Main Line NAMI Weekly Update

NAMI PA, Main Line News and Offerings

The Havertown NAMI Family Support Group 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.  The group meets on Tuesday July 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Llanerch (211 Lansdowne Rd. in Havertown, PA 19083).  For more information, please contact Nora at nora@huntjohnson.org.

NAMI PA, Main Line will be offering two sessions of 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 at LANKENAU Medical Center in Wynnewood will begin in mid-September (date to be posted), and will meet once a week for 12 consecutive weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. For questions or to register, contact Judy Green at 610-668-7917 or F2FMainLine@aol.com.
  • Family-to-Family in Devon/Wayne will begin in mid-October (date to be posted), and will meet once a week for 12 weeks, 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.

Feature of the Week: Problem Solving as a Wellness Tool

Problem-solving promotes wellness for individuals with mental illness and their family members. People who cope effectively with problems tend to work on one problem at a time, learn from mistakes, abandon what does not work, and stay open to suggestions from others. Learn more here: https://namipamainline.org/problem-solving-as-a-wellness-tool/.

Upcoming Events

Mental Health America (MHA), together with partners will host a Facebook live discussion on Netflix’s To The Bone on Monday, July 17 at 2.00 p.m. To The Bone follows the journey of a young woman living with an eating disorder who reluctantly enters an unconventional treatment program, where she bonds with other residents struggling with eating disorders. Like MHA’s Facebook page and join in the discussion here: www.facebook.com/mentalhealthamerica

NAMI Bucks County will be offering multiple NAMI Homefront online classes starting the evenings of July 24, 25, 26, 27. 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. The course is designed to increase understanding and advocacy skills while helping participants maintain their own well-being. To learn more and register, visit www.nami.org/homefront.

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion invites you to join us on campus July 24-25 in Philadelphia to discuss state-of-the-science research related to individuals with mental illnesses and community inclusion. The Collaborative’s 2017 Summer Institute draws on more than a dozen years of sound research and partnerships with mental health policy-makers, consumers, family, program managers, and direct service practitioners.  Participants will have access to current research findings and their implications for policy, programs, and practice. Register now!

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