Save the Date for our Summer Party

We hope you will plan to join us for our annual summer party on Sunday, August 5, from 4-6 p.m. at a Merion location. This will be a good opportunity to socialize with others who share similar experiences and to meet Board members of our affiliate. The food will be “potluck” – salads, cold cut, rolls, desserts and drinks. If you are unable to bring any food that’s okay, but a reservation is still required. Please let us know if you will be able to attend and what you will bring by contacting Kristine at Kristine@NAMIpaMainLine.org or 267-251-6240. We will provide the address upon registration.

During the summer, our Parent Peer Support Group will meet every other Wednesday from 6:45-8:15 p.m. Summer meetings will be June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8 and August 22.  This group is 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 is held at Wayne Presbyterian 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: Housing Options for People Living with a Mental Illness

Housing options range from completely independent living to group homes to 24/7 care. A good housing match is one that meets you/your loved one’s physical needs, should offer the right amount of independence and should fit your budget. Unfortunately, housing for low income individuals with mental illness is in very short supply and waiting lists are often a year or longer, so it is helpful to apply as early as possible. Our article details housing options and how to apply for them: https://namipamainline.org/housing-options-for-people-living-with-mental-illness/.

Upcoming Events

Welcome House will host a 25th anniversary open house on Tuesday, June 12, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at 7700 West Chester Pike in Upper Darby.  More information about Welcome House Clubhouse is available at http://www.paclubhouse.org/WelcomeHouse.php.

The International Bipolar Foundation will offer a free webinar, entitled “Badge Of Life: Police Suicide Prevention” on Wednesday, June 13, from noon-1 p.m. Join the webinar for an interview with retired Sergeant and Chairman Ron Clark RN, MS, APSO and a discussion about police suicide and how this organization is attempting to lesson the effects of stress and trauma.  For more information, go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7218829687327605763.

NAMI Montgomery County’s June information meeting will have a presentation on “Law Enforcement & Mental Health: A Perspective” on Wednesday, June 13, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at 100 W. Main Street, Suite 204 Lansdale PA 19446. Cpl. Patrick Hanrahan will talk about teamwork in the community and how partnerships can be formed to handle crisis situations. Cpl. Hanrahan was hired by Hatfield Police Department in 1987. He is a Squad Supervisor, the department’s Public Information Officer, and a Hostage Negotiator. This event is free and open to the public; however an RSVP is requested by June 11. Please call 215-361- 7784. Light refreshments will be provided.

There will be a Disability Pride Parade on Saturday, June 16 in Philadelphia.  The overall mission of the Disability Pride Parade is to change the way people think about and define “disability”; to break down and end the internalized shame among people with disabilities; and to promote the belief in society that disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with disabilities can take pride.  For more information, please go to https://www.disabilitypridephiladelphia.com/events.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Philadelphia Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk will be on Saturday, June 16. As you walk through the night, you’ll feel safe and cared-for in a community where everyone supports each other. It’s a place to laugh, to cry, and to heal – to honor the past and embrace a future that your work will change for the better. For more information and to register, please go to https://www.theovernight.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=523.

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