Family to Family Class
The recovery of a person who develops a mental illness is a challenge which is best met with support from family, friends, and other allies. To help this natural support net to understand the disease and its ramifications, NAMI has developed a 12-week program of classes that meet once a week. This national model is offered at NAMI Lane County at least twice a year.
Free for family members, partners, and significant others of individuals with
Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)
Schiziphrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Co-occurring Brain and Addictive Disorders
See the December 2010 Newsletter for more details.
The Eugene area F2F classes meet from 6:30 – 9:00 PM in room 198 at the Lane County Behavioral Health building, 2411 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Cottage Grove also has an F2F class.
NAMI is currently taking reservations for future classes. Space is limited, so call the resource center at 541-343-7688 now!
In Our Own Voice
NAMI Lane County recently held a training for clients/consumers to become presenters for In Our Own Voice. These people, who have personal experience with mental illness, will share their own perspectives in a program that may include readings, visual displays, and questions. They are prepared to accept invitations in the community to help the audience become aware about what is involved in recovery from mental illness.
The program will create a powerful anti-stigma tool to change hearts, minds and attitudes about mental illness. People who watch the program will see living proof that recovery from mental illness is an on-going reality.
If you would like more information about the program or are interested in hosting the In Our Own Voice program, please contact the NAMI Lane County resource center.
There is a scarcity of mental health materials available in Spanish to help the Spanish-speaking population. Nevertheless, NAMI Lane County has compiled brochures and fact sheets to help these clients, and we welcome them to our resource center and will do our best to be of assistance. We will continue to search for videos and books in Spanish.
Tenemos folletos en espanol que tratan de las enfermedades mentales, y hemos personas que pueden traducir para ustedes.
NAMI Night at the Johnson Unit
Every Tuesday evening NAMI volunteers attend the Sacred Heart Hospital Johnson Unit Family Education Program to offer support and guidance for families who have a family member admitted to the Johnson Unit. The JU staff has observed that so many families feel that they are the only ones dealing with a hospitalization, and NAMI offers relief and support to family members who learn they are not alone. They say that for many family members, a hospitalization is a step that has been preceded by much stress, conflict and volatile events so that at this time there begins a grieving process. NAMI members can share in the universality of these feelings, but more importantly, they offer expression of hope.
(Approved Steps to Supplement Emergency Responder Training)
ASSERT began as a grass roots project in December 2006 in response to the tragic shooting of a young man by police responding to a call for assistance. This group of concerned citizens became an official part of the Lane County branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Lane County). Steadfast work on their behalf resulted in Eugene’s first CIT training December 15-19, 2008.
Since then, the Eugene Police Department has scheduled three additional CIT trainings for 2010.
These training courses for officers will do much to allow police officers to understand those with a mental illness and how to treat them with care and respect.