NAMI Williamsburg periodically offers the Family-to-Family class, an educational program for families and friends of those suffering from mental illness. Contact us for information on the next class or other locations offering the program.
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.