A unique ten-week class that allows participants living with any serious mental illness to explore mental health issues, learn about the major brain disorders and brain function, and develop coping skills from people like you. Socialize with others who have experienced similar challenges. Call (209) 789-NAMI (6264) with questions or to register offline.
Week 1: Introduces participants to NAMI, the course structure and contents, and to each other.
Week 2: Creates ground rules, emphasizes class values, and introduces key concepts.
Week 3: Provides basic information about brain functioning and brain research. Stresses the concept that mental illnesses have a biological component, and in doing so, removes the burden of shame and blame.
Week 4: Offers participants the opportunity to share lived experiences in an atmosphere of safety and support.
Week 5: Provides basic information on schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, schizo-affective disorder, and borderline personality disorder.
Week 6: Provides basic information on generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dual diagnosis is also covered here.
Week 7: Strengthens coping skills. Emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and self-knowledge. Introduces a constellation of emotions and the urges associated with them.
Week 8: Provides information and resources on suicide and prevention; helps participants feel safe discussing this sensitive topic; and provides support around the issue. Emphasizes the importance of peer support in recovery. Provides a tool for making difficult decisions.
Week 9: Exposes participants to the family’s perspective on mental illness. Examines the value of family and peer support in recovery. And examines the elements of positive patient/provider relationships.
Week 10: Provides a sense of closure for the course, graduation, and celebration!
Please note: Facilitators are not counselors and do not recommend health care providers, treatment programs, or medications. However, they will direct participants to mental health resources available throughout Merced County.