NAMI Family-to-Family is a free twelve-week course for family caregivers of individuals with mental illnesses. NAMI-trained family members teach the course and all materials are free for class participants.

 

The curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and borderline personality disorder, with a new resource on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The course discusses treatment for these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope with the challenges of living with a relative with a mental illness.

What You Should Expect 
  • Meet for 12 sessions, 2.5 hours each, free of cost.

 

  • Designed for loved ones (over age 18) of individuals living with mental illness.

 

  • Taught by trained family members of individuals living with mental illness.

 

  • Provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving.

 

  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and exercises. 

 

  • Designated an Evidence-Based Practice in 2013 by SAMHSA.

Why You Should Attend

A toolkit of information

 

  • Up-to-date information about  a range of mental illnesses, including co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

  • impact of mental illness on the brain.

 

  • Current research on treatments including medication, side effects and evidence-based therapies.

 

 

Training in preparedness and emotional resiliency

 

  • Skills related to managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively.

 

  • Strategies for self-care including management of stress and emotional overload.

 

  • Guidance on locating appropriate local supports and services.

 

A community

 

Perhaps most importantly, as a participant you can gain comfort in knowing you are not alone. Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all families and individuals dealing with a mental illness. The in-person group experience of NAMI Family-to-Family provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.

 

In 2013 the NAMI Family-to-Family program was included in the  National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).  NREPP is an evidence-based repository and review system managed by the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  All interventions in the registry have met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review. The programs’ effects on individual outcomes have been independently assessed and rated by certified NREPP reviewers.

The Family-to-Family program is also recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, said to “significantly” improve coping and problem-solving abilities of family members of individuals living with mental illness. The National Institute of Mental Health also references the study on their website.

New six-week session on mental health education starts this October. Register today! 

 

Contact Us

Hanko Building

8511 Legation Road

New Carrollton, MD 20784 

Office: (301) 429-0970  

Fax:  (301) 429-0971 

Email: nami.pgcmd1@gmail.com 

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