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 mental health conditions. Duration is 12 weeks. Cost is Free.
Our thanks to Eastern Iowa Mental Health Region for supporting Family-to-Family.
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
- Rehabilitation; services available
- Advocacy: fighting stigma
- Celebration & certification ceremony