Main Line NAMI Weekly Update

A forum presentation, Ask the Experts with Judith Katz, M.D., Ellen Berman, M.D. and Michael Harper, Esq.will take place this Sunday, March 5, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church, 5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore. The speakers will answer your questions and will also provide brief presentations on:
  • how a diagnosis is made, why it is so difficult, and how it relates to which medications are effective
  • Advance Directives, power of attorney and the 302 process
  • family issues
  • inpatient hospitalization

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.

Our Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group for family members of people with mental illness meets on Monday March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Bryn Mawr. For more information, please contact Susie Vernick at 610-649-5206.

The Upper Darby NAMI Family Support Group is a free, confidential and safe group of families helping other families with a special emphasis for parents of youth and young adults ages 26 and younger struggling with mental health and substance abuse challenges, but all are welcome. 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 and/or substance abuse challenges. The group will meet Thursday, March 9, from 7-8.00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Crossroads Community Church, 104 Heather Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19082. The Upper Darby NAMI Family Support Group is co-facilitated by Michael and Jacqueline Harper. For more information, please contact Michael at michaeljosephharper@verizon.net.

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.

Upcoming Events

Join New Directions Support Group for a free event “Finding a Job” this Saturday, March 4, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Ed Hunter, Career and Executive Coach from Life in Progress.com will address top challenges and questions about finding a job. He will also look at your resume and help you update it. This event will be held at Willow Grove Giant Supermarket, 315 York Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. No need to RSVP. For more info, call 215-659-2366, ext 6 or email Compass123@comcast.net.

NAMI PA, Delaware County’s Peer-to-Peer Education Program meets for 10 consecutive weeks on Wednesday afternoons, from 12:30-3:00 p.m., March 8 to May 10. NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a FREE, 10-week education program for adults with mental illness looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises. Everything is confidential, and NAMI never recommends a specific medical therapy or treatment approach.This program is held at Holcomb Behavioral Health, 126 East Baltimore Pike, Media PA 19063. For information and to register, email  lisa.gardner107@gmail.com or call the NAMI PA, Delaware County Chapter office at (610) 623-0071

NAMI PA, Delaware County’s Family-to-Family Education Program meets once a week for 12 weeks beginning on Wednesday, March 8, from 6-8 p.m. The NAMI Family-to-Family is a FREE, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being.This program will be held at Delaware County Intermediate Unit, 200 Yale Ave., Morton PA 19070. For information and to register, contact  namipadelco@verizon.net or call (610) 623-0071

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