Family–to–Family is a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help family members understand and support their ill relative while maintaining their own wellbeing. Volunteer teams of trained NAMI family members teach the classes. There is no fee to families taking the classes. Participants learn about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and obsessive compulsive and panic disorders.
A research study has shown that NAMI Family-to-Family improves coping and problem-solving abilities... READ PRESS RELEASE
Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. Peer-to-Peer consists of nine two-hour units and is taught by a team of three trained “Mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
NAMI Basics is a free, six-week, peer-directed education program developed specifically for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a serious mental illness/serious emotional disturbance or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed.
A research study has shown that NAMI Basics improves family communication and coping skills... READ PRESS RELEASE
In Our Own Voice
In Our Own Voice is a recovery education program in which people living with mental illness are trained to speak directly to community audiences about their experiences with brain disorders, treatment and recovery. Two people from Clackamas County who are living with mental illness are so extraordinary in their presentation that they are included in the national NAMI’s video used in this program. The educational and healing power of In Our Own Voice enriches the audience’s understanding of how people with serious mental disorders cope with the reality of their illnesses. Recovery and reclaiming productive lives is a powerful message for anyone whose life has been touched by mental illness.
Parents and Teachers as Allies
A 2-hour in-service program to help school professionals and families in the school community better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents, and how best to intervene so that youth with mental health treatment needs are linked with services.