All NAMI Classes are free! For more information contact our office at: (901) 725-0305
With Hope in Mind (WHIM) The With Hope in Mind course provides the basic education and skill training needed to cope with the difficulties associated with caring for adult relatives who are mental health consumers. With Hope in Mind offers helpful skill-building classes, such as problem management, communication and crisis planning, and provides care givers with immediate coping skills for dealing with the different cycles of each illness. WHIM also provides the practical and emotional support needed by care providers in the mental health system. With Hope in Mind offers two components: education and support groups. Participating in both parts of the program gives family members the most benefit, but family members are welcome to take part in either or both. With Hope in Mind is a free, 8-session course taught by trained family members.
Beginnings/NAMI Basics Based on the With Hope ln Mind program, Beginnings/NAMI Basics provides a wealth of information for primary care providers of a child or adolescent with mental illness. Many primary caregivers are parents, but grandparents, aunts, uncles, respite care provider and foster parents attend Beginnings/NAMI Basics classes, too. The classes offer a safe, supportive place to share experiences and learn valuable lessons from other adults who care for children with mental disorders. ln Beginnings/NAMI Basics classes, students learn about brain biology and specific brain disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depressive Disorder, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Panic, Schizophrenia, Post- Traumatic Stress and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Additionally, students learn these essential coping skills:
- Coping and Self-Care
- Problem Management
- Advocacy and Stigma
- Organization and Record-Keeping
Beginnings is a free, 8-session course taught by NAM|-trained people who are also primary care providers for a young person with mental illness.
Breaking The Silence Breaking the Silence is a series of innovative lessons designed to put a human face on mental illness and confront the myths that reinforce the stigma and silence surrounding them. Through age appropriate lesson plans students learn:
- lt is biology, not a character flaw that causes mental illnesses.
- Mental illness has never been more treatable
- How to overcome the stigma that surrounds mental illness
The easy to use lessons are:
- For upper elementary, middle school, and high school
- Fully scripted and come with suggested activities
- Accompanied by eye catching posters or a board game
- Designed to be used for one hour or can be extended for several days
No prior knowledge of the subject required and can be taught by a class room teacher or a NAMI volunteer.
BRIDGES - For persons with a diagnosis of major mental illness. BRIDGES (Building Recovery of lndividual Dreams and Goals through Education and Support) provides education and support to mental health consumers. The world of mental disorders is difficult and confusing, especially for those directly experiencing illness. BRIDGES is designed to assist you, or someone you love, on the journey back to a sense of self and purpose. BRIDGES provides hope, information and coping skills.
Consumers trained in the BRIDGES method share common experiences and offer tools to help others build personal bridges to recovery. The Bridges classes are free and available to everyone who has a diagnosis of mental illness. Many BRIDGES courses are taught in peer support centers across the state. One consumer described Bridges this way: "We learn that we are not alone. Our experiences, when shared, can be a foundation for recovery."
NAMI HOMEFRONT - For loved ones (over age 18) of Service Members/Veterans living with mental illness. Taught by trained family members of Service Members/Veterans with mental illness, NAMI Homefront provides critical strategies related to caregiving. Incorporates presentations, discussion and exercises. NAMI Homefront is adapted from the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program and has been offered in VA clinics and hospitals thoughout the U.S. since the late 1990's.
NEW CLASSES STARTING
Support Groups will follow each 6-8 week class.
10-week Class for persons with mental health diagnosis.
Call (901) 725-0305.
With Hope in Mind 8-week Class in Ridgeway area, 6:00p-8:30p. Call (901) 725-0305.
6 Sessions, 2.5 hours each, free of cost. For more information, call (901) 725-0305.
EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS WITH GUEST SPEAKER
4th Tuesday - 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Ridgeway Baptist Church, Fireside Room, 2500 Ridgeway Rd., Memphis, TN 38119.
No meetings are held in November and December.