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.
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.
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), Aberdeen and Sisseton. 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.