As part of NAMI Dubuque's mission to educate the community about Mental Illness, the following programs are offered to the public.
Family to Family
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses). The Course is taught by trained family members. All instruction and course materials are free for class participants. The Family-to-Family curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.
Peer-to-Peer: NAMI's Recovery Curriculum
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 is free and 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. Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources" an advance directive; a "relapse prevention plan" to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; survival skills for working with providers and the general public.
NAMI Dubuque offers both mental health professionals and persons with lived experience to speak to organizations in the Tri-State area. This program is a great way to gain insight into issues concerning mental illness from both professionals who work in the mental health field and persons with personal experience dealing with mental health issues.
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