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EDUCATION AND SUPPORT

For Family Members:

Family Support Groups (FSG) are sessions of sharing or listening for family members and friends of people with mental illness led by trained, experienced volunteers.

Time: First, third, and fourth Mondays, 7:30-9:30 pm

Place: Cambridge Hospital, 3rd Floor Learning Center

Address: 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Free and confidential

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Family-to-Family Education Program (F2F) is an evidence-based comprehensive 12-week program covering various aspects of mental illness for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. It is led by trained, experienced volunteers.

Next Start:

Cambridge class start date: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.

Registration: Advance Registration is required. Contact Carolyn at Carolyn@nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org with your phone number and the best time to call.

  • Free and confidential
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.
  • More than 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program

Among the topics covered in the 12-week class are current information about serious mental illnesses, medications and side effects, the biology of the brain, gaining empathy for those living with mental illness, communication techniques, strategies for handling crises, community supports, and caring for the caregiver.

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For Peers:

Peer-to-Peer Program (P2P) is a unique, experiential 10-week learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. It is taught by two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person, all of whom are trained, certified peers.

Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.

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