Free, 9-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses

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

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 9-week course for family caregivers 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 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program

To pre-register please go to: http://namilivingstonmclean.org/classes/ 

Any questions, please call affiliate NAMI Livingston/McLean Counties at 309-287-9913.

Please see the attachment for more information.

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

Dates: Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14

Time: 9:00 – 11:45 am

Where it meets:  Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 East Front Street, Bloomington, IL 61701