Your premier support group in the Philadelphia area for people with Depression, Bipolar Disorder and their Loved Ones. Call us at 215-659-2366 or email us at Compass123@comcast.net.
SEE SCHEDULE BELOW… OR ON RIGHT. Team Leaders include: Ada Moss Fleisher, Ron Abrams, Helen Kirschner, Fontaine Caldwell, Johannes Brahms Ponsen. Carole and Greg Hodges run our Family Member Group. Photo by Greg Hodges, lower right. Ruth Z Deming, MGPGP, director, in her “Ask me Why I have 3 kidneys T-shirt.” Taking lithium for 16 yrs ruined her kidneys and she had a transplant. Read her Lithium post. For other famous people w/mood disorders click here.
SCHEDULE IS BELOW or on Top Right under Upcoming Events.
Need someone to talk to? Call your buddies from New Directions! Also, Montgomery County Office of Behavioral Health runs a Peer-Run Support Line. Call 855-715-8255 Mon to Fri 3 to 7 pm.
Watch our latest Comcast Newsmakers (June, 2012)
Ruth Z Deming, MGPGP, director, on Comcast Newsmakers
Please make your donation today! Who else but New Directions writes newspaper editorials to help combat stigma and educate the public. See selection of articles.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit & rely on your generous contributions to serve you. To make a secure, tax-deductible donation click PAYPAL below OR make check payable to “New Directions,” Box 181, Hatboro, PA 19040.
New Directions is registered with the United Way (Donor Choice Number 19628):
See schedule Below OR on Right under Upcoming Events. Contact us at 215-659-2366 or Compass123@comcast.net.
We meet at Abington Presbyterian Church, 1082 Old York Road (Route 611) at Susquehanna, Abington, PA 19001 on the First, Third & Fifth Tuesday of the month from 7:30 to 9:45 pm. Click for directions. Accessible via public transportion. We ask a donation of $5 per person or $8 per family.
We also meet at the Willow Grove Giant Supermarket, 315 York Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090, in an upstairs classroom on the Second & Fourth Thursdays from 10 until noon. See schedule on Right or Below. Click here for Map.
MAY MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Tues., May 7, EVENING Meeting from 7:30 to 9:45 pm. Abington Prez.
Continue to bring in items for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more.
Thurs., May 9, DAYTIME Meeting from 10 to noon at Willow Grove Giant Supermarket. Read more.
Saturday, May 11, Ruth Deming Talk on Understanding Bipolar and Depression at Doylestown Hospital Health & Wellness Center in Warrington. Read more.
Saturday, May 18, NAMI Walk at Montgomery County Community College, from 9 to noon. Read more.
Tues., May 21, Evening Meeting from 7:30 to 9:45 pm. No guest speaker. Abington Prez. Read more.
Thurs., May 23, DAYTIME Meeting from 10 to noon at Willow Grove Giant Supermarket. Read more.
UNREMITTING DEPRESSION? Contact these experts.
Our Musical Fundraiser in Brooklyn, Dec. 31, 2012. Read more.
OUR PROGRAM “SUPPORT OUR OVERSEAS TROOPS.” Read more.
AMBIEN, sleep drug, CAUTION. Read more.
ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT DEPLIN! It may help your DEPRESSION. Read on.
BLOGS BY ND MEMBERS. Process your feelings:
Jennifer is a young journalist. Read her blog here.
We’re Goalsetters! We divide into small groups – bipolar, depression, family members – and set a manageable goal for the next meeting. Peers helping peers.
SUMMERTIME and the livin’ is….Well, a cautionary note if you’re on psych meds. Lithium-users: Make sure you drink plenty of WATER. Go to ER if suddenly you feel dizzy or confused. Other drug-users: Use sunscreen if you’re on certain drugs. Check w/your doctor.
ENERGY assistance programs, such as CAP or LIHEAP. Click here.
L A B T E S T S — Does your psychiatrist order VITAL lab tests for you? We like the Mayo Clinic’s website where you can query about tests such as liver or thyroid function tests, nec’y if you are taking psychotropic meds.
NEW DIRECTIONS urges timelier treatment for vulnerable patients at Creekwood Mental Health Center. Read more.
WHAT IS Bipolar Disorder? Read this from NIMH.
MED QUESTIONS? Ask retired pharmacist Larry DiBello. Call him at 215-514-5110.
MED questions? Click here.
OUR BLOG – above – READ JUDY KROLL‘s essay “Bicycling.” Submit your own by emailing us at Compass123@comcast.net.
BOOK REVIEWS BY LINDA BARRETT and others Submit your own.
A booklist from Bipolar Disorder Significant Others.
A HEALTHIER YOU! Nutrition initiative! Overweight or tired from your meds? Make an appt w/Mary Ann Moylan, RD, LDN, CDE of Willow Grove Giant Supermarket by calling 215-784-1960. Press 1, then 4.
MAKE HEALTHY EATING a lifestyle. Read about the Beck Institute’s Diet Solution.
OUR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
- Sunday Hikes. Read why a walk in the park helps depression.
- Ada’s Wednesday Outings
- Pursue the Wonderful, things to do on your own or with your ND buddies
ESSENTIAL READING written by us!!! – Who knows better than we do?
Prepare for a great experience. Our mission is to make you feel comfortable & to answer your concerns on the same day you attend our meeting.
We ask $5 per person and $8 per family. Our large meeting consists of about 40 people.
After our announcements, we break into our small groups – Bipolar Groups, Depression groups, and a Family Member Group, all led by trained leaders.
Attention Family Members! No meeting is complete without Family Members. Greg and Carole Hodges run our Family Member Group.
Send feedback, both positive and negative, about experiences at Creekwood Mental Health Center, Willow Grove, PA or Abington Memorial Hospital ER Services to:
Rick Fullan, administrative director, mental health and geriatric services, at AMH. RFullan@amh.org OR Nancy Wieman, deputy administrator, Montgomery County Dept of Behavioral Health, Norristown, at Nwieman@montcopa.org.
Dave Mauermann, administrator at Horsham Clinic, would also like constructive criticism. Email him at Dave.Mauermann@uhsinc.com.
We encourage you to SPEAK UP about the treatment you receive. THIS IS YOUR LIFE!
Meds for life? A New Paradigm
Watch Ruth Z Deming, MGPGP, director of New Directions, on YouTube for her 2008 Comcast CN8 interview. She mentions she no longer has bipolar disorder as it often resolves itself later in life.
Meds are not forever. Half a dozen mature people in our group are no longer on meds for BP or depression.
We encourage people in their fifties and sixties to see if your own illness has resolved itself and you, too, can go off meds. Many psychiatrists are willing to work with you on this. We strongly caution you to work with your doctor.
Growing concern over psychiatric drugs. Do they work? Read Robert Whitaker’s book “Anatomy of an Epidemic.” Again, stay on your meds and talk to your doctor. Terrific interview w Whitaker about Anatomy and his other books.
Psychotherapy has often been shown to be as helpful as meds. Read article here.
MED QUESTIONS? Larry DiBello, retired pharmacist will answer your personal questions. Call Larry at 215-514-5110.
In the News
Easy Testing offers Ways to Tell What Meds Work for You.
Available at local agencies including Collaborative Care in Abington, PA.
Researchers discover manic gene, Sept, 2012
Know Your Illness
Bucks County NAMI offers classes on understanding a loved one with mental illness. Read more.
NIMH publications you can read online or download or order. You can also call them at 1-866-615-6464.
What type of Bipolar Disorder Do You Have? Learn here.
Bipolar Disorder strikes children, too. Make sure, however, your child is diagnosed correctly. Meds can damage a growing brain!
Notable InfoSites – Get on their mailing lists
Michael Walling is an expert on Social Security benefits, including those with disabilities. See his website here.
The Famous WRAP Program from Mary Ellen Copeland of VT
Attn: Family members: PLAN OF PA offers services for your adult child with disabilities. See their website.
What does a family member want? Write a Letter of Intent to provide for your child’s future when you’re no longer here.
Rachel Aviv, writer, has several fascinating essays on Mental Illness – see menu on Left
MCES offers information about suicide:
Homeless shelters: CodeBlue is a program that takes in the homeless when the temperature is below 20.
Click for CodeBlue in Montgomery County.
Click for CodeBlue in Bucks County.
Click for CodeBlue in Philadelphia.