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NAMI Family-to-Family is an educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness.

What You Should Expect

  • Meets for 12 session, 2.5 hours each, free of cost. 
  • Designed for loved ones (over age 18) of individuals living with mental illness. 
  • Taught by trained family members of individuals living with mental illness. 
  • Provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving. 
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and exercises.  

Why You Should Attend

A toolkit of information

  • Up-to-date information about  a range of mental illnesses, including co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
  • Impact of mental illness on the brain.
  • Current research on treatments including medication, side effects and evidence-based therapies.

Training in preparedness and emotional resiliency

  • Skills related to managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively.
  • Strategies for self-care including management of stress and emotional overload.
  • Guidance on locating appropriate local supports and services.

A community

Perhaps most importantly, as a participant you can gain comfort in knowing you are not alone. Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all families and individuals dealing with a mental illness. The in-person group experience of NAMI Family-to-Family 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.

The Family-to-Family Class will be offered in spring 2015.  Please check back for class locations and dates.  Please contact our office at 410-435-2600 to join our Family-to-Family interest list.


NAMI Basics is an educational program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. It covers the fundamentals of caring for yourself, for your family and for your child. 

What You Should Expect

  • Meets for six sessions, 2.5 hours each, free of cost.
  • Designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. 
  • Taught by a team of trained teachers who are family caregivers of individuals who developed symptoms of mental illness as children.
  • Provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving. 
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

 

Why You Should Attend

A toolkit of information

  • Up-to-date information on a range of mental illnesses and their impact on the brain.
  • Current research on treatments including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects.
  • Preparation for interactions with the mental health care system, school system and juvenile justice system.

Training in preparedness and emotional resiliency

  • Skills related to managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively.
  • Strategies for self-care and for navigating the challenges presented by mental illness for each family member.
  • Empowerment as an effective advocate for your child.
  • Confidence and stamina for life-long understanding and support.

A community

Perhaps most importantly, as a participant you can gain comfort in knowing you are not alone. Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all families and individuals dealing with a brain disorder. The in-person group experience of NAMI Basics 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.

The Basics education program will be offered in spring 2015.  Please check back for the class location and dates.  Please contact our office at
410-435-2600 to join the NAMI Basics interest list.


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NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Groups generally meet on a monthly basis but may meet weekly. The hallmark of a NAMI support group is leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants. 

The Family Support Group meets weekly at the following location:

Govans Boundary United Methodist Church
Every Thursday, 7-8:30 pm
5210 York Road, Baltimore MD 21212 

For more information regarding support for family members, please contact Trina Brooks, Program and Services Director, at 410-435-2600.


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