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TABS Chat: "Managing Our Own Mental Health as Siblings"

Date: October 27, 2021

Time: 5:00PM to 6:30PM

Location: Online - Register for Zoom Link

TABS Chat: Managing Our Own Mental Health as Siblings
October 27, 5:00-6:30 p.m. CT

Join this free, informal virtual chat hosted by Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS) to discuss the range of emotions that can come with our sibling experiences across the lifespan, and how that can impact our personal mental health.

Using her personal and professional experience, Robin Nobling, Executive Director of the Davidson County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will lead an open discussion about:

  • Building our emotional self-awareness
  • Healing from anger, resentment, and trauma
  • Understanding how sibling roles and family dynamics impact our adult lives

We’ll explore how to practice meaningful self-care that builds our resilience and helps us cope during hard times. When we address and care for our own needs, we have more capacity to support our loved ones, including our brothers and sisters with disabilities.

Speaker bio: Robin Nobling comes to the field of mental health through the direct lived experience of family members with severe and persistent mental health issues. Having to deal with this from childhood with a father and sister forced her into learning about her own self-care and taught her consideration and compassion. In her daily work, Robin shares these traits that have been the core of her resilience.

TABS is supported by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Note: Siblings and sibling supporters (parents, self-advocates, professionals) are welcome to join this chat, including those outside of TN. However, the discussion will be focused on the needs and perspectives of brothers and sisters of people with disabilities.

For accessibility information or to request an accommodation

Contact kc@vumc.org or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).