|NAMI offers an array of education and training programs and services for consumers, family members, providers and the general public. These programs draw on the experience of mental health consumers and family members who have learned to live well with their illnesses and are eager to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators.
The public has many misconceptions about mental illness. One of these misconceptions is the basic definition of mental illness. NAMI Rhode Island bases the definition of mental illness on the latest research stating that serious mental illnesses are biological brain disorders. NAMI Rhode Island provides brochures that explain various illnesses and treatments.
Click the Heart to read NAMI R.I. Director Chaz Gross's essay -
The Heart of the Challenge:
Providing Public Education Regarding Mental Illness
Contact NAMI RI for more information about programs and schedules at 401-331-3060.
Family to Family | Inside Mental Illness | Peer to Peer
Family to Family
A free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. This is a comprehensive course that helps family members and caregivers better understand and cope with serious brain disorders. <more>
If you are interested in taking the Family to Family course, please contact: NAMI-RI Office 401-331-3060
Inside Mental Illness <TOP>
Inside Mental Illness is a free educational program for students, parents, teachers and the community. The program has been designed for presentation in two forty-five minute classes, generally in two successive weeks. The first part of the program explores myths and misconceptions about mental illness and offers an introduction to mood disorders; part two examines thought disorders and engages the students in an active discussion of the impact of stigma.
Major mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders that profoundly disrupt a person's ability to think, learn, feel, reason and relate to others. Symptoms often first become evident in early adolescence, and affect more than 7.5 million teens annually. Undiagnosed and untreated mental illness can lead to inability to achieve academically, a tripled risk of substance abuse, or even suicide. Early education can help young people become aware of the symptoms and associated risks.
Schedule: Call 401-331-3060.
Peer to Peer <TOP>
For any person with a mental illness, this course contains individual relapse prevention planning, a debriefing/storytelling week, and an advance directive for psychiatric care. This is an ongoing course taught by and for consumers (people living with brain disorders).
Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. The course was written by Kathryn McNulty, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator. An advisory board comprised of consumer members of NAMI, in consultation with Joyce Burland, Ph.D., author of the successful NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program, helped guide the curriculum's development. In 2005, Peer-to-Peer became supported by AstraZeneca. <more>
If you are interested, please contact:
NAMI-RI Office 401-331-3060