Main Line NAMI helps you to find a support group

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” featuring NAMI PA, Main Line and Minding Your Mind will take place on Sunday, May 6, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Wayne Presbyterian Church (125 E. Lancaster Ave. in Wayne, PA).  Participants will be encouraged to “Just Talk About It” as NAMI and Minding Your Mind help them to 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.   Updated information will be available at https://namipamainline.org/events/ in the upcoming months.

Feature of the Week: Support Group Information

For information about support groups for family members and for individuals living with mental illness in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, see our Support Groups by County in Southeastern Pennsylvania page.  For support groups sponsored by NAMI PA, Main Line, please go to  http://namipamainline.org/support/support-groups/.  To find an online support group, please visit https://namipamainline.org/social-opportunities-and-support-groups/.

Upcoming Events

Older Adult Mental Health First Aid, an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge, will be offered on Saturday, March 10, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Surrey Services for Seniors in Devon, PA. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.  For more information about the course, please go to https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/find-a-course/. To register, please email Beth Quinn at chescomhfatrainings@gmail.com or call 484-713-1040.

This is My Brave, a live performance featuring the stories of people living with mental illness, is coming to Philadelphia. The show will take place at the Painted Bride Art Center on Vine Street in Center City, on Sunday, June 10, at 4 p.m.  The goal of This is My Brave  is to give a voice to mental illness, to raise awareness, and to help reduce stigma.  Auditions are being held at CultureWorks Philadelphia on Walnut Street from 1-4 p.m. on March 10, 17, and 24.  To sign up for an audition appointment, go to https://calendly.com/elise-12.

Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster Family Workshop, a 10-week skill building workshop offers families and friends of people with depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and co-occurring substance use information about each of these disorders as well as skills in self-care, emotion regulation, validating communication, limit setting, and crisis management for violence, suicide and self-injury. This workshop will begin on Monday, March 19, and will meet on 10 consecutive Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, PA.  The fee is $300 per person, $550 for couples; payment plans can be arranged.  For more information, please contact MaryCatherine Lowery at 267-507-3865 or mlowery@mhphope.org.

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