Registration Open for Family-to-Family

We encourage you to register for Family-to-Family, a program offered to the community without charge that provides education and support for family members of a person who has a serious mental illness. Family-to-Family at the Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood will begin on Tuesday, February 27, and will meet once a week for 12 consecutive weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. For questions or to register, contact Judy Green at 610-668-7917 or F2FMainLine@aol.com.

Our Havertown NAMI Family Support Group will meet on Tuesday, January 16, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Llanerch (211 Lansdowne Rd. in Havertown, PA 19083). This 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. For more information, please contact Nora at nora@huntjohnson.org.

Feature of the Week: Testimonial from a Family-to-Family Graduate

At a time of life when I and my family were devastated by a loved one’s diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and as we struggled to find information and support in our current communities of family, church, work, etc., we learned about NAMI and by extension, the Family-to-Family Education Program. In retrospect, we see this Program as a literal life saver for ourselves and our family.

In this program, we were thoroughly educated about the mental illnesses, their therapies, and strategies for self-care and that of our loved ones. This experience was enhanced by the variety of facilitators and professionals we were allowed to engage with as well as the other families, all caregivers of the mentally ill, who were in this program. This context made for significant emotional & social support and normalization which helped as much, if not more than the educational materials. Years later, we still periodically meet with this cohort of families which has become an ongoing support community for us.

As often as I have the occasion, I recommend this program.

Submitted by Craig DeLarge, Family-to-Family Graduate

Upcoming Events

NAMI Montgomery County has organized their first Youth Day of Service to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15, from 9 a.m.- noon at 100 West Main Street, Suite 204, Lansdale, PA 19446 (NAMI Montgomery County’s Office).  Youth, ages 10-14, are invited to take part in spreading NAMI goodness through mission driven activities. A lite lunch will be served.  Certificates of service hours will be available. Space is limited! Don’t delay in reserving your youth’s spot!  Call 215-261-7784 to register.

Registration is now open for the annual NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Mental Health & Wellness Conference, Champions of Mental Wellness: Fighting Stigma and Stereotypes in the System and Society. The two-day event features personal stories of recovery and resilience aimed to educate and inspire professionals, advocates, individuals in recovery, and family members. Register online  or download a form. Sign up before Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 to take advantage of the early-bird rate. Download the Conference Brochure.

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