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NAMI Connection


A Vital Link To Your Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A Key To Your Recovery

Recovery on your own time, at your own pace.

Too often, mental illness is an isolating experience, accompanied by profound anxiety.  For those diagnosed with a mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or other condition, talking with someone to share coping strategies and insights, as well as problems and concerns, can be an important link in the path to recovery.  NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups offer a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness.  Each group meets weekly for 90 minutes, is offered free of charge, follows a flexible structure without an educational format, and does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies.  There is no need to register - just come when you feel like you need someone to talk to.  The groups are led by trained individuals who are in recovery themselves.  They understand your daily challenges and can offer you encouragement and support.  All groups are confidential - you can share as much or as little personal information as you wish.  Support groups should add to and not replace the treatment plan determined by you and your mental health care provider.  The groups are open to all adults with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis.  Please fell welcome to drop by and share your feelings, difficulties, or successes.  Everyone is a valued participant.  Anyone with a family member or friend with mental illness who needs support in their recovery process can encourage them to attend a support group, too.  Let them know how good it is to be with others who can say, "I've been there, I understand." 


NAMI Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Course

YOU      ARE      NOT      ALONE

For those diagnosed with a mental illness, moving toward recovery can be an anxious, life-changing experience.  Taught by people who have achieved a level of recovery in their own lives, the NAMI Peer-to-Peer recovery education course is for people with mental illness who are interested in achieving and maintaining wellness.  The course provided a full approach to recovery, including individual empowerment, family and peer support, relapse prevention, communication skills, and general health.  Participants are provided with comprehensive information on mental illness.  The course also teaches strategies for personal and interpersonal awareness, coping skills, and self-care strategies.  Classes are taught by trained mentors, or peer teachers, who are successfully managing their own conditions.  The course meets in a two-hour session once a week for nine weeks; is offered free of charge; and follows a structured format in a relaxed and confidential setting.  The course promotes effective paths to recovery and inspires a commitment to wellness.  Participants can share experiences with peers who also are working toward recovery; gain further insight into mental illness; gain knowledge of how to manage and cope with circumstances; learn to identify feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and events that can result in a possible relapse; learn how to be an active participant in any treatment plan; and learn how to strengthen interpersonal relationships.


NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

Education and Support for Families

Despite gains in treatment and opportunities for recovery, coping with the difficulties that many people encounter in caring for a relative or friend with mental illness can be difficult.  The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12-week course for the families and friends of adults living with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorder, and borderline personality disorder.  Course participants gain vital information, insight, and understanding of their loved one that many describe as life-changing.  Family-to-Family provides caregivers with communication and problem-solving techniques; coping mechanisms; and self-care skills needed to deal with their loved one's mental illness as well as its impact on the family.  The course provides insight into, and resolution of, the profound concerns experienced by families, close relatives, and friends as they strive to cope with the realities of serious mental illness.  They also learn to understand how living with these conditions affects their loved one.  The course meets weekly for 12 weeks, is offered free of charge, is taught by trained NAMI family members who have relatives with mental illness, and follows a structured format covering issues frequently faced by families dealing with mental illness.  Families learn how to become advocates for better treatments for their relatives; learn about the medication issues plus the latest treatment options; learn how to cope with the worry and stress; and take an eye-opening look inside some of today's current brain research related to mental illness.


NAMI Family Support Group

Helping People and Providing Support for Change

The NAMI Support Group invites those, who in their daily lives, live with others having severe and persistent mental illness.


NAMI In Our Own Voice

A Model of Hope and Recovery

Banishing Stereotypes . . . Claiming the Truth of Today

Despite advances in the understanding of treatment of mental illness, people who live with bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, and other severe and persistent conditions continue to face barriers in public attitudes that often deter them from engaging in recovery.  In Our Own Voice presentations enrich the audiences' understanding of how the over 58 million Americans contending with mental illness cope while also reclaiming rich and meaningful lives.  Two trained In Our Own Voice speakers share compelling and personal testimonies of living with and overcoming the challenges posed by mental illness.  Audience participation and discussion are encouraged, and a brief video with a variety of stories accompanies the presentation.  By broadening people's knowledge of mental illness, we replace misunderstanding, fear, and judgment with insight, awareness, and acceptance.  Each presentation lasts from 60 to 90 minutes, is offered free of charge, can be adapted to meet the special needs of any audience upon request, and follows a structured format covering issues frequently faced by those dealing with mental illness.  This program is ideal for human resource departments, health care providers, law enforcement professionals, the faith community, consumer groups, students, and any community or civic organization.



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