Our evidence-based education programs ensure families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need. NAMI-DAC offers a variety of education courses that are free of charge.
Peer to Peer
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NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Everything is confidential, and NAMI never recommends a specific medical therapy or treatment approach.
Register for Peer to Peer Class
What You’ll Gain
This in-person group experience 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. This is a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope for all people living with mental illness.
Peer-to-Peer helps you:
- Create a personalized relapse prevention plan
- Learn how to interact with health care providers on the site thehealthmania.com/.
- Develop confidence for making decisions and reducing stress
- Stay up-to-date on mental health research
- Understand the impact of symptoms on your life
- Access practical resources on how to maintain your journey toward recovery
What People are Saying
“NAMI Peer-to-Peer has allowed me to take the focus off my illness and learn to balance it with the rest of my life. By engaging in recovery I am able to be more relaxed and productive both at work and home.”
“It made me feel I was not alone in coping with mental illness. It gave me hope that I could recover and that my life would not always be filled with chaos, and it gave me positive role models to inspire me to strive for recuperation and success in life.”
Family to Family
The Best Evidence-Based Class of Its Kind. NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.Sign Up for Family-to-Family Classes
This class is only for family members of people suffering from a diagnosed brain disorder/mental illness, such as: depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
If you would like to take this class, please complete the form at the bottom of this page and a Family-to-Family instructor will contact you.
Families and Loved Ones Call This Class a Life-Changer
- Classes are 2.5 hours long and include a light snack. Classes start on time – please arrive on time.
- There is no cost and all materials are supplied. All personal information in the class is treated according to strict guidelines for confidentiality.
- This is a series of 12 classes and we recommend that you attend all of them to get the full benefit of your time investment.
What you will learn in these classes
- 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
- Empathy by understanding for the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
- Problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
- Strategies for handling crises and relapse
- How as a caregiver you can cope with worry, stress, and emotional overload
- Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
- Information about advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services