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NAMI Sacramento offers classes to educate people with mental illness and their families so that they are better equipped to navigate through experiences and challenges. All of NAMI's courses were developed by experts, and they are taught in cities all across the country.
- The Family-to-Family Course is taught by trained volunteers who have a mentally ill family member themselves.
- The Peer-to-Peer Course is taught by trained people who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
- In Our Own Voice is a program by trained presenters who give personal testimony about their own journeys with mental illness.
NAMI's programs are designed to provide consumers and family members with a greater understanding of mental illness and with strategies for living with and recovering from serious mental illness. Program participants will worry less, and feel empowered to advocate for better treatment and services for themselves and for family members.
NAMI programs should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of mental health professionals. We cannot, and will not, assume the role of a physician or therapist.
Self-care information, and family and peer support are valuable assets in working through the many challenges faced by individuals and families who have been touched by serious mental illness, but they are not substitutes for professional assistance. Please seek immediate professional help:
if you or a family member have thoughts of suicide or of harming others,
if you or a family member are unable to provide self-care for essentials of daily living,
if you or a family member are abusing substances, and/or
If you or someone else is in danger of being harmed.