NAMI Family-to-Family is a 12-week course for families and friends of individuals with mental illness. This comprehensive course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills, and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. In 2013 NAMI Family-to-Family was added to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
What the Course Provides:
- Basic information about all major mental illnesses and their treatments including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
- Basic information about medications used to treat mental illnesses.
- Guidance on how to manage crisis and relapse.
- Workshops on problem solving and communication skills.
- Trained instructors with lived experience of supporting a family member who lives with mental illness.
- An understanding of the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder.
- Information on self-care and how to handle negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt, and grief.
- A chance to connect with other families facing similar struggles.