As the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, waves of Service members are making happy reunions with their loved ones back home. But the joy can be short lived once the realities of readjustment into everyday life begin to sink in.
NAMI has partnered with Army OneSource (AOS) to provide a free nationally accredited five-course online training program, Treating the Invisible Wounds of War, designed for NAMI Family-to-Family teachers, NAMI leaders, behavioral health professionals or others who come in direct contact with Service members and their families through the course of their work. The courses build awareness and offer best practices in military culture, the impact of combat stress and deployment on children and families and PTSD.
"The more we can understand their culture and the unique problems their families face, the better we can help them readjust to a happy life in our community.”
Sign up for this important training today and help bring our local heroes the rest of the way home.
To sign up for the on-line training programs, click here and use referral code AOS-NAMI to register.
"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."
"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."
"This is the best program for families with children. It answers so many questions for parents. It can change and improve so many lives."
"This course has given me a much greater appreciation for the heroism of people
living with mental illness and for the families who love and support them."
"This program gave me a new understanding of the importance of my role in early recognition of kids with symptoms of mental illness and the urgency of early intervention on their behalf."
"I am not alone! There is a place where people understand me, are there to help me, and I feel better about myself when I help someone else.
I can get involved in NAMI Connection and make a difference!"
"Using the support group model is so essential to the success of our family support groups. Without the training, networking, and support of the group members I fear that support groups would become nothing more than "cry" sessions or “gripe” sessions. As a group the collective wisdom covered a lot of possibilities towards the issues."
"The reason why this program is such a valuable resource for us is that it puts a human face on people who are living successfully with a mental illness."
"This course has literally been a life saver. It has opened my eyes to better understanding my illness and methods of recovery I did not know about before taking the course."
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Support Our Troops and Their Families: Implementing NAMI Family-to-Family at Your VHA Facility
Sharing best strategies to increase the number of families of Veterans in Family-to-Family classes
Acheiving local coordination between a NAMI affiliate and a VHA facility to set up a Family-to-Family plan.
Veterans Join NAMI Connection: A Successfull Collaboration Makes it Happen!
Please note that due to technical difficulties, the first 10 minutes of this recording are not of very high quality.
Families of Veterans Participate in a F2F "Class 13" on PTSD
Pulling it All Together: Creating a Veterans Mental Health Council
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If you are working with a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facility, you can also request the Veteran-specific version of this brochure.
Contact the NAMI Affiliate nearest you to learn more about programs offered in your local community.
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