towel. Wear comfortable clothes. There is no need to RSVP for this free event. For more info, please contact RuthDeming@comcast.net.

Mental Health America will host a webinar on Tardive Dyskinesia on Wednesday, October 11, from 11:00 a.m. –  12:00 p.m.  Join the webinar for an opportunity to engage in a discussion about tardive dyskinesia, its symptoms, treatment, and increasing awareness about this condition through public education campaigns. Learn about recognizing symptoms, treatment, and barriers to awareness about Tardive Dyskinesia.  Advance registration is required at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/webinar-td .

Transition Resource Fair on Wednesday, October 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Chester County Intermediate Unit (455 Boot Road in Downingtown, Entrance B, TCHS Brandywine Cafeteria.  This is an Information night for families and students with disabilities.  Representatives from different community groups and agencies will address housing, employment, special needs trusts, financial planning, and community resources. Please contact Sharon Shoemaker at Sharons@cciu.org or (484) 237-5041 to make a reservation.

Adult Services Resource Fair: Employment, Housing, Education, Support and Social Opportunities on Thursday, October 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Valley Forge Education Services (1777 North Valley Road in Malvern, PA 19355). Explore an array of professional resource organizations that specialize in providing services to adults with special needs. The fair is designed to offer families the opportunity to learn about area programs, services, products and resources – all in one location. Exhibitors include supportive employment organizations, residential service providers, community support services, continuing education programs, benefits counselors, family advocates, special needs financial planning experts and organizations that provide recreational and leisure activities for adults with special needs.  For more info, please contact Juliann Jaffe at 610-296-6725 x116 or communications@vfes.net.

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