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For Families

The following NAMI programs are designed to educate and support families:

Education

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with mental illnesses.

  • The course is taught by trained family members
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program
  • All instruction materials are FREE to participants.

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 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

Please check the calendar for registration and available classes

It is important to us to have a class for everyone that wants to attend, but classes do fill up quickly. Please contact NAMIQN for details about this program: Office@namiqn.org


NAMI Basics is the signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.  The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.

The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours.  All instruction materials are FREE to participants.

Please contact our office about the availability of this program: Office@namiqn.org


Support Groups

 
Sometimes the ones closest to you are the hardest to hear. It is common for communication between supporters and loved ones to become blocked, loaded with emotion, and ineffective. Sometimes it’s easier to understand and share with someone who isn’t as close to our hearts.

Please check the calendar for registration and available sessions

All are welcome but you must register before attending a group. Please contact our coordinator for details: SGC@namiqn.org


 Whole Family Support Group

NAMI’s Whole Family Support Group offers the unique opportunity to have cross dialogue between FAMILY MEMBERS AND LOVED ONES. It is common in support groups to be with other people in your position, but you don’t usually get the chance to hear from people on the other side. By getting both sides TOGETHER and hearing the perspectives of each, sympathy and empathy can be found. This group offers a groundbreaking way to increase understanding through hearing from others.

Please check the calendar for registration and available sessions

All are welcome but you must register before attending a group. Please contact our coordinator for details: SGC@namiqn.org


Co-Occuring Disorder (COD) Program

When you have both a mental health issue such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia and a substance abuse problem such as with alcohol, opioid or prescription dependency, it is called a Co-Occurring Disorder (COD). Some common examples of Co-Occurring Disorders include the combinations of major depression with cocaine addiction, borderline personality disorder with multi drug abuse, and schizophrenia with alcoholism or drug addiction.

The purpose of this free new program is to inform family members about COD and its treatment and in the family’s role in understanding and supporting their loved ones who are suffering from COD. The first half hour of each session will be instructional and present information about COD and its treatment and the remaining hour and a half will allow group participants to share their family stories and learn from each other.

The program will be led by two facilitators: Bernard Cohen, MSE (Substance Abuse Counselor) and Leonard Goldstein, MSE (Counselor for the Visually Impaired).

Please check the calendar for registration and available sessions

To learn more please contact: Office@namiqn.org

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