NAMI offers a number of education and training opportunities for family members, consumers, providers and the general public.
These programs utilize the experience and insights of family members and individuals who have been afflicted with mental illness. These individuals have learned to live or are still learning to live with mental illness in their lives and are dedicated volunteers anxious to help others.
1. In Southwest Michigan- Kalamazoo, we teach Families in Action, which is a 10-12 Week Education course for family members of persons who have mental illness. The course consists of 10-12 classes once a week, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Class size is limited to a maximum of 25 persons. The course is facilitated jointly by the Family Support services group within KCMHSAS and by NAMI of Kalamazoo members who are volunteers and also have a family member with serious mental illness. They have been specially trained to teach the course. The course covers the information, concepts, skills and issues needed to understand, support, manage and cope with a family member or friend with serious mental illness. Families In Action information and registration for either the Spring or Fall class each year is done via KCMHSAS. For info and registration contact Heather Hoffman, Family Support Specialist at 269-364-6961
2. NAMI Calhoun, located in Battle Creek, Michigan has several support and educational programs that are open to the public. For info, dates, and registration for a class contact: Gini Haffner at email@example.com. The current flyers for their programs are: F2F Flyer-Calhoun Feb 2017 ; also Calhoun Support Groups -Feb 2017 ; and P2P 3-29-2017 Calhoun
3. General Kalamazoo Affiliate Monthly Meetings are free, open to the general public and are held the first Thursday of each month (except July and August). These meetings are held at the Pathways Building, 119 West Vine Street, Kalamazoo, MI. The meetings begin at 6:30 pm. Suggestions for future meeting topics and speakers are welcome. www.namikzoo.org
4. Educational Outreach/Speakers Bureau– Peer volunteer speakers come with a tremendous amount of experience and insight. They do free presentations to civic, religious, education, community and professional groups and are available on request. Please contact Recovery Institute, 326 West Kalamazoo Ave, Suite 320, Kalamazoo, MI ( www.recoverymi.org) for more information. These may include talks on the nature of metal illness, family experiences, public policy, stigma, the mental health system, etc. We will tailor the presentation to the specific interest, forum or conference. For more information call or contact Sean Harris at 269-343-6725 or firstname.lastname@example.org , www.recoverymi.org