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For Families

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

 

Check our event calendar for upcoming Family Support Group meetings

Family Support Groups meet monthly. Intended to encourage, support and empower family members and caregivers of individuals with mental illness, these groups:

  • are confidential support groups for loved ones of people living with mental illness.
  • are available free to participants.
  • give families an opportunity to join a caring group of people helping one another through their learned wisdom.
  • ensure that families are no longer alone and have a renewed sense of hope.
  • foster group discussion and interaction.
  • are led by trained volunteer facilitators who have a loved one living with mental illness
  • do not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies.

Support groups are open to any adult family member of an individual living with mental illness. We also run a support group for spouses, meeting monthly.


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What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program?

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

  • The course is taught by trained family members
  • Over 300,000 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

This class, like our other classes, requires PRE-REGISTRATION.

This class is for caregivers of adults with mental illness. If your loved one who is living with mental illness is under the age of 18, please register for NAMI Basics, below, instead.

If you would like to be added to our email distribution list for NAMI MC communication updates, please sign up here.


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What is NAMI Basics?

NAMI Basics is the new 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.   Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate the hectic schedules of parents.

All instruction materials are FREE to participants.

This class, like our other classes, requires PRE-REGISTRATION.

This class is for caregivers of children with mental illness. If your loved one who is living with mental illness is older than 18, please register for Family-to-Family, above, instead.

Our next Basics Class will be held at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church at 9601 Cedar Ln, Bethesda, MD starting Wednesday, June 13th, 2018.  If you would like to pre-register please click here.

If you would like to be added to our email distribution list for NAMI MC communication updates, please sign up here.

 



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