Workshop on Crisis Prevention and Management

NAMI Main Line Events and News

Family-to-Family (F2F) in Devon begins next week.  If you are thinking about signing up, please contact Sarah as soon as possible at 484-919-0069 or BrynMawrF2F@gmail.com.   Family-to-Family is a 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.

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 267-251-6240 or info@NAMIpaMainLine.org.

The Havertown NAMI Family Support Group will meet this coming Tuesday, October 17m from 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.

The Parent Peer Support Group meets on Wednesdays from 6:45 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: Employment and Volunteering

We have updated the Employment and Volunteering section of the NAMI PA, Main Line Guide to Resources for People with Mental Illness and Their Families. In this section, you will find information about employment and volunteering options and services.  Please go to https://namipamainline.org/employment-and-volunteering/ for more info.

Upcoming Events

Transition Resource Fair on Wednesday, October 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Chester County Intermediate Unit (455 Boot Road in Downingtown, Entrance B, TCHS Brandywine Cafeteria.

This is an Information night for families and students with disabilities.  Representatives from different community groups and agencies will address housing, employment, special needs trusts, financial planning, and community resources. Please contact Sharon Shoemaker at
Sharons@cciu.org or (484) 237-5041 to make a reservation.

Adult Services Resource Fair: Employment, Housing, Education, Support and Social Opportunities on Thursday, October 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Valley Forge Education Services (1777 North Valley Road in Malvern, PA 19355). Explore an array of professional resource organizations that specialize in providing services to adults with special needs. The fair is designed to offer families the opportunity to learn about area programs, services, products and resources – all in one location. Exhibitors include supportive employment organizations, residential service providers, community support services, continuing education programs, benefits counselors, family advocates, special needs financial planning experts and organizations that provide recreational and leisure activities for adults with special needs.  For more info, please contact Juliann Jaffe at 610-296-6725 x116 or communications@vfes.net.

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