The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 11-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The nationally certified evidence-based course covers the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.

  • The course is taught by trained and nationally certified family members
     

  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
     

  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program
     

  • Only such program in North Central Florida

What people have to say

Family members who take the NAMI Family-to-Family course are better equipped to work with mental health clinicians in a collaborative manner.  My bottom-line recommendation? Take this course.  It will help you learn to cope successfully with a major challenge in your life, and that, in turn, will help your loved one as he or she works toward recovery.” 

-- Peter Weiden, M.D., author of Breakthroughs in Antipsychotic Medications

Pre-registration is required.  

Email us: family2family@namigainesville.org

Or phone us: (352)-335-7770

 

Next course set of 11 weekly classes beginning

 

Date:

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

  Location: 

Community Foundation of North Central Florida

3919 W. Newberry Road #3, Gainesville, FL 32607

Time:

6:30-9:00pm

 

What does the course 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