Main Line NAMI Weekly Update

Main Line NAMI Events and News

Please join us for our annual summer party this Sunday, August 5, from 4-6 p.m. at a Merion location. This will be a good opportunity to socialize with others who share similar experiences and to meet Board members of our affiliate. The food will be “potluck” – salads, cold cut, rolls, desserts and drinks. If you are unable to bring any food that’s okay, but a reservation is still required. Please let us know if you will be able to attend and what you will bring by registering online or contacting Kristine at Kristine@NAMIpaMainLine.org or 267-251-6240. We will provide the address upon registration.

The Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group, will meet Monday August 6 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 Diane at 610-247-4545 for more information.

During the summer, our Parent Peer Support Group will meet every other Wednesday from  6:15-7:45 p.m. Summer meetings will be August 8 and August 22. This group is 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 is 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.

Main Line NAMI on the Move: Stepping Out for Mental Health Awareness will be on Saturday, October 13 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore.  Registration and a mental health resources fair will begin at 8:30 a.m., the program will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.  Please click here for more information and to register.

Feature of the Week: Strategies for Communicating with Mental Health Professionals

Communicating with health care professionals can be difficult at time because of HIPAA. Try to seek out family-friendly clinicians and establish an agreement about communication. Even if your loved one’s clinician cannot provide information to you due to HIPAA, you can provide information to them about your loved one. For more information, visit

Upcoming Events  

NAMI Montgomery County presents a NAMI Signature Program: Ending the Silence. Do you have a youth in your life that could benefit to learn about mental health conditions, how they can help themselves or a friend challenged by mental health conditions, and how to break the stigma associated with mental health conditions? Then join us for an interactive, informative, inspiring presentation of Ending the Silence. Come to preview the program and bring your teen along! This event will be held on August 8 from 7.00 p.m.- 8.30 p.m. at the NAMI Office, 100 W. Main St, Suite 204, Lansdale, PA 19446. This is a free event but please RSVP to 215-361-7784.

The Kindness Committee of the Montgomery County Suicide prevention Taskforce invites you to part in a Peyton Heart Day Event on August 8 and 22. The Peyton Heart Project’s mission is to help raise global awareness about suicide and bullying and to help end the stigma surrounding mental health. The project is named after Peyton James, a 13-year-old boy who, in the fall of 2014, died by suicide after years of being bullied. www.thepeytonheartproject.org. These two events will be held at the Human Services Center, 1430 DeKalb Pike, Norristown, PA 19401. Call Erin Hewitt at 610-278-1238 for more information.

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