These NAMI classes are no cost and led by NAMI-trained individuals with lived experience who can understand what you are going through.

BASICS

An educational program specifically for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents experiencing mental health challenges.  Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents. 

Overview

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 You Should Know

  • No cost to participants
  • Open to parents and family caregivers of people younger than 22 who are experiencing mental health challenges
  • Meets for 6 sessions
  • Typically offered twice per year

What You'll Gain

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

What People are Saying

For additional information on this program, or any of NAMI Rochester’s other offerings, please email us at info@namirochester.org or call (585) 423-1593.

 

Family-to-Family

An educational program specifically for family members and friends of adults who live with mental illness.

Overview

As a loved one of a person with mental illness, you face unique challenges:  social stereotypes and stigma, complex family dynamics, unpredictable aspects of the illness. It can be overwhelming.

Our program helps you. NAMI Family-to-Family gives you information, crucial resources and access to a community of people who relate to your experiences.

You will learn from people like you who get it, who have been there.  Trained peers will guide you to know how to better understand and support your loved one while maintaining your own and your family’s well-being. 

Locations Offered: Batavia, Lyons, Rochester (Please check the calendar for a complete listing of dates, times, and locations.)

What You Should Know

  • No cost to participants
  • Open to adult (18+) family members and friends of people who live with mental illness
  • Meets for 12 sessions
  • Typically offered twice per year
  • Taught by trained family members of people living with mental illness
  • Must pre-register

What You'll Gain

  • Practical, up-to-date information about mental health conditions
  • Understand the latest treatment options including medications
  • Discover problem solving techniques, coping strategies and communication skills
  • Learn to advocate for your family member through the mental health system
  • Find community support in a confidential setting

What People are Saying

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 thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none.

For additional information on this program, or any of NAMI Rochester’s other offerings, please email us at info@namirochester.org or call (585) 423-1593.

 

Peer-to-Peer

An educational program focused on mental health, wellness and recovery for adults experiencing a mental health challenge.

Overview

Find hope in knowing you’re not alone.  Pursuing mental health involves patience, courage and the support of others.

NAMI is here to help.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer offers information, resources and a community of support to aid you in developing your own recovery plan.  Whether you’re seeking to overcome stigma, manage tough family relationships or balance changing medical needs, the course provides the opportunity to get new ideas from others with similar experiences.

What You Should Know

  • No cost to participants
  • Open to adults (18+) living with mental health challenges
  • Meets for 10 sessions
  • Typically meets once per year
  • Guided by peers who successfully manage their own recovery and wellness
  • Must pre-register

What You'll Gain

  • Find support in a sincere, confidential setting
  • Create personalized relapse prevention plans
  • Become your own advocate
  • Improve coping and problem solving skills
  • Learn about community resources

What People are Saying

NAMI Peer-to-Peer has allowed me to take the focus off my illness and learn to balance it with the rest of my life. By engaging in recovery I am able to be more relaxed and productive both at work and home.
It made me feel I was not alone in coping with mental illness. It gave me hope that I could recover and that my life would not always be filled with chaos, and it gave me positive role models to inspire me to strive for recuperation and success in life.

For additional information on this program, or any of NAMI Rochester’s other offerings, please email us at info@namirochester.org or call (585) 423-1593.

 

Homefront

An educational program specifically for loved ones of military Service Members and Veterans who experience symptoms of a mental health condition. 

Overview

When an important person in your life has a mental health condition, you face unique challenges:  complex family dynamics, social isolation and unpredictable aspects of the disorder.  It can be overwhelming. When your loved one is a member of the military or a Veteran, there can be additional complicating factors including combat injuries, post-traumatic stress and transitioning back to civilian life.

We are here for you. NAMI Homefront offers you information, resources and access to a community of people who relate to your experience.

You’ll learn from others who’ve been where you are. They’ll guide you through how to better understand and support your loved one while maintaining your own and your family’s well-being.

What You Should Know

  • No cost to participants
  • Open to adult loved ones of military Service Members or Veterans experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition
  • Meets for 6 sessions
  • Typically meets once per year
  • Taught by trained family members of Service Members and Veterans living with mental health conditions
  • Must pre-register

What You'll Gain

  • Practical, up-to-date information about mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and substance abuse
  • Understand the latest treatment options, including evidence-based therapies and medications
  • Discover problem-solving techniques, coping strategies and communication skills
  • Find community support in a confidential setting

What People are Saying

You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.
— Mother of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA clinic

For additional information on this program, or any of NAMI Rochester’s other offerings, please email us at info@namirochester.org or call (585) 423-1593.