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Family Programs

  • NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Groups generally meet on a monthly basis but may meet weekly. The hallmark of a NAMI support group is leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants.

What You Should Expect:

  • Meets monthly or weekly for 90-minute sessions free of charge.
  • Designed for loved ones (18 and over) of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Facilitated by a trained team of family members of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Confidential — share as much or as little personal information as you want.
  • Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies for your family member.
  • Guided by Principles of Support.

For information about the NAMI Family Support Group in your area, call (601) 899-9058.

 

What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program?

The Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12 class course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained family members and provides: current information on the major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and others; information about medications; strategies for handling crises and relapse; and most of all, how to cope successfully with a major challenge in your life, which will in turn allow you to best support your mentally ill loved one to work toward recovery.

What You Should Expect:

  • Meets for 12 sessions, 2.5 hours each, free of cost.
  • Designed for loved ones (over age 18) of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Taught by trained family members of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving.
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and exercises.
  • Designated an Evidence Based Practice in 2013 by SAMHSA.

Please contact the Education Program Director at (601) 899-9058 or education@namims.org to request to be notified when the next course is scheduled.

What is NAMI Basics?

NAMI Basics is signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours. The course and all instruction materials are free to participants.

What You Should Expect:

  • Meets for six sessions, 2.5 hours each, free of cost.
  • Designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness.
  • Taught by a team of trained teachers who are family caregivers of individuals who developed symptoms of mental illness as children.
  • Provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving.
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and interactive exercises

Please contact the Education Program Director at (601) 899-9058 or education@namims.org to request to be notified when the next course is scheduled.

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