NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family members, significant others and care-givers of people living with mental illness (*see below). It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.
Our first class will begin Saturday, September 7, 9:00 - 11:30am! Our NAMI trained leaders - Shauna, Peggy, Rhonda and Les - are excited for the opportunity to be with you during this 12-week class. Watch for sign up details as we get closer to the class date.
What You’ll Gain
NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.
The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you'll learn about:
• How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
• Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
• Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
• Finding and using local supports and services
• Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
• Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
• The impact of mental illness on the entire family
Who May Attend
Family members and caregivers ages 18 years and older. This class is for adult persons only who are close to the consumer. If two parents are involved with the consumer, both are encouraged to attend.
Purpose and Emphasis
Education about persistent brain disorders and medications, coping skills, empathy for the ill, community resources, advocacy and self-care. The course is taught by families to families. It is not a therapy group. Participants must commit to 12 weeks.
*Class Applies To
Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, OCD, and co-occurring Brain Disorders and Addictive Disorders. (Drug abuse or alcoholism without a mental illness, brain injury, Alzheimer's, or criminal behavior without a mental disorder are not addressed in this class.)