WHAT WE DO
We Offer Support to Consumers of Mental Health Services and Their Families.
We have a monthly Chapter Meeting that is open to the public. We hope that after one or two times you will support us as a member, whether you are active or inactive. Your dues support what we do and the numbers give a stronger voice in the overall political picture. We meet the first Wednesday of each month (except July and August, when we do not meet) at 7:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne, 140 N. Lansdowne Avenue (cross street - Greenwood Avenue) in Lansdowne, PA. During our meetings, consumers and/or their families share concerns, learn more about brain diseases, and receive emotional support and practical information about health insurance, medical treatments, housing, employment, and community resources. Call 610-623-0071 for information and directions.
We have a monthly Family-to-Family Support Group for family members of a loved one with a mental illness. Our group, led by a trained family member whose loved one has a mental illness, meets the third Thursday of each month (year-round) at 7:00 PM at the Lima United Methodist Church, 208 N. Middletown Road (Rt. 352) in Lima, PA, close to the Granite Run Mall. The public is welcome. Call 610-325-9623 for information.
Twice a year, we offer the Family-to-Family Education Course, a free, 12 week course for family members of a loved one with a mental illness. This highly acclaimed course deals with important topics such as coping skills, handling crisis and relapse, problem-solving and limit-setting, listening and communication techniques, and self-care, as well as basic information on mental illnesses and medications. The course is taught by trained NAMI family members whose loved one has a mental illness. Call 610-623-0071 for more information. You must register for the course.
We have an extensive in-house library, containing books, tapes, and CDs which are available to our membership.
We Provide Public Education.
Reducing stigma and ignorance about severe mental illness helps eliminate discrimination, restrictions on access to essential treatments, and life supports such as employment, housing, health insurance, and social contact. Our chapter members participate in local health fairs, and speak to local groups.
Each fall, we purchase and donate selected books on mental illness to many of the public libraries in Delaware County, to be placed into their permanent collections. The books are well-received by the libraries and the public.
At the local, state and national levels, NAMI sponsors annual conventions, where attendees learn about the latest developments in the field of mental illness.
Our chapter invites noted speakers to speak at our monthly chapter meetings. The topics vary from month to month, but include research, medications, housing, legislation, employment, insurance, and community resources. Our meetings are open to the public. Call 610-623-0071 for information.
We Advocate for the Mentally Ill and Their Families.
At all levels - federal, state, and local - we work to improve treatment and services for individuals with severe mental illness. Our membership contacts local, state and federal legislators to ask their support on legislation affecting the mentally ill and their families. In this age of budget constraints, this advocacy is vital.
Our chapter members collect assorted toiletry articles and our Chapter purchase toiletry items to distribute them to the mentally ill in Delaware County. Since these items are not covered by food stamps, they can be expensive. The articles are much appreciated.
Each fall we purchase holiday gifts for the Delaware County patients at Norrristown State Hospital. These gifts help brighten the holidays for the patients.
Throughout the year, our members collect household items and clothing to distribute to the mentally ill through the Welcome House Thrift Shop and Providence House. Larger items, such as furniture, are distributed to needy persons through the Community Action Warehouse which also will take donations to distribute to those in need in Delaware County.
Fundraiser: we need used ink cartridges, used cell phones, and small electronics that we turn in to raise funds for our Chapter. You can donate at any General Meeting or drop off at the office, call and set up a time. Our hours are variable.
We Offer a Chance to Make Your Voice Heard.
Come join us in our fight to make life better for the mentally ill and their families. Become part of the solution!