NAMI Northside Education

NAMI Northside is currently offering 3 classes: Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer and NAMI Basics. Scroll down for a description of the classes. All classes are FREE, but registration is required so enough materials will be available. Contact Beth Sanders for more information and check our CALENDAR for class dates.
Educational meetings are held most months on the 4th Monday (except holidays – always check our Calendar) in room 258 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Refreshments available starting at 7:00. Program begins at 7:30.

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NAMI Northside Atlanta currently offers several educational offerings serving different individuals and their needs. See what is right for you!

NAMI Northside Atlanta Support and Workshops

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-week course for families, partners and friends of individuals with serious mental illness taught by trained NAMI family members and caregivers of individuals living with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD and borderline personality disorder. The course goal is to guide family members to emotional understanding, healing, insight and action. Allowing family members to move at their own emotional pace means we do not push the “intellectual/cognitive” learning (head) part of the course, but rather pay attention to the integration of self-selected knowledge and “emotional understanding” (heart).

Described by many family members as life-changing, this course provides caregivers with communication and problems-solving techniques, coping strategies and the self-care skills needed to deal with their loved one’s mental illness as well as the impact on their family.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a unique experiential learning program for people with mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their recovery.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery.

Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions and informative videos. However, as with all NAMI programs, it does not include recommendations for treatment approaches.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a safe, confidential space. The course provides an opportunity for mutual support and growth. Experience compassion and understanding from people who relate to your experiences. This is a place to learn more about recovery in an accepting environment.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer helps you:

  • Set a vision and goals for the future
  • Partner with health care providers
  • Develop confidence for making decisions
  • Practice relaxation and stress reduction tools
  • Share your story
  • Strengthen relationships
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Learn about mental health treatment options

What People Are Saying

“I am now aware that I’m not alone. I’d like to become more involved with NAMI and advocacy.”

“I’ve really learned how to cope with my triggers better, and I’m now on the path to truly loving myself.”

“NAMI Peer-to-Peer gave me hope when I was close to giving up. I realized that things can and do get better and that my mental health condition doesn’t define me. I learned how to speak up for myself, build a strong support network and make plans for my future. I felt welcome and like I was among friends. Most importantly, I felt heard and understood.”

“I’ve learned how to communicate with my parents about what’s going on with me.”

“It was really nice being with people who understood.”

NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. 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.

  • Recognition of mental illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family
  • Sensitivity to the subjective emotional issues faced by family caregivers and well children in the family
  • Recognition of the need to help ameliorate the day-to-day objective burdens of care and management
  • Gaining confidence and stamina for what can be a lifelong role of family understanding and support
  • Empowerment of family caregivers as effective advocates for their children

The goals of the NAMI Basics course are: to give the parent/caregiver the basic information necessary to take the best possible care of their child, their family and themselves, to help the parent/caregiver cope with the impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family; to provide tools for the parent/caregiver to use even after completing the program that will assist them in making the best decisions possible for the care of the child.

Family Connections is designed by the National Educational Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) specifically for family members who have a loved one with BPD. The primary purpose of the course is to help improve family members quality of life through education and family skills. Modeled after the highly successful National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family course. Family Connections covers current research on BPD, evidence-based therapy skills, relationships and communication, validation skills, problem management skills and social support.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is characterized by intense and stormy relationships, low self-esteem, self-sabotaging acts, mood fluctuations and impulsivity. The hallmark of BPD is emotional dysregulation (severe difficulty managing emotions under stress).

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