Do you have a parent, spouse/significant other, sibling or an adult child with mental illness? Have you been struggling to understand the diagnosis? Our FREE life-changing, courses, will provide you with answers to all your questions.

Family-to-Family Educational Program

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you'll learn about:

  • How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • The impact of mental illness on the entire family

Class Registration

Although education classes are free, pre-registration is required for them through NAMI- Piedmont Tri-County.

  • You can learn more about York County classes and registration by contacting Judy Rauppius at namiptc@gmail.com
  • You can learn more about Lancaster County classes and registration by contacting Melanie Odom at chesterptc@gmail.com 

NAMI Basics

An education program specifically for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents experiencing mental health challenges. As a caregiver of a child or adolescent with a mental health condition you face unique challenges: social stigma, complex family dynamics, navigating the school system, unpredictable aspects of these conditions. It can be overwhelming.

NAMI Basics provides you with skills, knowledge and a community of people who can relate to your experience.

You will learn from people like you, who get it, who have been there. Trained peers will guide you on how to better understand and support your child while maintaining your own well-being.

What should I know?

  • Open to parents and family caregivers of people younger than 22 who are experiencing mental health challenges
  • Meets for six seasons
  • Free of cost to participants
  • Taught by trained family members whose children experience mental health challenges
  • No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended

Why should I attend?

  • Find a community of support
  • Gain practical up-to-date information about mental health challenges
  • Learn how to effectively advocate of your child with the school and mental health systems
  • Develop problem solving and communication skills

Provider Education

A staff development program specifically for healthcare professionals who work directly with individuals living with mental illness. As a healthcare professional, it's important to understand the unique challenges experienced by the individual and their entire family when facing a mental health challenge: social isolation, complex family dynamics and the unpredictable aspects of the illness.

The presenters of the class have experiences mental illness firsthand. You will learn why a partnership with the individual and their family is important in their wellness and recovery.

NAMI Provider Education gives you the tools necessary to combine the recovery model with the medical model to better serve your clients.

What should I know?

  • Open to any adult working in the mental health field: professionals, lay professionals and administrative staff
  • Free of cost to participants
  • Meets for five sessions
  • Led by a team of individuals living with mental illness, family members and mental health professionals
  • Optional 4-hour introductory seminar

Why should I attend?

  • Gain understanding and empathy for an individual experiencing a mental health crisis and their families, especially in the areas of treatment
  • Learn to successfully apply the concept of collaboration between the individuals, their family and the mental health staff
  • Understand the predictable emotional stages individuals with mental illness and their families' experience

Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness South Carolina (NAMI SC) offers a 35 hour Crisis Intervention Training Program.  The CIT model has garnered a reputation as the preeminent method to train police officers in handling cases involving mental illness.  Officers are taught to help individuals with mental illness in crisis situations by identifying mental illness whenever possible and to direct that individual through a treatment center rather than jail.

Research has shown that the benefits of CIT training include more positive perceptions about those with mental illness, more efficient crisis response times, increased jail diversion among those with mental illness, and an improved chance of treatment continuity with community based providers.  In addition, officer injuries are greatly reduced.

All courses are certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and are FREE to the departments.

Find Help

NAMI HELPLINE
800-950-NAMI
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Text "NAMI" to 741741

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