Education & Classes
Family Support Group
For family members and loved ones of persons with mental illness is held the every Tuesday of every month at Saint Stephen Lutheran Church, 612 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, Virginia. Please call 757-220-8535 or email us at info@namiwilliamsburg. Meetings begin at 7 pm.
In Our OwnVoice: Living with Mental Illness
An outstanding, FREE recovery education presentation given bypersons with mental illness. This program is appropriate for any audience and is scientifically proven to fight the stigma of the general population and perceptions of persons with mental illness. To arrange a 1-hour presentation for your group of any size please call 757-220-8535 or email info@namiwilliamsburg.
Family to Family
NAMI Williamsburg periodically offers the Family-to-Family class, an educational program for families and friends of those suffering from mental illness.
In 2014, an estimated 43.6 million U.S. adults ages 18 and over, or 18.1% of the national population, experienced a mental illness, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Still, silence and stigma surround mental illness. Families often don’t know how to react, how to help. Family-to-Family fills those gaps.
The Family To Family course emphasizes that mental illness is biological – not, say, a character fault. The class delves into the terminology, characteristics and treatments of the diseases: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. It touches on resources in the community.
The heart of Family-to-Family lies in the name. The instructors have loved ones experiencing mental illness, have taken the Family-to-Family course as students, and now, they offer up their own experiences.
Part of the course is being very comfortable talking about mental illness openly. Mental illness in a family can cause havoc but the class often catalyzes healing, as education turns to action.
NAMI Williamsburg offers free educational classes, support groups and advocacy opportunities for individuals affected by mental illness, their families and friends.
For more information, call 757-220-8535, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.namiwilliamsburg.org.
Peer to Peer
Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. Registration is FREE, but space is limited. For information about the Peer-to-Peer program call 757-220-8535 or email email@example.com.