Sign up for Family-to-Family!

Family-to-Family (F2F) is a free course structured to help family members understand and support a relative diagnosed with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Family-to-Family in Devon will begin on October 17, and will meet once a week for 12 weeks through January (with select holidays off), from 7-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.  If you have questions or to register for this course, please contact Sarah at 484-919-0069 or BrynMawrF2F@gmail.com.  Registered participants will receive a schedule and meeting dates the week before the course begins.

NAMI PA, Main Line will offer a workshop Crisis Prevention and Management for the Holidays (and year round) on Sunday, October 22, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church (also known as the First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore; 5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore). Ellen Berman, MD and Amanda Falivene-Rocco, LPC, CPRP will give advice for coping with the stresses of the holidays and for preventing and managing crises. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to develop plans, using WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plans), both for people with mental illness and for family members. Ellen Berman is a family psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine (U Penn) and Amanda Falivene-Rocco is Director of an outpatient day program at a community mental health center in Philadelphia. For more information, please contact us at info@NAMIpaMainLine.org or 267-251-6240.

The Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group meets Monday, October 2nd 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.

Parent Peer Support Group will be offered on Wednesday nights from 6.45 p.m. 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: Behavioral Health Services in Delaware and Montgomery Counties

Two weeks ago, we held an infomative forum about how to navigate behavioral health services in Delaware and Montgomery Counties.  Speakers Vera Zanders, Deputy Mental HealthAdministrator for Montgomery County,Donna Holiday, Deputy Mental Health Administrator and Tracy Halliday, Mental Health Director for Delaware County spoke about services in their respective counties and have provided us with their PowerPoint presentations.  For a summary of services in Delaware County, see https://namipamainline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Services-in-Delco-2017.pdf.  For a summary of services in Montgomery County, see https://namipamainline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Mental-Health-Presentation-_Services-in-Montco-2017.pdf.

Upcoming Events

Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster is a10-week skill building workshop for Families & Friends of People with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Bipolar Disorder or Major Depression (often Cooccurring with Substance Use Disorders). When someone we love has a disorder that affects their mood and ability to control their emotions and impulses, life can feel like an “emotional roller coaster” with ups, downs, twists and turns that can be overwhelming, draining and sometimes scary. This workshop will help you respond, not just react, so you can get yourself and your life back under better control. You will learn key information about these 3 disorders, as well the key skills of self-care, emotion regulation, emotional validation, limit setting and crisis management. Classes will be cofacilitated by Scott Johnston, M. Ed. (clinician and educator), Denice Buzzetto, CPS (a person in recovery), and a family member/graduate of this workshop. This course is $300 per person, $550 for couples, and payment plans can be arranged. Fee waived if you or your family member live in Philadelphia.This class will begin on Monday, October 2nd from 7-9 p.m. at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting. For more information or to register (space is limited), call MaryCatherine Lowery at 267- 507-3865 or write to tecinfo@mhphope.org.

Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition presents Economics of Caregiving: Paid Family Leave Insurance town hall on Tuesday, October 3 from 5-7 p.m at Delaware Valley University. Now is your chance to help propel Paid Family Leave Insurance in Pennsylvania to become a reality. Come kick off this new statewide campaign and learn what a paid family leave insurance fund is, how a bill can be written, how you can lobby for the bill, how you can help us collect stories, and how you can help us celebrate together months from now when it’s law! Registration is free: www.bcwac.org/events.

National Depression Screening Awareness Day is Thursday, October 5. Meet with Abby Grasso, Executive Director of NAMI Montgomery County, for a free and confidential depression screening from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at  NAMI Montgomery County office: 100 West Main Street, Suite 204, Lansdale. No need to schedule an appointment. Resources will be given.

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