Next Peer-to Peer class, Wednesdays starting August 14

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an eight-session recovery-focused course for adults with mental health conditions. The next class is scheduled for Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 pm. This free and confidential opportunity offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope.

Educational Family Discussion Group

Each week from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the NAMI Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. NAMI Family to Family facilitators will lead discussions on various topics of interest to families who struggle with issues related to a family member’s mental health disorder.

NAMI Speaker Meeting, Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6:30–8:30 PM

4th Thursday evening each month (except August, November and December) 
Fellowship Club at the Mental Wellness Center, First floor, 617 Garden Street, Santa Barbara 

Morgan Cook, Manager, Employment Services, Mental Wellness Center

Employing People with Mental Health Diagnoses: Programs, Services and Benefits Implications

While a key recovery goal of many people living with mental health conditions is to achieve part time or full time employment, they may be uncertain as to how to pursue this goal and concerned about how employment might impact their health care or other benefits. The speaker will discuss federal, state and local resources available to help people preparing to enter or re-enter the work force, including those available at the Mental Wellness Center Employment Services office and other programs which can minimize impact of work on benefits. Please join us and bring all your questions about employment as there will be a question and answer session following the presentation.         

Free – Open to the Public Please join us for coffee and dessert at 6:30 PM; Program at 7:00 PM

NAMI Provides the Following Programs:

Family support groups meet weekly. Family advocate meets one-on-one by appointment to listen and to refer to community resources. Services are free.

Monthly speaker meetings. Weekly meetings on relevant mental health topics. Free 12-week Family-to-Family education seminar on understanding mental illness and coping with family issues.

Members represent NAMI's positions to public officials, mental health professionals, and community members, by communicating, attending meetings, and participating in public forums.

Next NAMI Family to Family class starts Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A free 12-week course, Family-To-Family, helps families of persons living with mental health disorders learn about serious mental health disorders – what they are and how they’re diagnosed and treated. It also helps families better understand how their ill relative experiences their illness, how to best support their relative’s recovery process and how to better cope with the impact of the mental health disorder on the entire family.  The courses are taught by specially trained and NAMI certified family members who have dealt with all the issues around mental health disorders in their own families. Past participants have found the program invaluable in helping them understand mental health disorders, learning how they affect the individual who lives with them and their family, and also how to best support both the ill individual and themselves.

The course is recommended for families of persons who are living with known or suspected mental health disorders with or without co-occurring substance abuse disorders. The class was created by an experienced family member mental health professional and is taught by specially trained and certified teachers who are also experienced family members. This nationally recognized program has been included in the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the national Department of Health and Human Services) Registry of Evidence Based Practices. For more information or to register, contact Family Advocate Ramona Winner: 884-8440, Ext. 3206.

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