Several NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) Georgia trainings will take place on January 28-30, 2011 at Mercer University (Atlanta campus)
In Our Own Voice
The Family-to-Family class is 12 weeks and is facilitated by trained family members of people living with mental health. The class provides current mental health information, teaches the family member care giver how to handle relapses and crisis, and other information to help the care giver.
Opposite that, Peer-to-Peer is for the individual living with mental health. The 10-week course educates peers on relapse prevention, advance directives, and mental health education. The class is facilitated by two trained individuals living with a mental illness.
Finally, In Our Own Voice teaches people living with a mental health concern how to share their experience with mental illness in a 60-90 minute presentation. The presentation is supported by a 15-minute DVD and is led by two presenters.
I have personally received instruction from NAMI Georgia to perform outreach and I love it! In addition to that, the training was a great experience because I met other people with the same illness as me who want to help others.
All of these trainings are FREE (includes hotel, meals, and class materials!) , however, they do require a reference and a commitment to service. For more information about these trainings visit the NAMI Georgia website.