Peer to Peer:

Are you living with intrusive or distressing feelings and behaviors that interfere with your everday life? Have you been diagnosed with a mental illness? Are you interested in learning about strategies that focus on achieving and maintaining wellness? The NAMI Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Course can help if you are experiencing poblematic anxiety and/or panic responses, major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar diagnosis, borderline personality diagnosis, co-occuring substance use/addiction, or post-traumatic stress (PTSD).

Comprehensive information is provided in a collaborative, confidential setting. Topics include stategies for personal and relational awareness, mindfulness, communication and coping skills, self-care, dealing with stigma, empowerment, and advocacy. Trained peer mentors will teach this class, which follows a structured format patterned after an evidence-based recovery model. Classes consist of ten weekly sessions. There is no charge. For more information, contact us at (909) 399-0305.

 

Family to Family:

A 12 week course for family members and caregivers of individuals afflicted with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Teachers are trained family members guided by a curriculum prepared and regularly updated by the national offices of NAMI. The course covers research to date on causes of mental illness, plus treatment and recovery programs as well as communication and coping skills. For more information, call (909)399-0305.

NAMI Basics

The fundamentals of caring for you, your family, and your child with mental illness.

This is a peer-education program for parents and other caregivers (such as foster parents) of children and adolescents with mental illness. This program is not appropriate for mental health professionals, and is taught by trained teachers who are the parents or other caregivers of individuals who developed symptoms before age 13.

This class is held one night a week for six weeks. Classes are free of charge, including instructional materials. For more information, call (909)399-0305.

 

In Our Own Voice:

Individuals with mental illness give panel presentations to the larger commuinity, sharing their experience of mental illness. They tell of the challenges, hopes, setbacks, and successes involved. They inform and they exemplify the potential for recovery of individuals afflicted with mental illness. In Our Own Voice shatters stereotypes about people with severe mental illnesses. Please contact (909) 625-2383 for more information.

 

Ending the Silence

         

NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) is a 50-minute mental health awareness program for high school age youth. Teens learn how to recognize the early warning signs of mental illness and what to do if they or someone they know is exhibiting these signs. NAMI Ending the Silence instills a message of hope and recovery and encourages teens to reduce stigma and end the silence surrounding mental illness.

How Does the Program Work?

  • Presented in health, science or psychology classes, youth groups, clubs and after-school programs.
  • Delivered by a trained two-person team, one of whom is a young adult living in recovery with a mental health condition.
  • Includes presenter stories, educational slides, videos and discussion.
  • Provides teens with resources and tools to help themselves, friends or family members who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
  • ETS reduces stigma through:
    • Education—provides accurate information about mental illness to promote understanding and dispel myths.
    • Personal contact—puts a human face to mental illness and provides hope that recovery is possible.

 

Parents and Teachers as Allies

There is a vital need for early identification of Mental Illness.  NAMI PV is at work in this area also, with Parents &Teachers as Allies (P&TA), a program developed by NAMI-National designed to partner us with schools to improve the lives of students.

The overwhelming majority of children and adolescents with mental illnesses fail to be identified and linked with services, often with tragic and avoidable consequences. Research supports early identification. NAMI has recognized the tremendous value of having parents and school professionals working together as allies. Many school professionals lack an understanding of early onset mental illnesses and NAMI

The in-service program offered to parents, teachers and other school professionals covers the following:

  • Keys to early recognition and links to appropriate evaluation and services.
  • Understanding family reactions to mental illnesses and guidelines for helping families.
  • Navigating the referral process and linking services as allies.
  • Strengthening the alliance between parents and school professionals and provide resources for both groups.

P&TA helps parents and teachers to better support youth at risk for school failure, suicide and other risk factors for unidentified or untreated mental illness. For more information, please contact us at (909)625-2383.

A new round of classes is soon to start: NAMI Basics for parents of K-12 children with a diagnosis before age 13; Peer to Peer for people with a diagnosis wanting to learn recovery steps and relapse prevention; and Family to Family in English and Spanish, geared to family members. To register and for start times and venues, please contact us at (909)399-0305.