Similar to the NAMI Family-to-Family Class, NAMI Family & Friends offers information to those taking care of or involved with someone who has a mental illness. NAMI Family & Friends is a 90-minute session. Participants learn about diagnosis and recovery, effective communication strategies, the importance of self-care, and community resources available to help their loved one, as well as to gain support for themselves.
In partnership with these educational opportunities, NAMI WC offers a support group for parents and caregivers for those living with mental illness. Peer-led this support group helps parent and caregivers gain insight from challenges and successes, gain hope for the future, and develop supportive relationships. This group is a place where voice is heard and provides an opportunity for personal needs to be met. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion, and a sense of community.
Additional community education offerings include Hope Connections, a support group for adults who have suffered a loss to suicide, Question, Persuade, Respond (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training, designed to teach professionals and community members the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond, and Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement officers throughout Washington County. CIT creates connections between law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency services and individuals with mental illness and their families. Through collaborative community partnerships and intensive training, CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis and ensures officer and community safety.