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Program, Support Groups, and Services Descriptions

SUPPORT GROUPS:

NAMI Connection, Peer-to-Peer Support Group

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need. The groups meet on a bi-weekly, weekly or monthly basis.

What You’ll Gain
By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:

  • See the individual first, not the illness
  • Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
  • Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Work for a better future in a realistic way

All NAMI Connection support groups are free, drop-in, with no registration required.

Meeting Locations and Times:

Eugene:
Thursdays, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Lane County Behavioral Health, 2411 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Eugene, OR in the NAMI Lane County Resource Center.

University of Oregon:
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, HEDCO education Building, 1655 Alsder Street (17th & alder) Room 144, University of Oregon campus.

Florence:
Every Wednesday, 6:30 – 8 PM, New Winds Apartments Community Room, 750 Laurel St., Florence. (Park on street.)

 

NAMI Friends and Family Support Group

For family members/loved ones/friends of someone living with a mental illness

The NAMI Support Group model (formerly called the “Family-to-Family Support Group model”) operates differently than other, more traditional “share-and-care” groups. The NAMI Support Group model offers a set of key structures and group processes for facilitators to use in common support group scenarios. These structures come with clear guidelines to follow; used together, they encourage full group participation in support group meetings. The structures of the new model feel comfortable for both seasoned and less-experienced facilitators because they guide the support group along in every The NAMI Facilitator Skills Support Group training enables support group facilitators to run useful, helpful support groups. NAMI affiliates know that effective support groups are a key facet of NAMI’s grassroots organization.

The NAMI Support Group model is not just for Family-to-Family Education course graduates, nor is it just for family members. It is a model that can be used by any NAMI support group. Encourage your state organization to begin to implement the NAMI Support Group model by sending two people to the NAMI National Facilitator Skills Workshop in June to become state trainers. Your state trainers will then conduct state and local level workshops to train facilitators in your state in the NAMI Support Group model.

“Using the support group model is so essential to the success of our family support groups. Without the training, networking, and support of the group members I fear that support groups would become nothing more than “cry” sessions or “gripe” sessions. As a group the collective wisdom covered a lot of possibilities towards the issues.”

All NAMI Connection support groups are free, drop-in, with no registration required.

Meeting Locations and Times:

Eugene:
2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, NAMI Resource Center, 2411 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 2nd floor, Eugene.

Florence:
4th Thursday every month, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 1720 34th Street, Florence. For more information call Monica, 541-902-8308.

Cottage Grove:
2nd and 4th Mondays every month, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Healing Matrix, 632 Main Street, Cottage Grove.

 

NAMI Family to Family Support Group

Same as the Friends and Family Group (above), but reserved for graduates of the NAMI Family to Family Class.

Eugene: 1st Thursdays,  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, NAMI Resource Center, 2411 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 2nd floor, Eugene.

 

NAMI Mindfulness Group

Thursdays, 4-5 PM, NAMI Resource Center. Free, no registration. Marty Parrill, facilitator. Call 541-520-3096, or email mparrill@aol.com for more information.

 

NAMI Veteran & Family Connections Social Night

Every fourth Wednesday, 6-8 PM, Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St., Eugene. Pizza and beverages free for vets and families. Games and activities available for kids.

 

NAMI Friendship Group

Thursdays, 10 AM, Jack Sprats, 510 E. Main St, Cottage Grove.

 


EDUCATION:

Family to Family Class

What is the NAMI Family-to-Family course?

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

  • The course is taught by trained family members
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program

What does the course include?

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services.

 

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Peer to Peer Class

What is NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Program?

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 Cohan 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 NAMI consumer members, in consultation with Joyce Burland, Ph.D., author of the successful NAMI Family-to-Family Education program, helped guide the curriculum’s development.
  • Since 2005, NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Program has been supported by AstraZeneca.

What does the course include?

  • Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
  • Mentors are trained in an intensive three day training session and are supplied with teaching manuals.
  • Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.

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In Our Own Voice Program

What is the “In Our Own Voice” Program?

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

The program was started with a grant from Eli Lily and Company.

IOOV is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.

Throughout the IOOV presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. Audience participation is an important aspect of IOOV because the more audience members become involved, the closer they come to understanding what it is like to live with a mental illness and stay in recovery.

IOOV presentations are given to consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups.

All presentations are offered free of charge.

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OTHER PROGRAMS:

NAMI FaithNet

NAMI National FaithNet has exciting new resources for utilization by NAMI members in their advocacy to their places of worship.  These resources are available for downloading on NAMI FaithNet’s Web site, (www.nami.org/faithnet).

These new modules are proving to be very helpful in developing ministry for those with a mental illness and their families in Faith Communities.  I encourage you to review them on the NAMI FaithNet website.

To effectively utilize these Power-Point presentations for self or group study, it is necessary to download the files and save them to your desk top.  This will enable you to access the notes section which is essential to gain the full value of the training.  The slides by themselves only contain the main points.  The notes are made available by clicking on View in the tool bar at the top of your screen after the Power Point slides have been downloaded.

 

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