Have you heard about NAMI NC?
The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a number of free support and education programs to assist individuals and families with understanding and coping with mental illness.
NAMI North Carolina...an active, caring, friendly group dedicated to support, education, and advocacy on behalf of persons with mental illnesses. Our members are individuals, family and friends, mental health professionals, policy makers, and others who are concerned and want to help.
Family-to-Family Education Program
The Family-to-Family Education Program is a Free 12 session course on mental illness that includes ways to understand the illness and how to help the person who has the illness. It also helps the family overcome the difficulties of living with severe mental illness.The 12 week curriculum focuses on five major psychiatric illnesses (Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, Major Depression, Obsessive Compulsive disorder, and Panic disorder).This highly effective and widely praised education course developed by NAMI member Dr. Joyce Burland of Vermont has been attended by more than 3200 family members across North Carolina. An important aspect of the course is that it is taught by specially trained family members who have “been there”.
In Our Own Voice (IOOV)
In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a Free, unique, informational outreach program developed by NAMI that offers insight into the recovery now possible for people with severe mental illness.In Our Own Voice shows how people with serious mental illnesses cope with the realities of their disorders while recovering and reclaiming productive lives with meaning and dignity. Additionally, the program provides a safe way for consumers to share the ups and downs of their recovery and learn from others.
The Peer-to-Peer Education Program
The Peer-to-Peer Education Program is a Free 9 session course that is taught by a team of three trained “Mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.Mentors are trained in weekend-long training sessions, supplied with teaching manuals, and are paid a stipend for each course they teach.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; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.
The NAMI Support Groups
NAMI affiliates know that effective support groups are a key facet of NAMI’s grassroots organization.The NAMI Support Group is Free. The Support Group model offers a set of key structures and group processes for facilitators to use in common support group scenarios. These structures come with clear guidelines to follow; used together, they encourage full group participation in support group meetings. The structures of the new model feel comfortable for both seasoned and less-experienced facilitators because they guide the support group along in every situation.
NAMI Connection is a Free recovery support group program for adults living with mental illness that is expanding in communities throughout the country. These groups provide a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.NAMI Connection groups offer a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness. Each group is run by two trained facilitators, meets for 90 minutes a week, is offered free of charge, follows a flexible structure without an educational format, does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies and areconfidential – participants can share as much or as little personal information as they wish.Connection facilitators must be adults living with a serious mental illness, currently in recovery, and they must have a good self-knowledge of their illness and their own recovery process. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator and are willing to offer a Connection Support Group in your community for at least a year, please contact Brenda Piper – 800-451-9682 or email@example.com.
The new NAMI BASICS program is a Free 6 week course for parents or direct caregivers of children who show symptoms of a mental illness before the age of 13 (no matter what age they are now). Development of this program was based on the success of other NAMI signature education programs for consumers and families available across the country.This course teaches the parent that mental illness is a biological brain disorder and covers ADHD, ODD, CD, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia, OCD and Substance Use Disorders. Participants will also learn about available treatments, systems involved with your child, skills to use within the family to help improve communication, problem solving, handling challenging behavior, and a crisis preparation and relapse plan will be developed.
Offers support for parents of children who have severe emotional disorders (SED) through theYoung Family Network. This program also offers educational workshops and presentations by trained volunteers to parents and child-serving agency professionals to help them better understand the nature and treatment of serious emotional disorders and mental illness in children. If you are interested in a workshop, please see Empowering Workshops for more information. The Young Families Program also puts out a quarterly newsletter, Insights, to pass along news and information of special interest to young families.
For information about Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, IOOV, or NAMI Support Groups contact Brenda Piper, Program Director, at 1-800-451-9682 (NC only) or 919-788-0801.
For more information about NAMI BASICS contact Jennifer Rothman, Young Families Program Director, at 1-800-451-9682 (NC only) or 919-788-0801 or firstname.lastname@example.org