Main Line NAMI Support Groups Meet this Week

Our Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group meets on Monday at 7:00 p.m. in Bryn Mawr. If you have a family member or loved one with mental illness and are interested in this support group, please contact Susie Vernick at 610-649-5206 for more information.

Our Parent Peer Support Group meets on Wednesdays 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 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: PA ABLE Savings Plan Updates
 
Contributions to a PA ABLE Savings Program Account (PA ABLE) are now deductible from Pennsylvania state income tax!  Up to $14,000 per person can be deducted from Pennsylvania state income tax. This new tax deduction is exclusively for contributions made to a PA ABLE Savings Program account and is effective immediately.  As you know, PA ABLE provides people with disabilities and their families with a way to plan for a financially secure future without affecting important government benefits. This great, new tax benefit makes PA ABLE an even better way to save and pay for many disability-related expenses.
You can learn more about the features and benefits of the Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program and read important disclosures at http://paable.gov/.

Upcoming Events

NAMI Delaware County is hosting a Holiday Dinner and Gathering on Wednesday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne in Lansdowne, PA.  Tickets are $10 or $5 for those with limited income.  For more information and to register, please click here.

NAMI Montgomery County will host their December meeting and holiday party on Wednesday, December 13, from 5-7 p.m. at their Lansdale office (100 West Main Street, Suite 204, Lansdale, PA 19446). Learn about NAMI Montgomery County resources, meet their Board of Directors, and enjoy delicious food. They will be accepting wrapped presents, labeled “man” or “woman,” to provide to the CHOC. The event is free.  Please RSVP by December 4 by calling 215-361-7784.

 
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/.
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