Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session course for family caregivers of loved ones living with mental illness. It offers information about major types of mental illness, their diagnoses, their clinical treatment, and effective ways caregivers over the age of 18 years can relate to and help those loved ones. This is NAMI’s signature course, with more than 10,000 graduates nationally
Peer-to-Peer” is a free, 8-session course provided for individuals diagnosed with a serious mental illness. It is offered exclusively by teachers who have experienced good recovery from their illness. Enrollees learn about the nature and biology of brain disorders, how successful treatment works, the challenges consumers face, succeeding with medical treatment, the importance of record-keeping, and what systems affect consumers and require advocacy. NAMI brings hope and encouragement through this course.
BASICS is a 6-session course especially designed for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents diagnosed with serious mental illness. Instruction is offered on the nature and biology of brain disorders, how treatment works, on objective and subjective burdens caregivers face, why record-keeping is important, the impact of healthcare and legal systems, and how to advocate on behalf of mentally ill loved ones. Caregivers receive significant help through this course.