Mental illness is often misunderstood. For many, the first step is learning more about what these conditions are like and how we can be more supportive and solution focused. It is the mission of NAMI of PA Montgomery County to provide the education and tools to individuals and their family members so that they may over come stigma, identify approrpriate treatment, and manage their illness in a way that they live well in recovery.
The NAMI Family-to Family Education Program is a 12 week course for families and friends of individuals with serious mental illness. The course is taught by trained family members who have lived with this experience. All course materials are furnished at no cost to you; however, we do require registration and a commitment to attend all classes.
Many family members describe the impact of this program as life changing. Join thousands of families just like yours who have gained insight, information and understanding.
Family-to-Family Course Topics include:
1. Family responses to the trauma of mental illness.
2. Schizophrenia, major depression, and mania: Diagnosis and dealing with critical periods.
3. Depression and Bipolar subtypes; Panic disorder; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); Borderline Personality Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders.
4. The biology of the brain: Emerging scientific discoveries.
5. Problem-solving workshop.
6. Medication review.
7. Understanding the inner experience of having a mental illness.
8. Communication skills workshop.
9. Self-care, relative group testimony.
10. Rehabilitation, services available.
11. Advocacy, fighting stigma.
12. Celebration & certification ceremony.
Spring Classes Forming Now, for more information call the office at 215-361-7784.
In Our Own Voice is a free presentation by people living with mental illness. 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. Presentations are 60-90 minutes.
Groups or organizations interested in seeing a presentation are invited to call the NAMI office 215-361-7784 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police School Sessions
NAMI Montgomery County works closely with Montgomery County Emergency Services (MCES) on programs to divert persons with mental illness from the criminal justice system. One of these is the Crisis Intervention Specialist Program or “Police School.” NAMI presents In Our Own Voice at Police School twice each month.
NAMI Basics is a free, six session course for parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. The class is taught by parents or other primary caregivers who have lived similar experiences with their own children. NAMI Basics is an educational program that provides learning and practical insights for families.
100 W. Main Street, Suite 204
Lansdale, PA 19446
(parking in rear of building)
No Classes Schedule at this time. Please call 215.361.7784 or email us for more information or to be put on our First Call list! We will contact you as soon as classes are scheduled. Classes are held one evening per week 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM for 6 weeks at one or more locations in Montgomery County.
Helping middle and high schoolers understand mental illness makes a big difference. We can teach them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. NAMI Ending the Silence helps raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health conditions.
Through this free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. During an in person presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped.
If you are interested in bringing this powerful, informative presentation to your school, please contact our office at 215-361-7784 or email us at email@example.com. Schedule a presesntation today!