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Family to Family is a course designed for loved ones of adults who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.  The course consists of 12  2 ½ hour sessions taught by trained family members of people with mental illness.

Among the topics covered in Family to Family are:

  • What mental illness is, signs and symptoms and the effects mental illness has on the brain.
  • Current information on available treatment options including medications, their side-effects and other evidence-based therapies.
  • Ways to communicate effectively with your loved one, managing crisis situations and solving problems.
  • Being a caregiver for a person with a mental illness can be very stressful. Family to Family teaches self-care strategies and proper coping skills for stress management.
  • Information on relapse, local resources and services.

The entire course is free of charge.

Classes are held several times a year in communities across South Dakota. Please contact the NAMI SD office at 605-271-1871 for more information on dates, times and locations, questions or to let us know you wish to attend a future class.

Contact your local affiliate or the NAMI SD office for more information.

Pierre:  Classes are offered in the fall.  Please call 605-222-3874 to register.

Sioux Falls:  Classes are offered in fall and spring. Please call 605-610-7226 to register.

Rapid City:  Please call 605-431-0872  for more information.

Yankton:  Please call 605-661-2223 for more information.

Brookings:  Classes are offered in the spring.  Please call 605-692-8948 for more information.

Watertown:  Classes are offered in the spring.  Please call 605-882-2254 for more information.

NAMI Basics is a free, 6 class education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or who have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.  The course is usually presented in either six evening sessions or on three two-part Saturdays.

You’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they’re getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.

The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you’re going through because they’ve been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

Classes are taught in Sioux Falls (605-610-7226), Rapid City (605-791-3850), Madison and Mission.  Please call the NAMI SD office at 605-271-1871 for more information or to find out how you can become a NAMI Basics teacher.

 

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