Programs and Services
NAMI SIGNATURE PROGRAMS
NAMI Basics is a class for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.
NAMI Family-to-Family is a class for families, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. This program was designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA.
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
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.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery education course open to anyone experiencing a mental health challenge and is designed to encourage growth, healing and recovery among participants.
What does the course include?
- Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
- Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.
NAMI Family & Friends
NAMI Family & Friends is a 4-hour seminar that informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Seminar leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions in their families. The seminar will have a national limited release throughout the remainder of 2018.
PE is a class for line staff at facilities providing mental health treatment services and is designed to expand the participants’ compassion for the individuals and their families and to promote a collaborative model of care.
PE introduces mental health professionals to the unique perspectives of individuals living with mental illness and their families. You’ll develop enhanced empathy for their daily challenges and recognize the importance of including them in all aspects of the treatment process.
This program is free and consists of 15 hours of in-service training taught by a team consisting of an adult with mental illness, a family member and a mental health professional.
What You’ll Gain
- Understanding of the realities of living with mental illness
- Increased compassion for the vulnerabilities people face when seeking care
- Recognition of your critical role in the individual and family’s journey towards recovery
- Empowered view of the lasting impact your care makes
Additional Resources For Providers
NAMI and the Hospital Corporation of America have collaborated together to create Competent Caring: When Mental Illness Becomes a Traumatic Event, an educational video/DVD for continuing education training for healthcare staff. The DVD highlights the experience of an individual living with a mental illness, as well as the staff response when he seeks treatment for a mental health crisis in an emergency room setting.
NAMI SUPPORT MEETINGS
NAMI Connection is a bi-monthly recovery group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.
FSG meets bi-monthly and focuses on family members, partners and friends of individuals living with a mental illness Please see support meeting schedule for additional details.
The NAMI model operates differently than other, more traditional “share-and-care” groups in that it offers a set of key structures and group processes for facilitators to use in common support group scenarios. These structures come with clear guidelines to follow; used together, they encourage full group participation.
NAMI SIGNATURE PRESENTATIONS
WHAT YOUR AUDIENCE WILL GET:
- Free of cost to schools and communities
- NAMI Ending the Silence for Students: 50- or 90-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help
- NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families
- NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for parents and primary caregivers that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff
IOOV is a unique public education program in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.
IOOV is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.
Throughout the IOOV presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. Audience participation is an important aspect of IOOV because the more audience members become involved, the closer they come to understanding what it is like to live with a mental illness and stay in recovery.
All presentations are offered free of charge.
NAMI OUTREACH & ADVOCACY
NAMI Smarts For Advocacy
SFA is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.
What Is Hearts & Minds?
The NAMI Hearts & Minds program is an online, interactive, educational initiative promoting the idea of wellness in both mind and body. Wellness is an ongoing process of learning how to make choices that support a more successful, healthy life.
Engaging in a wellness effort can make a huge difference in the quality of your life. One study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that taking the wellness approach can result in a 17 percent decline in total medical visits and a 35 percent decline in medical visits for minor illnesses.
Wellness is about the individual; you can decide what parts of your life you would like to change and you can determine your own success.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS OFFERED BY
NAMI LUZERNE/WYOMING COUNTIES
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. YMHFA is offered in the form of an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Participants learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
INTERESTED IN REGISTERING FOR AN UPCOMING CLASS? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crisis Intervention Training
Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), is a forty (40) hour training for police officers, firefighters, EMS and other first responders. The class is designed to equip officials with additional resources to their regularly scheduled training programs and compliance certifications. This program shows first responders the benefits of working with a team of mental health professionals, law enforcement, medical personnel and other first responders. CIT provides additional options for first responders to utilize when dealing with an individual experiencing a mental health crisis.
PLEASE SEE THE CIT LINK ON OUR HOME SCREEN FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
Currently NAMI Luzerne/Wyoming County runs NAMI Connection meetings at the local VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA.