The Family-to-Family Education Program is for families of individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. Family members learn the skills they need when faced with the problems of mental illness in a loved one. The program, distributed and supported by NAMI National, balances education and skill-training with self-care, emotional support, and empowerment. The 12-session program is taught by trained volunteers and is at no cost to participants. This is one of the most important programs offered by NAMI. Over 100,000 family members across the country have taken this course.
For the past three years, the local Family-to-Family course has been coordinated by Bob and Lou Carman, generous NAMI members who are moving from the community in 2005. We will miss them and their unselfish dedication to local NAMI programs. The education program will continue with classes beginning in March 2006. Recently-trained instructors, Cathy Korinek, Lee and Al Strickholm, will be conducting the 12 weekly sessions. If you know of anyone who you think might benefit from this course, call the Strickholms at 812-339-5440 or Cathy at 812-339-6168.