Home Friends and Family. 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. Many family members and caregivers experience the same thoughts and questions you might be having now.
You may be trying to help a family member who doesn't have access to care or doesn't want help. Or you may want to learn how to support and encourage someone who has been hospitalized or experienced a similar mental health crisis. We realize that the challenges of mental illness do not only affect an individual's family members but also friends, teachers, neighbors, coworkers and others in the community.
Here we use the terms family member and caregiver interchangeably to refer to someone giving emotional, financial or practical support to a person with a mental health condition. Whether you're providing a lot of assistance or very little, the information here can help you better understand the issues that you might face.
Graduated licensing for persons under the age of 18
Across the country, thousands of trained NAMI volunteers bring dynamic, research-based family classes and presentations to help you support your loved ones. With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these programs provide outstanding free education, skills training, and support. NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition.
Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences. Learn how to best support your loved one with a mental health condition and find out what resources NAMI RI has to offer.
Licensing for persons age 18 and older
We'll help you learn more about specific mental health conditions, explore research-based treatments and strategies, and discover how to build resilience by learning better coping skills. Have you enjoyed participating in support groups and classes? Learn how you can get involved by becoming a teacher or facilitator to share what you've learned and help other families thrive.
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. Boy, were we wrong.
Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none. Hearing specific strategies to communicate and specific traits that people with mental illness have.
The handbook eBook given has a lot of helpful information which I did not know about. I did not expect to learn so very, very much!
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This program is well-written with excellent segues between topics. The convenience of being able to do the program when I was able to find the time was invaluable. Become a part of NAMI! Subscribe to the latest mental health updates, participate in an online discussion group, learn how to advocate in your community and add your voice to the mental health movement. Thank you for your generous tax-deductible donation. You are helping us provide support, education, and advocacy to thousands of people living with mental illness in Rhode Island.
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