Education for Adults: The “Family-to-Family” Education Course:

Starting Thursday, September 7, 2017 NAMI-Finger Lakes will offer a free twelve-week NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program for family members who have close relatives diagnosed with:

  • Bipolar Disorder – Also Called Manic Depression
  • Major Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Dual-Diagnosis (Co-occurring Brain and Addictive Disorders)

This free series of twelve weekly classes will help family members understand and support their ill relatives while maintaining their own well-being. Class size is kept small so that everyone can share their thoughts and emotions about their own family situations, and all information is kept confidential.
Parents, siblings, spouses, adult sons and daughters, partners and significant others who are dealing with persons with severe and persistent mental illness are encourage to attend
The course is taught by trained volunteers who have ill relatives in their own families. Course participants will receive extensive handouts on mental illness symptoms, diagnosis, and medications; caretaker “self-care”; and strategies for helping and communicating with our ill relatives.
You can learn more about the course through the NAMI national Family-to-Family website.

This year’s course will meet September 7 through November 30, from 6:30 to 9PM on Thursdays, at the NAMI Finger Lakes office, 108 North Cayuga Street in Ithaca.

Preregistration and a brief meeting are required to participate. Please call 273-2462, or email

Finally, note that a recent study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health found that NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education program “significantly” improves coping and problem-solving abilities of family members of individuals living with mental illness.

See Outcomes of a Randomized Study of a Peer-Taught Family-to-Family Education Program for Mental Illness

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