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Family to Family



Dates:  Thursday, January 11, 2018 – March 29, 2018

Time:  5:30 pm – 08:00 pm

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


For questions or more information contact: or call affiliate phone (309) 287-9913

NOTE:  It IS allowable to re-take the class!

NOTE:  This class is for caregivers only and not for individuals that are diagnosed with a mental health condition

To register online click here:  REGISTER

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

  • The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-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


A tribute video containing moving testimonials about the NAMI Family-to-Family program from family members and course instructors.

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


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