In addition to
advocacy related issues on mental illness, NAMI-Tallahassee has consistently
offered Family-to-Family classes, an ongoing monthly support group,
co-sponsored Crisis Intervention Team training for local law enforcement
and maintained a phone help-line. Recent accomplishments include:
NAMI Tallahassee was incorporated as an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Florida in September of 1989.
As such, the affiliate is part of the nation's largest volunteer advocacy organization of families, individuals, and proponents of the goals to improve the quality of life for people and families coping with mental illness, to eliminate stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to increase awareness of brain disorders, treatment, and recovery.
Although NAMI-Tallahassee primarily serves Leon County, individuals from other communities attend the Family-to-Family education program -- driving from Perry, Marianna, Chattahoochee, and southern Georgia. Law enforcement officers from Wakulla and Gadsden counties routinely attend the Crisis Intervention Team training.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education program is recommend by the American Psychiatric Association, said to "significantly" improve coping and problem-solving abilities of family members of individuals living with mental illness. The results of the landmark study by The National Institute of Mental Health were published in the association's June 2011 Journal, Psychiatric Services. Family-to-Family is also included in the list of the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs sanctioned by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The course has been offered locally since 1995.NAMI Basics is a new program for the Tallahassee affiliate. We anticipate it will achieve the success of other NAMI signature programs. Four instructors were certified to teach the course in 2013.
A national NAMI education initiative that originally partnered with African-American congregations. As of 2013 it has expanded focus to partner with all organizations with a predominantly African American membership or service population to share mental health education and support. Sharing Hope is a one-hour presentation which provides an overview of mental illness, treatment and recovery from the perspective of a panel of people who have personally experienced these illnesses.
The goal of Sharing Hope is to create an environment that decreases mental health stigma, increases awareness of mental health recovery and introduces education and support to the African American community.
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