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from NAMI.org
A Groundbreaking Commitment to Psychiatric Research After receiving a $650 million gift The Broad Institute is set to try and find the genetic causes of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.
Helping Young People Share Their Experiences and Find Support
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: The Time for Action Is Now
Promise and Patience in Understanding the Brain
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Family-to-Family Education Course

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well being.  The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it’s like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders. 

Families will receive current information on serious mental illnesses, learn about medications, side effects and evidence-based treatments; gain increased understanding of the lived experience of mental illness (empathy); practice problem-solving skills and communication techniques; develop strategies for handling crises and relapses; review local community services and supports; focus on self-care and coping with stress.

There is no cost to participate in the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program and confidentiality will be maintained. Over 200,000 people in the U.S., Canada and Mexico have completed this course.

There are still slots available for classes starting in August -- but they fill fast.  To pre-register,  provide contact information -- name, phone, email, etc. -- via email to fam2fam@namiadco.org or leave a voice message at 303-991-7688.  Seats are limited, so don't delay.

Next two weekly class series: begin on Tuesday and Thursday , August 26 and 28, 2014

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FREE for family members, partners, and friends of individuals with: 

Major Depression

Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)

Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Co-occurring Brain Disorders and Addictive Disorders

Panic Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The following comments are from family members/caregivers who have completed the 12-week Family-to-Family Education Course: 

  • Excellent course. It helps to understand the mental illness and its effect on my stepdaughter.  Understanding helps me to be more empathetic to her situation.  Hearing other people’s stories makes us realize we are not alone.
  • I came through the front doors of the "Family-to-Family class location" feeling desperate.  I didn't know where to turn to get help for my son.  Every day I was watching him waste away consumed by the devastating illness of schizophrenia.  I felt helpless. Now I am full of hope, I am beginning to communicate with him more.  I understand much better about the challenges he has been facing and dealing with 24/7. 
  • “Knowledge is power.  This class has given me the ability to be a part of my son’s treatment, and not part of his problem.  I no longer have the fear that I carried before taking this class.” 
  • This has been extremely helpful.  It has helped us put our situation into a healthy perspective; we have learned a huge amount about mental illnesses.  Also, what we gained from this class had a direct and positive impact on our relationship with our consumer family member.


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