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Family-to-Family is the free 12-week family education program for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illness.

  • 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.

What does the course include?

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, 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 the 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.

Please contact your local NAMI affiliate or Wendy Burch at NAMI-NYS (518)462-2000 email wendy@naminys.org


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