Main Line NAMI Weekly Update

NAMI PA, Main Line News and Offerings
 
It’s not too late to register for Family-to-Family! Family-to-Family (F2F) 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. The course is taught by trained volunteer family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one with a serious mental illness. F2F is offered as a community service without charge. More information is available at http://namipamainline.org/support/family-to-family-education-basics-programs/
  • F2F at the LANKENAU Medical Center began Wednesday, February 15 and meets once a week for 12 consecutive weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. For questions or to register for F2F, contact Judy Green at 610-668-7917 or F2FMainLine@aol.com. Registration is required. 

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 will meet on Tuesday, February 21, 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.

A forum presentation, Ask the Experts with Judith Katz, M.D., Ellen Berman, M.D. and Michael Harper, Esq.will take place on Sunday, March 5, from 2-4 p.m. (snow date, March 12) at Ardmore Presbyterian Church, 5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore. The speakers will answer your questions and will also provide brief presentations on Advance Directives, inpatient hospitalization, and how a diagnosis is made, why it is so difficult, and how it relates to which medications are effective. Dr. Katz is a third-year resident in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Berman (http://ellenbermanmd.com/) is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Penn. Attorney Michael Harper has extensive experience advocating on behalf of clients with mental illness (http://michaeljharperlaw.com/attorney-profile/). For more information, please contact us at info@NAMIpaMainLine.org or 267-251-6240.

Feature of the Week: Housing Options for People with Mental Illness

NAMI PA, Main Line is pleased to announce a new housing resource for people with mental illness. Housing should be affordable, meet physical needs, offer the right amount of independence, and be discrimination-free. Our article details types of housing and provides links to federal resources for housing support, and also has information on finding housing or a shelter in Pennsylvania.

https://namipamainline.org/housing-options-for-people-living-with-mental-illness/

Upcoming Events

Mental Health America (MHA) will be offering a webinar “Is it Real or Not Real- Do I have Psychosis?”, Tuesday February 21, from 2:00 p.m – 3:30 p.m. You will learn what psychosis is, how MHA developed tools to identify if someone was at risk of developing psychosis, how people are turning to the internet and technology to get help and information, and hear about personal experiences from someone who struggled with psychosis and found help. Providers and advocates will gain knowledge on up to date training on current status of identifying and supporting young people who are experiencing psychosis for the first time. Register here: http://bit.ly/2jmNcEM

Join Spectra Support Services for their Minding Your Mind event on Thursday, February 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn about mental health and teenagers, warning signs and symptoms of mental health struggles and how you can help. The event will be held at 475 Lawrence Rd, Broomall, PA 19008. Click here to register: http://bit.ly/2lSkbjq.

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