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Family Members and Caregivers

When a friend or family member develops a mental health condition, it's important to know that you're not alone. Family members and caregivers often play a large role in helping and supporting the millions of people in the U.S. who experience mental health conditions each year. Many family members and caregivers experience the same thoughts and questions you might be having now.

All Classes Are Free. Registration is Required.

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NAMI  Family-to-Family

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for families, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there and includes presentations, discussions, and interactive exercises. Visit here for a short introduction.

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NAMI Family Support Group

The NAMI Family Support group is specifically for family members and loved ones of adults with a mental health condition. It is led by NAMI-trained family members who have lived experience.

As with all other groups, this group is free and confidential. Participants share how the struggles and successes of their loved ones affect their lives. Some of the issues discussed are how to deal with the feelings of powerlessness one feels when a loved one is an adult and cannot be forced into treatment. It emphasizes partnering with loved ones to arrive at decisions made together in an atmosphere of cooperation. Facilitators and participants alike share valuable information and feedback from their own experiences.

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NAMI Family and Friends

NAMI Family & Friends is a 4-hour seminar that informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Seminar leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions in their families.

Let us know that you are interested in NAMI Family & Friends by clicking below. That will help us identify needs and allow you to sign up for emails from NAMI Lowcountry with program information.

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Please visit our National NAMI organization for more information, resources, and education on Family Members and Caregivers

"The support group facilitators and attendees were respectful of other people's experiences and were non-judgmental when there were different ways of handling things."

"Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed."

"I wish I'd known about this seven years ago when the problem began. I felt safe in this class. I was able to talk about things I haven't been comfortable expressing elsewhere."

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