NAMI Homefront classes are offered “live” both in person and in an online format.
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What Is NAMI Homefront?
NAMI Homefront is a free course for family, caregivers, and friends of military Service Members and Veterans who have symptoms of mental health conditions.
NAMI Homefront is adapted from NAMI’s Family-to-Family education program, which was designated an evidence-based practice in 2013 by SAMHSA. NAMI Homefront reflects the unique needs of and resources available to the military community.
If you are a spouse, partner, sibling, parent, significant other, or adult son or daughter of a Service Member or Veteran who has been diagnosed with or is experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition, you are welcome to attend the course.
What Illnesses are Discussed in NAMI Homefront?
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Major depressive disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders
Tell Me More About the Course
- We’ll meet for 6 sessions. Each session is 2.5 hours.
- The course is taught by trained family members of Service Members/Veterans living with mental illness. They know what you’re going through.
- This course is geared specifically toward family and friends of Service Members and Veterans, including the language and terminology we use. 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.
- 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
- Information about treatment service systems
- Guidance on crisis preparation and self-care
- And more…
Please note: More than one-third of all people who abuse alcohol and more than one-half of all people who abuse drugs are also battling mental illness. If your loved one’s primary problem is alcoholism, substance abuse, or 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.