NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery.

Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions and informative videos. However, as with all NAMI programs, it does not include recommendations for treatment approaches.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a safe, confidential space. The course provides an opportunity for mutual support and growth. Experience compassion and understanding from people who relate to your experiences. This is a place to learn more about recovery in an accepting environment.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer helps you

Set a vision and goals for the future

Partner with health care providers

Develop confidence for making decisions

Practice relaxation and stress reduction tools

Share your story

Strengthen relationships

Enhance communication skills

Learn about mental health treatment options

What Is NAMI Family-To-Family?

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12 class education program for family members of adults living with mental illness. In this program the term familyis viewed from a broad perspective to include parents, siblings, spouses, adult sons and daughters, partners and significant others. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. In May 2013 the program was added to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Programs.

What Does Family-To-Family Include?

Current information about the major mental illnesses and the most current research available on the biological aspects of these illnesses

Up-to-date information on the possibilities for living in recovery, including a variety of treatment strategies currently available

A class on empathy which creates an understanding of the subjective, lived experience of a person living with mental illness

Specific skills-training in the areas of problem solving, listening, communication techniques and handling crises and relapse

An overall focus on care for the caregiver such as learning to cope with worry, stress and emotional overload

Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and offer tips of advocating for those supports and services

Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services, with an emphasis on personal advocates for the parent/caregiver and child on an individual level

NAMI Basics

The fundamentals of caring for you and your child with mental illness.

NAMI BASICS is a free new education program for parents and other care givers of children/adolescents living with mental illness. NAMI drew on course elements which have been extensively tested and found to be highly effective.

These elements include:

* Recognition of mental illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family

* Sensitivity to the subjective emotional issues faced by family caregivers and well children in the family

* Recognition of the need to help reduce the day-to-day objective burdens of care and management

* Gaining confidence and stamina for what can be a life-long role of family understanding and support

* Empowerment of caregivers as effective advocates for their children

The NAMI BASICS education program includes the following components:

* Six 2 1/2 hour classes of instructional material, discussions and interactive exercises

* A section of the NAMI website dedicated to disseminating information, including informational videos and resources for the program

* In addition to the core six classes, additional topic modules will be available for independent presentations

How do I register?

Call NAMI Johnston County, NC, Inc