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Classes & Workshops

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  Family-to-Family Education Program

NAMI Tri-Valley provides a FREE 8-week course for family caregivers of adult (age 18 and up) individuals with severe mental illnesses that discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.  The program was developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and is taught by trained family members of the NAMI Tri-Valley affiliate twice a year. 
All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.
The next 8-week session will begin September 30, and run weekly through November 18, 2023.
The classes are on Saturdays from 9:00am - 11:30am.

For Information and Registration contact:
Joyce Lombardo
Family-To-Family Education Program Coordinator
Email: jloindublin@aol.com

Course Content

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders

  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence

  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery

  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness

  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques

  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse

  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload

  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community

  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

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Suicide Prevention Workshop for Family Caregivers

NAMI Tri-Valley co-sponsors with other community organizations to host a 1-day informative educational Suicide Prevention Workshop for Family Caregivers. This workshop is at no cost.

This free workshop is for families that have a relative living with a mental illness and at risk of suicide. You will learn about statistics, facts and basic information; how to communicate with someone that is contemplating suicide; focus on suicide risk; and the importance of practicing self-care.

The 2023 Workshop was held in August.  In 2024, we are planning to have two Suicide Prevention Workshops, one in May that will focus on adults, and another in August focusing on youth at risk.

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