NAMI Family & Friends is a 4-hour information session for anyone who has a loved one struggling with anxiety, depression, psychosis, harmful thoughts, or related challenges. Topics covered include warning signs and symptoms; treatment and wellness options; introduction to medications and the brain; communication skills and self-care strategies. You will hear from other family members and what they have done to support their loved ones, while maintaining their own well-being.
Free of charge with lunch included.
Next session: February 2020, details coming soon! Join our interest list to be contacted for more information.
When a family member, friend, or significant other has a mental health condition or is exhibiting signs of mental distress, connecting to information and support is invaluable. The Family-to-Family provides a wealth of information and resources led by trained facilitators who experience a mental health condition(s) in their family. Think of this course as a road map with the added support and insight from other families.
Family-to-Family Offers Participants:
Current information on anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, co-occurring substance misuse, and related conditions
A variety of therapeutic and treatment options; medications and how they work; complementary health approaches; and rehabilitation and recovery supports
Workshops on problem solving, communication strategies, handling crises, and self-care with a focus
on stress reduction
How to locate and navigate supports and services
A supportive facilitator team who will listen, guide discussion, and offer insight and resources
“From day one, I've been better at communicating with my loved one who is living with mental illnesses. It has reduced a lot of stress and stigma by attending this class.”
“NAMI Family-to-Family is packed full of information, educating us along the way to so many aspects within the mental health system to help us better understand our loved ones and support them in a healthy way. It has been a valuable resource for me during my time of crisis and, when not in crisis, providing a safe environment for me to share and feel supported and learn from others. It has been a lifesaver – a place to cry and laugh and make new friends.”