NAMI Homefront

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NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-week class for families, caregivers, and loved ones of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions.

Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront addresses the unique needs of family, caregivers, and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country.

Homefront is taught by trained family members of service members and veterans living with – and dealing with – mental health conditions.

What People are Saying

“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.” — Mother of a Veteran

“We’re still friends with everyone who was in the class. There’s always an open ear, and an open heart, and a shoulder to cry on if you need it.” — Father of a Veteran

“This has been really helpful for me, to process much of my own emotions. I’m at a point now that being able to stop and look back how far we’ve come… being reminded of the painful past… but this positive change was very empowering. Sometimes when we get stuck in the routine of moving on, we lose sight of how far we’ve come.”

“I realized I saw signs and symptoms of PTSD, but didn’t know how to handle him – I know now how to handle these situations.”

Nearly 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition, according to a 2014 study in JAMA Psychiatry. NAMI Homefront focuses on questions that military personnel often ask, concerning treatment resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life. If you are having thoughts of suicide, the Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7 by dialing 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1.

NAMI Homefront covers:

  • How to manage crises, solve problems, and communicate effectively.
  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress.
  • How to develop the confidence and stamina to support your service member with compassion.
  • How to advocate for your service member’s rights – especially when they’re getting medical care.
  • How to help your service member deal with the impact of behavioral and emotional difficulties, as well as help other family members.
  • How the biology of the brain impacts mental illness.
  • Review different diagnoses.
  • Current treatments, including therapies, medications, and side effects./li>
  • Information on the latest research and information on mental health, including post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse
  • An overview of the systems you’ll need to navigate to help your service member – including the Department of Defense Military Health System, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and civilian mental healthcare.

Sign Up for a Class

Classes are offered during the week, mornings, afternoons, and evenings, and on Saturdays. For information about the next NAMI Homefront course, please contact the Helpline.

To learn more about – and to register for – the next NAMI Homefront course, please contact our Helpline at 212-684-3264 or email.

What You’ll Gain

You’ll find out you’re not alone.

You’ll learn that recovery is a journey, and that there is hope. This in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and shared positive impact. You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.