All Chapter meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in Irwin Hall, in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne, 140 N. Lansdowne Avenue (cross-street is Greenwood Avenue) in Lansdowne, PA 19050. We begin at 7:00 PM with a short business meeting, followed by a speaker. After the meeting, we gather for refreshments and exchange information, ideas, and solutions. The meetings are open to family members, consumers members, and newcomers one or two times, then we hope that you join as a member and continue to come when able. If you have any questions or need directions, please call the office at 610-623-0071 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do not meet in July and August.
A special Newcomer's Meeting follows each chapter meeting, where family members and consumers who are joining us for the first time can state their concerns, and gather information and help applied to their individual needs.
WINTER/SPRING 2014 GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014, 7:00pm - Dr. Larry Real, Medical Director for Horizon House, returns to our Chapter for a "Question & Answer Session with the Psychiatrist." Dr. Real's presentations are always popular and well-attended by Chapter Meeting attendees, so you won't want to miss this meeting, our last of the season!
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, 7:00pm - Speaker George Hoffman presents on the topic of mindfulness meditation for people with mental illness and those who support them. Please join us for this interesting discussion!
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014, 7:00pm - Richard Baron of Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities will present on "Employment: Prospects and Possibilities." Mr. Baron is a national leader in the disability employment arena.
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, 7:00pm - RESCHEDULED FROM FEBRUARY MEETING. Bill Chambers, Deputy Administrator Mental Health, Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health will be presenting an update on mental health services in Delaware County including current services and new initiatives. Given the announcement of Billís impending retirement we also will want to thank and recognize Bill for his work and support of NAMI, individuals and families.
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014, 7:00pm -
****THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE THREAT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER AND HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. OUR SPEAKER, BILL CHAMBERS, WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT OUR MARCH 5TH GENERAL MEETING. PLEASE STAY SAFE AND WARM!****
Bill Chambers, Deputy Administrator Mental Health, Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health will be presenting an update on mental health services in Delaware County including current services and new initiatives. Given the announcement of Billís impending retirement we also will want to thank and recognize Bill for his work and support of NAMI, individuals and families.
Wednesday, January 1st, 2014, 7:00pm - Due to the first Wednesday of the month falling on New Years' Day, the General Meeting for January will be cancelled. NAMI-PA Delaware County Chapter wishes you and yours the safest and happiest of holidays and bright tidings for 2014!160;
2013 GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULE
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2012 GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULE
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REMEMBER A MEETING CAN BE CANCELLED WITH OR WITHOUT NOTICE IF WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE INCLEMENT. DRY OR WET, IF THERE ARE ANY EXTREMES, YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY, SO USE GOOD JUDGEMENT.
FAMILY-TO-FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
Our chapter sponsors a support group for family members whose loved one has a serious mental illness. It meets the third Thursday of each month (year-round) at the Lima United Methodist Church, 209 N. Middletown Road (Rt. 352) in Lima, PA(close to the Granite Run Mall) at 7:00 PM. Come and visit, and consider becoming a member. Please call the moderator, Jean Shatoff, with any questions - 610-325-9623.
FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION COURSE
Our chapter offers NAMI's acclaimed Family-to-Family Education Course. The Family-to-Family Education Course is a FREE 12-week course for families of individuals diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and anxiety disorders), as well as those who exhibit behavior that strongly suggests such a diagnosis. The course is appropriate for parents, siblings, adult and teenage children and significant others of persons with these severe and persistent disabilities. Call our office for the up-and-coming course which will begin this fall (we should know the exact September date by late August). You must call our office ASAP to register and request an application at 610-623-0071. NOTE: First come, first served. Space is limited.
The curriculum focuses on the major psychiatric illnesses and emphasizes the clinical treatment of these illnesses. The curriculum also presents the knowledge and skills that family members need when faced with the problems of mental illness. The course is taught by trained NAMI members who volunteer in two-member teams.
The course balances basic psycho-education and skills training with self-care, emotional support, and empowerment. Important components of the course are:
1. Information about schizophrenia and the major affective disorders (bipolar and depressive illness, obsessive/compulsive and anxiety disorders).
2. Coping skills; handling crisis and relapse.
3. Listening and communication techniques.
4. Problem solving and limit setting; rehabilitation.
5. Self-care; learning how to recognize the normal emotional reactions to chronic stress.
6. Basic information about medications.
7. Information about connecting with appropriate community services and community supports.
8. Advocacy: getting better services, fighting stigma.
The next Family-to-Family course: Call the office at 610-623-0071 and for questions and/or to register.
NOTE: If you're interested in becoming a facilitator for this program, the next training is October 2013. Please do not hesitate to call the office and discuss and/or register. It is a great community service that is so helpful to many families. So consider. (610) 623-0071.
Our Peer-to-Peer course is a 10 week program offering free mentoring by consumers for consumers in healthy living with a mental illness. Peer-to-Peer provides an educational setting focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope. Peer-to-Peer classes meet once a week for 2 hours, offering a wealth of information on mental health and recovery.
Following our inaugural, highly successful first series, our second Peer-to-Peer Course will be held Spring 2014. Dates TBD.
IN OUR OWN VOICE
NAMI offers "In Our Own Voice," a unique presentation that lends insight into the hope and recovery now possible for people with severe mental illness--presented by people who have been there. Please contact our Chapter if you or your organization is interested in hosting our trained speakers to present for your group.
NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each othersí experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.
For more information on these and other programs offered by NAMI Pennsylvania, click here.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Presently, we need to train facilitators for these programs in order to be able to offer courses and support groups for our community. If you are interested in volunteering in a positive effort, please contact us by phone or email, and include your name, contact information, and the program which you are interested in facilitating. As training becomes available (which is given at no cost to trainee) for your chosen program, we will contact you as soon as possible. If you are interested in receiving educational benefits only, watch our site or contact our office, or attend one of our meetings to keep in touch. We look forward to hearing from you! Please consider and give us a call.
NAMI STATE UPDATES
NAMI Pennsylvania 5th Annaul Cherry Blossom Ball. May 9th, 2014, the Loews Hotel, Philadelphia, PA. For detailed information, see the State NAMI PA of Harrisburg website.
NAMI PA of Harrisburg will be having a NAMI Walk this spring in the Philadelphia area. Details forthcoming. Our Chapter will be involved in this event in support of the state NAMI in Harrisburg and our Chapter of course, along with other participating chapters. Keep a check on this site for upcoming information.