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 email@example.com.
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.
Fall 2014/Spring 2015 To be Announced:
2014 GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULE
Click here to view our 2014 General Meeting Schedule.
Nov. 5, 2014-7:00 p.m. Elissa Lewin, representative of Nancy's House, will give a short presentation on "caregivers"and their upcoming conference on Nov. 15th Handouts provided. Also, Olga Antonyuk, of Compeer, will talk about their organization and volunteers to befriend mental health consumers on a social level in Delaware county. Handouts provided.
December 2014-Christmas Dinner -Holiday Gathering (no general meeting)
2015 GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULE
Click here to view our 2015 General Meeting Schedule- TBA
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 September 18th You must call our office ASAP to register 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: Sept. 18th 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 2014. 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 second series, our third Peer-to-Peer Course will be held September 9th for ten weeks, every Tuesday afternoon from 1 pm-3pm. Call Lisa at 610-713-2142 for info and registration. Class is limited so call ASAP as long as you're willing to commit.
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 others’ 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, Annual Conference- Oct. 30, 2014- Nov.2, 2014. For more info see the State NAMI PA of Harrisburg website.