Below is our current Family-to-Family class schedule.
Registration opens 30 days before the class begins.
Wednesdays, September 20 – December 13, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Forest Chapel United Methodist Church
680 W. Sharon Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45240
There will be no class the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Mondays and Wednesdays, October 2 – November 8, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Mercy Health—Clermont Hospital
3000 Hospital Dr.
Batavia, OH 45103
What Is NAMI Family-to-Family?
NAMI Family-to-Family is a no-cost 12-week course for family, caregivers, and friends of individuals living with mental illness.
The course is taught by trained family members who also have loved ones living with mental illness. They get it. They know what you are going through. They’ve been there.
You’ll get up-to-date information about a range of mental illnesses, including co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders. You’ll learn skills to help you better manage crises, communicate effectively with your loved one, and care for yourself.
Perhaps most importantly, you will 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.
Tell Me More About the Course
- Meets weekly for 12 sessions. Each session is 2.5 hours.
- Taught by trained family members of individuals living with mental illness.
- Designed for loved ones (over age 18) of individuals living with mental illness.
- Designated an Evidence Based Practice in 2013 by SAMHSA.
What Does the Course Include?
- Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, 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.
- Guidance on gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person living with mental illness.
- Presentations, interactive exercises, and group discussions.
- Information on acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse.
- Focus 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
- And more…
What Others Have To Say About NAMI Family-to-Family
“Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed.”
“I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none.”