FAMILY TO FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM is a series of 12 free weekly classes structured to help family members understand and support their mentally ill relative while maintaining their own well-being. The course uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercises and structured group processes, and the diversity of experience among course participants affords for a lively dynamic that moves the course along.

This course is taught by a trained volunteer family member who knows what it is like to have a loved one with a severe mental illness. Participants learn about feelings, facts regarding the symptoms of schizophrenia, major depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, and OCD, dealing with crisis periods; brain disorders; research efforts; problem solving; empathy;  what it is like to have a brain disorder; medication review; communication skills; self-care; rehabilitation services; fighting stigma and advocacy. 

Spring class coming, check back soon! 

PEER TO PEER EDUCATION -is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery.  

We just trained 11 mentors to lead Peer-to-Peer Classes. We will be implementing Peer-to-Peer classes shortly.

Call The Welcome Center for new updates on classes at (530) 889-7200.

NAMI Placer Nuggets Newsletter - is published tri-annually in April, July and November. It may contain nuggets of golden information including articles, local news regarding mental health issues, CA state Assembly or Senate bills, links, upcoming classes or changes.

December 2014

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUPS are held on the third Thursday of each month (except July and December) at the Auburn Main Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn.  These are usually small groups, which allow families to share experiences and provide mutual support.

BI-MONTHLY EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS are also held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, in the beginning part of the Family Support Groups.  Authoritative speakers provide
information on such topics as:  medications, research, bipolar illness, schizophrenia,
personal success stories, housing options, family coping techniques, and social security benefits.

A selected LIBRARY of books, pamphlets, articles and tapes are available for loan, at the Auburn main library.

STATE AND NATIONAL NETWORK members are also enrolled as NAMI California, NAMI National and receive their newsletters.  NAMI California maintains an office in Sacramento, links together support groups throughout the State, educates the public about mental illness, and monitors mental health legislation.  NAMI National, with offices in Virginia, coordinates the work of the family groups nationally.  NAMI National monitors legislation, provides a national newsletter, educational materials and engages in public education programs to improve services for people with mental illness and to eradicate stigma.
For more information, write NAMI Placer County at P.O. Box 7706, Auburn, CA  95604 or call 916-554-0554.