What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education Program?
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family members of individuals with severe mental illnesses.
- The course is taught by trained family members
- All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.
- Over 115,000 family members have graduated from this national program
What does the course include?
- Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
- Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
- Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
- Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
- Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
- Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
- Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
- Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
- Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services.
If you are interested in our Family-to-Family program,
please call (608) 328-9499 for more information and dates or to be on the waiting list. Someone will return your call promptly.