What is the
Education program taught by trained family members.† It is a NAMI signature program.
instruction and course materials are free to class participants.
What does the
Current information about schizophrenia, major
depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive
disorder, borderline personality disorder, co-occurring brain disorders and
Up-to-date information about medications, side
effects and strategies for medication adherence.
Current research related to the biology of brain
disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote
Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective,
lived experience of a person with mental illness.
Learning in special workshops for problem
solving, listening and communication techniques.
Acquiring strategies for handling crises and
Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with
worry, stress, and emotional overload.
Guidance on locating appropriate supports and
services within the community.
Information on advocacy initiatives designed to
improve and expand services.