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 Montgomery County PA 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 led by trained family members who have lived with this experience and is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. 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 through this course.
- Family responses to the trauma of mental illness.
- Schizophrenia, major depression, and mania: Diagnosis and dealing with critical periods.
- Depression and Bipolar subtypes; Panic disorder; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); Borderline Personality Disorder; Co-occurring brain and addictive disorders.
- The biology of the brain: Emerging scientific discoveries.
- Problem-solving workshop.
- Medication review.
- Understanding the inner experience of having a mental illness.
- Communication skills workshop.
- Self-care, relative group testimony.
- Rehabilitation, services available.
- Advocacy, fighting stigma.
- Celebration & certification ceremony.
Two Classes Currently In Session:
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 PA 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 program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses.
The program is taught by trained teachers who are also the parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties prior to age 13.
“This is such a great step by step program that walks parents every step of the way. It is as if you are holding their hand through it all.”
“The course is inclusive of almost all aspects of family and child resources. I could have spent a lifetime getting all this information on my own. I feel supported, strong and ready to go forward.”
“NAMI Basics bridges the gap. It provides help that can’t be found in a doctor’s office.”
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.
Become a Presenter: Volunteer presenters are an invaluable asset to our team! As a presenter, you would be part of a 2 person team responsible for giving the Ending the Silence presentation to local middle and high schools. If you are a young adult age 18-35 living with mental illness in recovery and want to share your story to help others and break the stigma associated with mental illness, please contact our office at 215-361-7784 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.