New NAMI Family & Friends Seminar

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NAMI Family & Friends is a free four-hour seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support. We’re scheduling these seminars monthly – so check our events calendar please.

What You’ll Learn
The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics.

Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery
Effective communication strategies
The importance of self-care
Crisis preparation strategies
NAMI and community resources

Additional Resources
The NAMI Family & Friends companion eBook provides important information about mental health conditions including: conditions and diagnoses, treatment and recovery, crisis planning, resources and more. You can download it for free at Amazon and Barnes & Noble where select languages are available for the Kindle, Nook and compatible ebook apps.

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Compressed Epub or Mobi files (English)
Compressed Epub or Mobi files (Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, and Vietnamese)

Thank You to these Community Partners
These seminars are possible by the generosity of our grant partners – Thank You! In Scott County: The Regional Development Authority. In Rock Island and Henry Counties: The Doris & Victor Day Foundation, The Moline Foundation, Rauch Family Foundation, and Rock Island Community Foundation.

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Now Registering for NAMI Basics

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With support of UnityPoint Robert Young Center and United Way of the Quad Cities, NAMI is able to offer this education program.

NAMI Basics is a no-cost, 6-session course for parents, foster parents, and primary caregivers of children and adolescents who have shown symptoms of a mental health condition prior to the age of 13.  This class is taught by trained parents/caregivers who have similar lived experiences with their own children, allowing families to connect, learn, and empower themselves to overcome new challenges. Learn more here

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Now Registering for NAMI Homefront

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With the support of the Rock Island Arsenal Welcome Club and the American Legion Foundation of Iowa, NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is pleased to offer this Service Member Family education program at no cost to participants.

NAMI Homefront is a six-session education program for family and friends of Military Service Members and Veterans with mental health conditions such as PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury. It focuses on the unique needs of active duty and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.

The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it is like to have a loved one living with a mental health condition.  Register here

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Now Registering Family-to-Family Classes

If you are struggling to support an adult loved one living with a mental health condition, NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley has answers. NAMI Family to Family is a no-cost education program that strengthens families’ ability to support their loved one.

We offer a free education program taught by people who understand. You’ll learn how to cope, communicate and build a stronger family that works toward recovery.

Now enrolling in 3 locations.
Bettendorf – https://bit.ly/2Ohu1sO
Geneseo – https://bit.ly/2Mnvmh6
Muscatine – https://bit.ly/2vPIJzJ

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WANTED: Volunteer Education and Support Group Facilitators

WANTED: Volunteer Instructors and Facilitators. We’re expanding classes and support groups.

Preference to NAMI Class Graduates. Must have lived experience. Please contact Education & Support Program Coordinator Vicki Walters @ education@namigmv.org to indicate interest.

  • Pre-requisite experience and criteria are listed in the applications below.
  • Application does not guarantee acceptance.
  • There is no cost to you to be trained and a volunteer teaching commitment is required.

We are currently looking for candidates in the areas of:


Family & Friends monthly seminars – existing family instructors will update credentials online


Family Support Group Facilitators – Rock Island County and a
dditional team for Scott County  

NAMI GMV Family Support Facilitator Application

 

NAMI Homefront Instructors – Rock Island and Scott Counties 

 NAMI GMV Homefront Instructor Application

 

Basics Instructors for UnityPoint Intensive Outpatient Program, Rock Island  

NAMI GMV Basics Instructor Application pdf

 

Family-to-Family Instructors: Cedar, Muscatine, Scott, Clinton & Jackson Counties   

NAMI GMV Family to Family Instructor Application

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NAMI Family-to-Family education program

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley present – NAMI Family-to-Family education program for families supporting a loved one living with a mental health condition.

Download the flier here: NAMI Family to Family. People’s Church. Summer 2018

NAMI Family-to-Family Class is free to family members and caregivers who have a loved one 18 or older living with a serious mental health condition. This is a nationally-developed program delivered locally by trained volunteers who have lived experience with mental illness.

12-week class May 31 to August 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at People’s Missionary Baptist Church, Rock Island. Registrations may be accepted through Class 2 (June 7) if space is still available.

Please register by calling NAMI office 563-386-7477 Ext. 266 (M-F 10 to 2). Instructors will call you prior to start of class.

 

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NAMI Spring Family Classes Now Registering

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley offers free nationally-developed education programs that teach families to cope, communicate and effectively advocate for a loved one living with a mental health condition.

NAMI Homefront will be held six Wednesdays evenings from April 4 to May 9 at Western Illinois University, Moline, Ill. Registration is required. Please contact NAMI by April 2 at 563-386-7477 Ext. 266. Through a national Memorandum of Understanding with the Veterans Administration, NAMI is actively working with the VA in Iowa City and Quad Cities to promote this specialized class for veteran and active-duty service member families.

NAMI Family-to-Family is program is 12 Tuesday evenings beginning April 17 at Black Hawk College, Moline. Registration opens April 3. Call the college’s PACE department at 309-796-8223. The course is designed for family members and caregivers of individuals 18 years or older living with a mental health condition. Course topics include family response to trauma, diagnosis and dealing with critical periods, problem solving, communications skills, and self-care for caregivers. The program is taught by trained family members who have lived experience.

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NAMI offers Family-to-Family Class to Help Residents of Henry County

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is pleased to offer its no-cost education program to family members and caregivers of adults – 18 years or older – living with a mental health condition. Taught by family members who have also been there – this nationally-developed course is federal-agency approved.

Download the flier here: NAMI Family to Family 2018 – Geneseo

12-week class September 4 to November 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Malachy’s Church in Geneseo. Registrations may be accepted through Class 3 (September 17) if space is still available.

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NAMI Family-to-Family Offers Hope to Caregivers

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is pleased to offer its no-cost education program to family members and caregivers of adults – 18 years or older – living with a mental health condition. Taught by family members who have also been there – this nationally developed course is federal agency approved.

Download the flier here: NAMI_Family_to_Family_Black Hawk College_Spring_2018

12-week class April 17 to July 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Black Hawk College in Moline. Registrations may be accepted through Class 2 (April 24) if space is still available.

Please register by calling BLACK HAWK COLLEGE PACE: (309) 796-8223. Instructors will call you prior to start of class. REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 3.

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NAMI offers Homefront Class for Service Member Families

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NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session program for military and veteran Service Member Families. The class is adapted from a national program designed to help family members understand and support a loved one living with a mental health condition, while maintaining their own well-being. This class specifically focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran families. The course is taught by peers — other family members who have “been there” and understand what you may now be experiencing. This course is promoted by the Veterans Administration under a national Memorandum of Understanding with NAMI. Please register and a teacher will contact you prior to the start of class. Registration Deadline is April 2 @ 2 p.m.

DOWNLOAD THE FLIER HERE: NAMI Homefront – Moline Spring 2018

The course is offered on 6 Wednesdays from April 4 to May 9 at Western Illinois University, Quad Cities Complex, 3300 River Drive in Moline, Ill.  Call NAMI to register: M-F 10 to 2 at 563-386-7477 Ext. 266.

NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:

  • Manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
  • Develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion
  • Identify and access federal, state and local services
  • Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse
  • Understand current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family
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