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Support 600 Family Members w/ a Loved One w/ Mental Illness

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Our goal
Fund a program to help family members support a loved one with mental illness
The Challenge

Families of teens and young adults with mental illness lack the appropriate supportive tools

Too often our loved ones with mental illness end up in the criminal justice system, homeless, or worse. Skills vital to recovery are not provided to family caregivers. Most families feel isolated and overwhelmed. 58% of those receiving care, typically from parents, are between 18-39 years. On average, 32 hours per week is spent caregiving, typically over the course of 9 years.

My family friend Louis passed away after struggling for 3 years with schizoaffective disorder / bipolar type 1. The onset of Louis’ psychosis occurred when he was 19, first hospitalized in October 2014. From childhood through high school, Louis was happy, athletic, musically gifted, made friends easily, and achieved outstanding academic success. He was subsequently hospitalized three more times for durations of several weeks to months.

In March of 2017, Louis once again rejected therapy due to medication side effects along with non-acceptance of his condition, making it nearly impossible to manage. Two months later, in the throes of psychosis, he did not understand the danger posed by the nearby river. It is presumed that he perished on June 4, 2017.

Our Solution

The proceeds will fund the NAMI Family-to-Family program

Family-to-Family is a free 12-session, 32-hour-class for caregivers, family members, and friends of loved ones with mental illness. You will learn how to support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining your own well-being. 

Goals:

1. Develop skills to communicate and interact with the family’s loved one to facilitate recovery.

2. Understand how to get treatment promptly and effectively to preserve long-term cognition.

Testimonials:

"This course saved our family. It was the best thing we did to help our daughter.  It helped us know we are not alone in her recovery.”    

- Joe, Teacher

"This course saved our marriage and helped our son directly in his recovery.  Once disabled and unable to work because of his mental illness he now works full-time and our family unit is closer than ever."  

- Al, Police Officer

Your Impact

By donating you can help a family give the appropriate support to a child, teen, or young adult

The proceeds will be used to recruit and train 12 Family-to-Family instructors and provide the tools to 600 family members with a loved one with mental illness.

Family-to-Family is a free 12-session, 32-hour-class for caregivers, family members, and friends of loved ones with mental illness. You will learn how to support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining your own well-being.

Pledge spending
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    Train 12 instructors

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    Materials

  • 26% -

    Food for participants

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