Family-to-Family is a free 12 session educational course for family, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness. The program is a Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) evidenced based educational course.
To Listen to Hudson Valley Talk Radio Show with
Larry Hughes “Putting a Face on Mental Illness”
which gives information on the “Family to Family”
Class and NAMI Support Group, play below.
Poughkeepsie Journal posted an article about the Family-to-Family Class. Please read for more information about our class.
- 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, 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 the 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.
Many family members describe their experience in the program as empowering, hopeful and life-changing!