Suicide Prevention and Coping with the Aftermath

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.

Our Havertown NAMI Family Support Group meets this Tuesday, June 19, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Llanerch* (211 Lansdowne Rd. in Havertown, PA 19083).  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.

During the summer, our Parent Peer Support Group will meet every other Wednesday from 6:15-7:45 p.m. Summer meetings will be 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: Suicide Prevention and Coping with the Aftermath

Suicide Prevention Resources:

Grief and Loss Resources:

  • A Time To Heal (484-571-8010) offers support groups for children and teens who are experiencing a suicide loss.
  • Compassionate Friends (https://www.compassionatefriends.org/ ) has many locations that offer grief support.
  • Peter’s Place (www.petersplaceonline.org) offers peer support groups for chidren grieving the loss of a significant other, a young adult support group and a parent support group for people dealing with the loss of a child because of substance abuse.
  • Survivors of Suicide (www.survivorsofsuicide.com) offers online support groups.
  • The Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force (http://delcosuicideprevention.org/support-groups/) offers support groups and information.

Upcoming Events

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.

There will be a training provided by the Chester County Suicide Prevention Coalition on Monday, June 25, from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at St. Matthews UCC, 2350 Conestoga Road (Route 401) Chester Springs, 19425. For more information and to register contact ccsptaskforce@gmail.com.

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