Main Line NAMI Weekly Update

Main Line NAMI News and Offerings

The Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group meets Monday June 5 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.

NAMI PA, Main Line is excited to partner with the Haverford YMCA for a Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course on Wednesday June 7 and Thursday June 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. YMHFA is 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. 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 email your full name, birthdate, email address, and phone number to Melanie Greaves at Melanie will send you additional information about registration and parking. Registration is required for this free event as space is limited. Participants must attend both days to  be eligible for certification. This event will be held in the Nolan Painting conference room, 181 W Hillcrest Ave, Havertown, PA 19083. For more information about YMHFA, go to For more information about this course offering, go to

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 substance abuse challenges. The group will meet on Thursday June 8, 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

Feature of the Week: Seeking Additional Advocates for Good Mental Health Policies

As you probably know, there currently are pressing advocacy issues, including:

  • at the federal level, the proposed cuts in health insurance coverage that funds crucial services for individuals with mental illness.
  • at the state level, proposed cuts in funding for behavioral health services.
We have sent out advocacy alerts on these topics ( We have additional information and suggestions for advocacy that we do not distribute to our full mailing list. If you would like to receive more frequent advocacy alerts, please let us know by emailing Thank you.

Upcoming Events

New Directions Support Group will be hosting an event “An Afternoon with Karl Rickels”. Dr. Rickels is the founder of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Section at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a professor in the department of psychiatry and the Stuart and Emily B.H. Mudd Professor of Human Behavior and Reproduction. This free program will be held on Saturday, June 3, from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Willow Grove Giant Supermarket, 315 York Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. No need to RSVP.

Join MHASP on June 5 for a Rally for Mental Health in Harrisburg! Unfortunately, the House recently passed a budget, HB 218, that cuts away from our already underfunded mental health and substance use disorder systems. Join the coalition fighting for a fair budget on June 5!
Buses will be leaving from Norristown and Philadelphia. Seating will be limited so make sure to sign up early in order to reserve your place, as we are only two weeks away. We will also be scheduling legislative visits, attending a rally, and providing lunch. It will be a full day of advocacy, as we will be joined by allies from cross-disAbility groups, housing, and education to advocate for a fully supportive budget. Sign up now!
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