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
- Rehabilitation; services available
- Advocacy: fighting stigma
- Celebration & certification ceremony
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.
- 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
The class will be taught by long-time Family-to-Family teacher Suzanne Wiese and new NAMI volunteer Dr. Lloyd Kilmer. Both teachers have experience with military and veterans issues. They also have direct experience with loved ones living with a serious mental health condition, so they understand the challenges you may now be facing.
Help us Spread the Word about this class:
NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is working directly with the Veterans Administration in Iowa City and other area veterans organizations to spread the word about this new class offering. We’d be happy to give a short presentation to your organization. Please contact Education Coordinator Vicki Walters firstname.lastname@example.org