For Families and Caregivers
At NAMI, we believe that families and caregivers play an important role in a loved one’s recovery from mental illness. In fact, NAMI was started by two mothers who realized that their sons, who were both hospitalized for psychiatric illness, were not the only ones who needed support. They did too! These caring moms understood that dealing with mental illness can be difficult and exhausting for all involved.
NAMI offers education, support and advocacy to people living with mental illness and their families. Every program we offer is free to participants.
Click on each program to learn more.
Once you know more about your loved one’s mental illness, you’ll better understand what they’re experiencing. Our education courses are designed to help you learn about specific diagnoses and medications as well as help you discover ways to better cope with the fallout that often accompanies a mental illness diagnosis.
NAMI Family-to-Family: A 12-week course for family members and caregivers of loved ones living with mental illness.
NAMI Basics: A 6-session course for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who show signs of or have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
NAMI Homefront: A 6-session course tailored for family members and friends of Service Members and Veterans who show signs of or have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone. Someone who’s been there. Someone who gets it. Our Family Support Groups offer a safe place for you to share your concerns, hopes, fears, and joys. You will learn that you are not alone, and you’ll even discover that you can help others through your own experience.
It’s very important that we advocate on behalf of our loved ones, not just to improve the level of mental health care available but also to help eliminate stigma. In addition to legislative and similar advocacy efforts, as a family member you can help eliminate stigma, increase awareness, and encourage other families to get the help they need for themselves or their loved ones by sharing your story. Your willingness to share your experience is a powerful gift.
Parents and Teachers as Allies: A two-hour in-service program that focuses on helping school professionals and families within the school community better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents.
For more information, contact us at (513) 351-3500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.