NAMI FL Family to Family Begins This Fall

NAMI FL Family to Family

Beginning Sunday, November 1, 2020 NAMI-Finger Lakes will offer our free eight-week NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program online VIA ZOOM for family members who have close relatives living 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 eight weekly classes will help family members understand and support their relatives living with mental illness, 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 daughters and sons, 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 relatives in their own families living with mental illness. Course participants will receive extensive materials on mental illness symptoms, diagnosis, and medications; caretaker “self-care”; and strategies for helping and communicating with our relatives.

You can learn more about the course through the NAMI national Family-to-Family website.

This class will meet Sundays from November 1st through December 20th, 4:00-6:30 PM via ZOOM.

Pre-registration and a brief call or online meeting are required to participate. Please leave a message at 607-288-2460 or email help@namifingerlakes.org for more information.

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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