Mental Health for Older Adults

Our Parent Peer Support Group meets on Wednesdays from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. 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 will be held at Wayne Presbytarian 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.

Feature of the Week: Surrey Solutions TV Show on Mental Health for Older Adults

NAMI PA, Main Line volunteer, Bruce Fay, was interviewed as part of a Mental Health Resource Program specifically designed for older adults developed by Surrey Services.  See his interview at https://surreyservices.org/resources/surrey-solutions-tv-show-mental-health-older-adults.

Upcoming Events

Disease Model of Addiction, Current Treatment Approaches, Elements of Recovery, and Co-  occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders will be on  Thursday, November 16, beginning at 7 p.m. at Abington Memorial Health Center, 225 Newtown Rd., Warminster, PA 18974.  NAMI Bucks County is hosting this event. Andrew O’Brien, MS, LPC, CAADC, CTTS, CTTS-M will be discussing the disease model of addiction, current treatment approaches, elements of recovery, and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Andrew’s work as a therapist focuses on substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders and tobacco treatment. His background also includes work training and supervising clinicians on substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders, as well as tobacco dependence. Addiction is an often misunderstood condition that affects millions of Americans each day. The impact on the individual’s life, as well as on their family, is usually profound. The stigma associated with addiction is equally impactful. No registration is required. For more info, call 1-866-399-NAMI (6264).

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), 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, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 19, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Friends Hospital.  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 contact mhfa_philly@pmhcc.org or 215-685-3755.   For more information about Youth Mental Health First Aid, go to https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/find-a-course/.

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