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NAMI Hand to Hand

NAMI CAN: Support, Education and Advocacy for Families with a Child or Adolescent with a severe emotional disturbance. The group meets the SECOND Monday of the month from 7 - 9 p.m. in Room 101 of the Central Presbyterian Church, Rt 113 just north of Bus. Rt 30, Downingtown. 
Call 610-296-0377 for the next meeting

(Person-sitting costs can be reimbursed for NAMI CAN by Chester County CASSP office)
"If your child or adolescent has a brain disorder (mental illness) such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder, autism, or schizophrenia, or behavioral and emotional difficulties, we have a lot in common."

  • What are warning signs for my child's illness?
  • How do I get the special school curriculum my child needs?
  • Is my child's depression just a typical teenage behavior?
  • How do I determine the best treatment or medication for my child?
  • What steps can I take at home to help my child?
  • Where Do I Turn For Help?

As families find themselves lost in the large number of state systems created to assist their children, information from this program helps parents and guardians navigate these systems.
NAMI HAND TO HAND is an 8 week class for families, who have a child or adolescent with a severe emotional disturbance. The course shows them what to expect along the way, as well as where to get support for their child and themselves. This free course is structured to answer questions from participants and provide one-to-one advice. As the classes progress, participants are encouraged to share their experiences and successes. Classes meet consecutively one evening a week for 8 to 10 weeks. Classes are free !

Hand to Hand Education Program Topics Include:

  • Understanding Your Child's Diagnosis
  • Developing Family Coping Skills
  • Counseling and Therapy
  • Understanding Treatment
  • Where to Go for Help
  • Understanding Special Education
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Advocacy

~To Contact Us~

NAMI PA Chester County
P.O. Box 1102, Frazer, Pa 19355 Our Number 610-430-0177
NAMI PA 1-800-223-0500
( national hotline )
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