What is NAMI Family-to-Family?
NAMI Family-to Family is a free, 12 class education program for family members of adults living with mental illness. In this program family is viewed from a broad perspective to include parents, siblings, spouses, adult sons and daughters, partners and significant others. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is I like to have a loved one living with mental illness.
What are the goals of NAMI Family-to-Family?
To provide current information about the major mental illnesses and the most current research available on the biological aspects of these illnesses
To provide the most current information on the possibilities for living in recovery, including a variety of treatment strategies currently available
To promote empathy by creating an understanding of the subjective, lived experience of a person living with mental illness
To provide specific skills training in the areas of problem solving, listening, communication techniques and handling crises and relapse
To focus on care for the caregiver such as learning to cope with worry, stress and emotional overload
To provide guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and offer tips of advocating for those supports and services
What people are saying about NAMI Family-to-Family?
“This program made a tremendous difference in my relationship with my daughter. I can’t believe how uninformed I was about mental illness. I have already referred three people for the next class.” - A Family Member
“The course has helped me to realize that my son is still inside the body that is often times hidden by the mental illness and that I am not alone in this.” - A Family Member
Our next Family to Family Educational Series will begin on
Monday, September 16 at 6pm at the
NAMI Building 525 N. Main, Oshkosh.
For information or to register, call Mary at (920) 651-1148