NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 10-week course for persons who have family members who are suffering from a mental health disorder. The course is conducted by volunteers (people who also have family members suffering from a mental health disorder) who have been trained to present the curriculum. It’s designed for the family members of people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar illness, (manic depression), borderline personality disorder (BPD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or who exhibit behaviors that strongly suggest one of these diagnoses. The course is not appropriate for individuals who are themselves suffering from one of these mental health disorders.
Course Topics include:
Our emotional responses to the trauma of a mental health disorder
Symptoms and diagnosis of common mental health disorders: Schizophrenia, Depression, Bipolar Illness (Manic Depression), Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
The biology of the brain, and new research.
Coping skills; handling crisis and relapse.
Understanding what it’s like to have a mental health disorder.
Listening and communication techniques.
Problem solving and limit setting; rehabilitation.
Self-care; recognizing the normal emotional reactions to chronic worry and stress caused by mental health disorders.
Medications used to treat mental health disorders, and their side effects.
Connecting with appropriate community services and community supports.
Advocacy: Getting better services, fighting discrimination.
To learn more about the NAMI program, please read here: https://www.f2fontario.ca/