What Is NAMI Homefront?
NAMI Homefront is a no-cost course for family, caregivers, and friends of military Service Members and Veterans who have symptoms of mental health conditions. Trained family members of service members or veterans living with mental health conditions teach the program.
NAMI Homefront is based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program. However, it is designed to address the unique needs of and resources available to the military community.
You may attend the course if you are a:
- Significant Other
- Adult Son/Daughter
- Other Relative
- or Friend
of a Service Member or Veteran who has been diagnosed with or is experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
Tell Me More About the Course
- We’ll meet for 6 sessions. Each session is 2.5 hours.
- Trained family members of Service Members/Veterans living with mental illness teach the program. They know what you’re going through.
- This course includes language and terminology the military community uses. You may hear terms like “chaptered out,” CHU, MEDHOLD, “battlemind skills” and other terms unique to the military.
- You’ll learn skills related to managing crises, solving problems, and communicating effectively with your loved one.
- We’ll share strategies for self-care including stress management and handling emotional overload.
- We’ll offer guidance on locating appropriate federal, state and local supports and services.
- You’ll receive compassion and mutual support from others who related to your experiences.
What Does the Course Include?
- Information about the stigma of mental illness and military culture
- Information about understanding trauma
- Overviews of the most common mental illness diagnoses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression
- Information about treatment service systems
- Guidance on crisis preparation and self-care
- And more…
Please note: Many people who use alcohol or drugs are also battling mental illness. If your loved one’s primary problem is an alcohol or substance use disorder, or a criminal behavior not related in any way to a diagnosis of mental illness, or physical/sexual abuse in the family, this course is not appropriate. Please contact our Information and Referral Line at (513) 351-3500 for referral to an appropriate mental health/community service agency.