Education & Classes
All NAMI education programs and support groups are free.
Education Programs runs various dates and times through the year.
To register for the next course, or for more information call the NAMI office at 440-639-1200 or click the links below.
For Families, Caregivers or Friends of Adults with Mental Illness
Classes meet weekly for 12 sessions. Call to register for the next session or register on line:
Family-to-Family Education is a free 12 session program for families of individuals diagnosed with mental illness, including co-occurring disorders. The program covers a review of diagnoses, problem solving, communication skills, self-care, and advocacy.Classes are not diagnosis-specific, although specific information is given. Family-to-Family focuses first on the well-being of family members, though research shows there are secondary benefits to the individual with an illness. Emphasis is on the common issues, needs, and concerns of family members.
For Families or Caregivers of Children with Mental Illness or Severe Emotional Disturbances
Classes meet weekly for 6 weeks. Call to register for the next session or register on line:
Learning your child has a mental illness can change family life profoundly. You not only deal with the illness itself but also navigating unfamiliar terrain which can be challenging.
NAMI Basics is a 6-week free education program providing an important road map to guide you during challenging times… this course gives the basic information necessary to take the best care possible of your child, as well as the rest of your family – and yourself! The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours.
For Individuals with Mental Illness
Classes meet weekly for 10 weeks. Call to register for the next session or register on line:
Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.
Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.