NAMI Family-to-Family & Homefront

NAMI Family-to-Family is a class for families, partners and friends of individuals 18 years or older living with a mental health condition. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of a condition, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. This program was designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA, a federal agency. A nationally-developed program taught by trained volunteers who have lived experience with serious mental health conditions. Duration is 12 weeks. Cost is Free.

Course topics include:

  • Family response to trauma
  • Diagnosis & dealing with critical periods
  • The biology of the brain; emerging scientific discoveries
  • Problem solving workshop
  • Medication review
  • Understanding the inner experience of living w/ mental illness
  • Communications skills workshop
  • Self-care
  • Rehabilitation; services available
  • Advocacy: fighting stigma
  • Celebration & certification ceremony
 See the video & learn more.  Offered quarterly – please see events for schedule.

NAMI Homefront – for Service Member Families

This is an adaptation of NAMI Family-to-Family class designed for active duty and veteran service member families. NAMI and the Veterans Administration have a Memorandum of Understanding to offer this education class at no cost to family members and caregivers of an adult loved one living with a serious mental health condition.

NAMI Homefront Flier Fall 2018 @ WIU

  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

NEW – a cooperative agency group from the Rock Island Arsenal, Veterans Administration, UnityPoint and other community resources has developed this database for active duty and veterans’ assistance.