Support Groups Meet this Week

Our Havertown NAMI Family Support Group meets this Tuesday, May 15, 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.

Our Parent Peer Support Group meets on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:15 p.m. 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 will be 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: Family Advocacy Clinic at Delaware County Community College 

The Family Advocacy Clinic at Delaware County Community College helps families strengthen advocacy skills, using a collaborative and non-adversarial approach. The Clinic helps families learn information; connect with resources; understand goals, rights and legal options; build relationships; identify strategies; take action; and strengthen resiliency.  For more information, go to http://familyvoice.net  or call 610-723-4108.

Upcoming Events

The First National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day will be on Friday, May 18, 2018SAMHSA and the Administration for Community Living, together with the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, will host a panel discussion to raise public awareness about the mental health of older Americans and spur action to address the needs of this population. Watch a panel of experts discuss evidence-based approaches to mental health and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery supports for older adults, and encourage collaboration between the mental health and aging networks on Friday, May 18, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.The panel will also highlight the work of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee and offer guidance for people who seek treatment and services. HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., along with HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging, Lance Robertson, will provide opening remarks. For more information and to register for this event, please go to https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/noamhad/home. Participation can take place in person as well as online.

There will be a Special Needs Planning Workshop sponsored by 1847 on Wednesday, May 23, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Divine Providence Village (Multi Purpose Room at 686 Old Marple Road in Springfield). 1847’s workshops are focused on empowering and educating families who have dependents with special needs giving them clear, actionable information that can be used to understand and build aresponsible financial lifestyle. This small and interactive seminar will be led by popular financialspeaker, Pat Bergmaier, and will provide a comfortable setting in which attendees can learn how to take control of their present and future financial planning. As a follow-up, individual meetings may bescheduled to focus on your personal financial situation without distraction. For more info and to register, please go to http://www.1847financial.com/p/special-needs-resource#event=9571310.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are conducting a research study about people’s experience with violence from a family member who has a mental illness. If you are willing and eligible to participate in this study, we would like to have a phone interview with you to ask you some questions about your experience with violence from a family member with mental illness. If you are potentially interested in participating, please complete a brief questionnaire to help us determine your eligibility.  The questionnaire should take less than 5 minutes to complete. You can access the questionnaire by at https://upenn.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3WUUQm6Hstp9xo9.  After completing the brief questionnaire, if you are eligible to participate, a member of the research team will email you to arrange a phone call. Participants will receive a $40 gift card upon completion of their interview.

 

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