Education & Classes
Family to Family:
- The course is taught by trained family members
- All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
- Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program
This Course Includes:
- Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), 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
- Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
- Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
- Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
- Focusing 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 designed to improve and expand services
The new NAMI BASICS program is a Free 6 week course for parents or direct caregivers of children who show symptoms of a mental illness before the age of 13. This course teaches the parent that mental illness is a biological brain disorder and covers ADHD, ODD, CD, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia, OCD and Substance Use Disorders. Participants will also learn about available treatments, systems involved with your child, skills to use within the family to help improve communication, problem solving, handling challenging behavior, and a crisis preparation and relapse plan will be developed.
NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.
The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours. Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice
All instruction materials are FREE to participants.
CIT-(Crisis Intervention Training):
CIT is an international phenomenon that reflects our public policy interest in decriminalizing those with mental illness. By diverting people from jail, and getting them instead to treatment, the goals of CIT are met. NAMI NC is engaged in developing and growing CIT across the state of North Carolina, through the efforts of their local affiliates at the grassroots level.
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions. Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions. What You’ll Gain Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all people affected by mental illness. This in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and shared positive impact. You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow. NAMI Homefront teaches you how to: Manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress Develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion Identify and access federal, state and local services Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse Understand current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family What People are Saying “You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.”— Mother of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA clinic “We are still friends with everyone that was in the class. There’s always and open ear and an open heart and a shoulder to cry on if you need it.” — Father of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA hospital Sign Up for a Class – See more at: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Homefront#sthash.Zzxh5smU.dpuf
Teens & Young Adults
Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition—half develop the condition by age 14 and three quarters by age 24.
For some, experiencing the first signs can be scary and confusing. Discussing what you are going through with others is an important first step to getting help. Speaking up and asking for help is a sign of strength. You will be amazed by the support you get simply by asking.
A mental health condition isn’t your fault or your family’s fault—it develops for complicated reasons that researchers are only starting to understand. But we understand a lot about how you can live well with a mental health condition—and you have the power to take the steps necessary to improve your mental health.
Mental health services and supports are available and the earlier you access them the better. Many teens and young adults live full lives with a mental health condition. More and more teens and young adults are speaking out about their experiences and connecting with others. Check out Ok2Talk to see what others are saying. You are not alone—there are others out there going through the same things you are.
– See more at: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Teens-and-Young-Adults