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A course for family, caregivers,
and friends of military Service Members and
Veterans living with mental illness.

*Weather Policy*
In the case of severe weather the day of a scheduled class or event, please call the office at (513) 351-3500 for cancellation updates.

Upcoming Classes- Fall 2014




Sept.17-Oct.22, 2014
6:30 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
Anderson Senior Center
7970 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45255
Map and Directions

If you are unable to attend any of the classes on the current schedule, register for the waiting list and you will be contacted as new classes are arranged.


Register for the waiting list. 


What is NAMI's Homefront program?

NAMI Homefront is a FREE course for family, caregivers, and friends of military Service Members and Veterans living with mental illness.

NAMI Homefront is adapted from NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education Program, which was designated an Evidence-Based Practice in 2013 by SAMHSA.

If you are a spouse, partner, sibling, parent, significant other, or adult (over 18) son or daughter of a Service Member or Veteran who has been diagnosed with or is experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition, you are welcome to attend the course.

Please note: The course is designed to meet the needs of Service Members’ and Veterans’ family members and caregivers, not the Service Members/Veterans themselves.

What illnesses are discussed in NAMI’s Homefront program?

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders

Tell me more about the course.

  • We’ll meet for 6 sessions. Each session is 2.5 hours.

  • The course is taught by trained family members of Service Members/Veterans living with mental illness. They know what you’re going through.

  • This course is geared specifically toward families and friends of Service Members and Veterans, including the language and terminology we use. You may hear terms like "chaptered out," CHU, MEDHOLD, "battlemind skills," and other terms unique to the military.

  • You’ll learn skills related to managing crises, solving problems, and communicating effecitvely.

  • We’ll share strategies for self-care including stress management and handling emotional overload.

  • We’ll offer guidance on locating appropriate federal, state and local supports and services.
  • You'll feel compassion and mutual support from others who relate to your experiences.

What does the course include?

Class 1: Introduction to Family Education

  • The Stigma of Mental Illness and the Military Culture

  • The Bio-Psycho-Social Dimensions of Mental Illness

  • Predictable Stages of Emotional Reactions Among Family Members

  • Positive and Negative Symptoms of Mental Illness


Class 2: The Biology of Mental Illness and Getting a Diagnosis

  • The Biology of Mental Illness

  • Critical Periods in Mental Illness

  • Crisis File

  • Stories


Class 3: Understanding Trauma, Overview of the Diagnoses

  • Understanding Trauma

  • Overview of the Most Common Diagnoses


Class 4: Treatment Services and Crisis Management

  • Treatment Overview

  • Treatment Service Systems

  • Psychotherapy

  • Medications and How They Work


Class 5: Crisis Preparation and Communication Skills

  • Empathy Exercise

  • Crisis Preparation and Response

  • Communication Skills

  • Problem-Solving Skills


Class 6: Family Roles, Recovery and Self-Care

  • Life Challenges Unique to Various Family Roles

  • Self-Care: Talking About Our Hidden Feelings

  • Support Groups

Please note: More than one-third of all people who abuse alcohol and more than one-half of all people who abuse drugs are also battling mental illness.

If your loved one’s primary problem is alcoholism, substance abuse or criminal behavior not related in any way to a diagnosis of mental illness, or physical/sexual abuse in the family, the course is not appropriate. Please contact our Information and Referral Line at (513) 351-3500 for referral to an appropriate mental health/community service agency.


National Alliance on Mental Illness of Hamilton County
 4790 Red Bank Expressway • Suite 218  Cincinnati, OH 45227
p 513.351.3500 • f 513.351.6352

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