Main Line NAMI Support Groups Meet This Week

Our Havertown NAMI Family Support Group will meet next Tuesday, December 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Llanerch (211 Lansdowne Rd. in Havertown, PA 19083). 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.    For more information, please contact Nora at nora@huntjohnson.org.

Our Parent Peer Support Group meets next Wednesday, December 20 from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., and is intended for parents with a middle or high school child who is challenged with mental health symptoms. The group will not be meeting on December 27. 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 nancydever@comcast.net or call 610-574-3319.

Feature of the Week: Managing Stress

Everyone experiences stress. Finding effective ways to deal with stress is crucial to living well. NAMI provides info on how stress can affect you, when you are most vulnerable to stress, and ways to reduce it at https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Living-with-a-Mental-Health-Condition/Managing-Stress.

Upcoming Events

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), a free 8-hour training designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and others how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 19, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Friends Hospital.  High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to take this training, but you will need a signed parental permission slip. To register for this course, please contact mhfa_philly@pmhcc.org or 215-685-3755.   For more information about Youth Mental Health First Aid, go to https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/find-a-course/.

Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 heating season. LIHEAP helps low-income Pennsylvanians pay their heating bills and deal with such heating emergencies as a broken furnace, fuel shortage or utility service shutoff. To apply, go to http://www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/heatingassistanceliheap/.

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