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NAMI-NYC Metro has 4 classes and over 20 support groups–all free–that connect individuals living with mental illness and their families and friends with others who live with similar challenges. All groups and courses are led by a trained volunteer who creates an environment of mutual respect and support.

Please review the description to ensure the group will meet your needs. Some groups have instructions for first-time attendees. All classes require registration. Occasionally, groups change time or location; please call the Helpline at 212-684-3264 to confirm meeting.

Unless noted, all support groups meet at NAMI-NYC Metro.

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    Helpline

    The NAMI-NYC Metro Helpline provides support, information, and referrals to community resources and to NAMI-NYC Metro’s own services for individuals with mental health issues and their families. The Helpline is staffed by trained volunteers who have personal experience with the mental health system. Information about NAMI-NYC Metro’s supports and services, mental illnesses, medication, treatment, and community resources is mailed to individuals and family members upon request.

    212-684-3264
    helpline@naminyc.org
    Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm
    Please note: Memorial Day to Labor Day Friday schedule is 10am – 2pm

    Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI

    Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI es por seis semanas, el curso educativo gratis ofrecido a padreso familiares que cuiden de un niño o adolescente que tenga alguna deficiencia emocional o de salud mental. El curso es ofrecido en español por NAMI-NYC Metro. El curso incluye los siguientes temas:

    • Biología de las enfermedades mentales en busca de un diagnostico correcto. No es su culpa; las enfermedades mentales son trastornos del cerebro.
    • El tratamiento trabaja – revisión de opciones para tratamientos.
    • Herramientas de trabajo: La comunicación, métodos para resolver conflictos, preparación para un evento de crisis, como manejar las conductas abruptas, impacto en los miembros de la familia.
    • Mantenimiento de archivos de acuerdo a los distintos sistemas que se usan, tales como; la escuela, proveedores de salud mental, asuntos legales, etc.
    • Explicación de los distintos procesos de ayuda que ofrecen las escuelas para niños especiales.

    Para saber cuando empieza la proxima sesión Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI, llame la Linea Telefónica de Ayuda. 212-684-3264.

    Homefront Course

    Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.

    The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. Class topics include:

    • Basics about the brain and mental illness.
    • Understanding trauma.
    • Treatment systems and services including an overview of the D.O.D. military Health System, the VA, and civilian mental healthcare systems.
    • Problem-solving and communication skills.
    • Self-care and advocacy.

    “You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.”

    For information about the next Homefront course, please call the Helpline at 212-684-3264.

    NAMI Basics Course

    NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week class for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed.

    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. Whether you and your child are dealing with behavioral issues, undiagnosed emotional issues, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or other diagnoses such as major depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder, substance use disorders, or more, NAMI Basics will help. The class is taught by trained parents or other primary caregivers who have similar experiences with their own children. Class topics include:

    • The trauma of mental illness for the child and family.
    • The biology of mental illness: getting an accurate diagnosis.
    • The latest research on medical aspects of the illness and advances in treatment.
    • An overview of treatment options.
    • The impact of a child’s mental illness on the rest of the family (caregivers, siblings, etc.).
    • An overview of the systems involved in caring for children and teens and the importance of record keeping.

    Classes are offered during the week, mornings, afternoons, and evenings. For information about the next NAMI Basics course, please call the Helpline at 212-684-3264. This course is also available in Spanish, Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI.

    Peer-to-Peer Course

    Peer-to-Peer is a free, 12-session class for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a team of trained “mentors” who are living healthy and productive lives with mental illness. Participants learn the tools needed to take control of their own wellness and recovery. Class topics include:

    • Understanding mental health disorders, with possible co-occurring substance abuse, treatment, and medication.
    • Addressing stigma, discrimination, and relationship issues.
    • How to identify tell-tale feelings, behaviors, or events that may warn of impending relapse.
    • Creating a “relapse prevention plan”.
    • The connection between a healthy lifestyle and mental health recovery.

    “It made me feel I was not alone in coping with mental illness. It gave me hope that I could recover and that my life would not always be filled with chaos, and it gave me positive role models to inspire me to strive for recuperation and success in life.”

    Classes are offered during the week, mornings, afternoons, and evenings. For information about the next Peer-to-Peer course, please call the Helpline at 212-684-3264.

    El Programa de pareo para padres

    ¿Tiene Ud. Un hijo o una hija de corta edad o adolescente con problemas de conducta o de salud mental? ¿Se siente solo/a o agobiado/a?

    EL PROGRAMA DE PAREO PARA PADRES DE NAMI-NYC METRO PUEDE AYUDARLO/A

    Somos muchos los que ya hemos pasado por ese infortunio y estamos aquí para darle apoyo emocional SIN NINGÚN COSTO. Ni siquiera hace falta que Ud. deje su hogar para recibir este apoyo. Nosotros nos comunicaremos con Ud. Por teléfono — AYUDA ENTRE PADRES Y MADRES

    El Programa de Colaboración entre Padres de NAMI-NYC le pondrá en contacto con un padre o una madre que tiene un hijo o una hija con un diagnóstico parecido a su hijo o hija o que haya tenido que pasar por los mismos problemas que le agobian.

    Ese Padre o esa Madre:

    • Le ofrecerá apoyo emocional
    • Escuchará su historia
    • Compartirá con Ud. sus experiencias
    • Le dará ideas de cómo protegerse a sí mismo/a
    • Le dará ideas de cómo proteger a su hijo/a y obtener los mejores servicios sociales disponibles

    LLAMEN HOY A LA LÍNEA DE AYUDA DE NAMI-NYC: 212-684-3264 Y PIDA QUE LE COMUNIQUEN CON UN PADRE O UNA MADRE QUE PUEDA AYUDARLE

    De Familia a Familia

    De Familia a Familia es el curso de NAMI, reconocido y cientificamente probado, ofrecido por 12 semanas para familiares de individuos con severas enfermedades mentales. El curso se presenta por familiares entrenados. Toda la instrucción y los materiales del curso son gratis para los participantes.

    Las investigaciones academicas sobre este curso dan prueba de que al tomar este curso, los graduados obtienen un mayor entendimiento de la enfermedad mental, son mejor capacitados para enfrentar la vida, se preocupan menos, y se sienten nuevamente apoderados para abogar por una mejora en los tratamientos y servicios para su familiar querido. Los temas que toca el curso inclyen:

    • Esquizofrenia, depresión mayor, mania, desorden esquizoafectivo, desordenes del temperamento, desorden de la personalidad al margen, desordenes de la ansiedad, el sindroma de estres pos-traumatico, y la doble diagnosis.
    • Datos basicos sobre el cerebro y la enfermedad mental.
    • Una revisión de los medicamentos.
    • Talleres para desarrollar las destrezas en como resolver problemas y comunicar.
    • El cuidado propio y la abogacia propia.

    Para saber cuando empieza la proxima sesión de Familia a Familia, llame la Linea Telefónica de Ayuda. 212-684-3264.

    Family-to-Family Course

    Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session class for family, significant others and friends of people living with severe mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. The course is taught by trained family members. Available to Spanish-speakers as De Familia a Familia.

    Research shows that graduates gain a greater understanding of mental illness, are able to cope better, worry less, and feel newly empowered to advocate for better treatment and services for their relative. Class topics include:

    • Schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and dual diagnosis.
    • Basics about the brain and mental illness.
    • Medication review.
    • Problem-solving and communications skills workshops.
    • Self-care and advocacy.

    Please call the Helpline at 212-684-3264 for more information and to register for a Family-to-Family class.

    Kenneth Johnson Memorial Research Library

    Dedicated in the memory of Patricia Warburg Cliff’s son, Kenneth, the Kenneth Johnson Memorial Research Library (KJM Library) serves the research needs and reading pleasure of consumers and their families, professionals in the field, and the general public. Located in the NAMI-NYC Metro office, the library is home to over 1,000 reference materials, self-help books, autobiographies, educational videos and four computers equipped with Internet access.

    Mondays – Fridays, 10:00 am — 5:30 pm

    Note: Library hours are subject to change. Please call the Helpline prior to visiting.

    The library is open to the public. However, only NAMI-NYC Metro members have borrowing privileges. To join, please click here.

    NAMI-NYC Metro Resource List for Transition-Age Youth

    This resource list provides information on national and local organizations dealing with mental illness, research, supports, education, campus affiliates, as well as legislative action. Click to view the NAMI-NYC Metro Transition Age Resource List.