Surrey Solutions TV Show Mental Health for Older Adults

This month, we will be sharing pertinent information on the topic of mental health.  Surrey Services has developed a Mental Health Resource Program specifically designed for older adults. The purpose of this program is aimed at raising awareness and sharing information related to the local mental health resources for older adults. We have information on resources in Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia counties.  The overarching goal of the program is to decrease stigmas associated with a mental illness diagnosis and decrease the gap in seniors not receiving care.

As a part of this new initiative, Surrey will be introducing a variety of programming offering education, support, mindfulness, as well as mental health screenings. Check our calendar of events  for more information.

Caregiver Connections
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of the month 2-3
Our Caregiver Connections group is led by Surrey’s own Donna Marshall, MSW, LCSW. This is a support group that meets monthly and offers a supportive caring environment for those caring for a loved one.

Family to Family
Begins Tuesday, October 17 (12 weeks), 7-9:30
NAMI PA, Main Line will be offering a session of Family-to-Family (F2F) this fall.  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.  If you have questions or to register for this course, please contact Sarah at 484-919-0069 or  Registered participants will receive a schedule and meeting dates the week before the course begins.

Meditation for Holiday Stress Reduction
Wednesday, November 15, 1-2
Join Liz Wanner as she leads a relaxing and stress reducing mediation aimed at lowering stress that comes with the holiday season!  $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction-Holiday Stress
Wednesday, December 27th 12:45-1:45
The practice of mindfulness-based stress reduction can help us cope with stress and pain in our daily lives. The beneficial effects of MBSR help reduce stress by providing a way to help both mind and body. Mindfulness is easy and doable by all.

Chair Yoga for Positive Aging
Friday, January 26, 11 – 11:45 
Yoga and meditation are scientifically proven methods to reduce chronic pain, decrease stress, anxiety, and depression; improve memory and decision making; improve balance, and increase inner peace and joy. This class combines gentle chair yoga stretches, balance exercises, breathing, and mindfulness meditation for positive aging. This class is free of charge!

Working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Main Line Chapter, Surrey shares this TV show and offers a referral service the Mental Health Resource Program. Call Nicole Robinson at 610-647-9172 for referral to mental health resources in our area.

In addition Surrey would like to share these resources:

Friendship Line 1-800-971-0016
The Friendship Line is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for non-urgent calls. Older adults with depression, loneliness, isolation, or anxiousness can benefit from completely confidential phone calls with Friendship Line volunteers. Sometimes the road to happiness begins by simply saying hello to someone who genuinely cares.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Chester County Mental Health Crisis Intervention 610-280-3270
Serving Chester County 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Delaware County Crisis Connections Team (DCCCT) 1-855-889-7827
Serving residents of Delaware County 24 hours a day, 365 days a year