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Family-to-Family

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family members of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

  • The course is taught by trained family members
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
  • Over 115,000 family members have graduated from this national program

In addition, this class has been translated into Spanish.

For more information on Family-to-Family classes in your area, click here.

Course Topics Include:

    • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
    • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
    • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
    • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
    • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
    • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
    • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
    • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
    • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

    Family-To-Family Testimonials

    • "Taking the class with my husband was very important--we have learned so much together and now we're making plans to handle our issues - 2 daughters with mental illness.  We can strengthen and support each other!"
    • "Thank you so much! This has been a wonderful resource. It has helped me find other resources at critical times when they were needed. The understanding that I have gained has improved my ability to help my sister. I can hope for her to rebuild a life for herself. I now have many good tools and facts to support her in reinventing her life."
    • "The class was a tremendous help in better understanding not just the mental illness, but also what our child is going through."
    • "I am very impressed by the level of expertise and the level of commitment to helping us. I have learned so much and in that learning I feel much more connected to my bipolar daughter. I realize that her case is not hopeless and hopefully things will keep on improving!"
    • "What I have learned in 12 weeks far exceeds what I have learned in the past 20 years dealing one-on-one. I am sorry it took so long to find."

    Check out the research that is happening with Family-to-Family: Pilot study results

    For class times and locations, call NAMI Utah (801) 323-9900 or toll free 1-877-230-6264.

     

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    NAMI Utah
    1600 West 2200 South, Suite #202
    West Valley City, UT 84119
    (801) 323-9900

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