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Family to Family

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 11 session educational program designed for family members, partners, significant others and friends of adults living with a mental illness. The program is offered twice annually.

A guiding principal of this program is “You don’t have to deal with mental illness in isolation”! The program will help participants understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while also maintaining their own well-being.

This NAMI program is a designated evidence-based program, which means research has shown that the program significantly improves a participant’s “living with mental illness”, coping, and problem-solving abilities.

NAMI-trained family members, with “lived experience”, teach the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program, which will include readings, lectures, presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

Our 2019 Family-to-Family Education Program Schedule is:

Spring 2019
Days:               Tuesday
Dates:             March 12, 2019 thru May 21, 2019
Duration:        11 weeks
Time:              6:00 pm until 8:30 pm
Location:        KCMHSAS’s 418 W. Kalamazoo location

Fall 2019
Days:               Tuesday
Dates:             August 20, 2019 thru October 29, 2019
Duration:        11 weeks
Time:              6:00 pm thru 8:30 pm
Location:        KCMHSAS’s 418 W. Kalamazoo location

If you have questions about this program, or want to register for program participation, please contact Richard Thompson, Family Education Program Coordinator, for NAMI of Kalamazoo. He may be contacted at Richard@namikzoo.org .

Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (KCMHSAS), in support of the Family-to-Family Program, has partnered with NAMI of Kalamazoo, and will provide a Family Support Specialist to assist program participants as needed. Their Family Support Specialist also provides over-the-telephone, or in-person, emotional support and education while helping to problem solve, clarify options, and cope during times of crisis

If you would like to talk with their specialist, please contact:
Deb Schauer, KCMHSAS Family Support Services
615 E. Crosstown Parkway
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
(269) 364-6961
dschauer@kazoocmh.org