Several years ago my friend and I attended a Family-to-Family class at the Senior Center on Marks Street. We learned a lot about mental illness which has helped us deal with my bipolar daughter. I read the newsletters faithfully and occationally attend a seminar. Please keep the funding for NAMI coming. It's a great community service organization.
I found NAMI while living in Florida when I was repeatedly exposed to my sister's severe bouts of mania and depression. NAMI helped me and my husband learn about mental illness through the Family-to-Family support groups. This program was a lifesaver for us because we really didn't know that much about mental illness. Our group was run by two amazing women who provided a great deal of their time as well as their emotional support. The classes were excellent as they helped shed some light on this devastating disease. The group leaders (as well as other group participants) shared information and resources we use to this day. We definitely wouldn't be where we are today without NAMI. Once we had the proper tools in place we we were able to make sound decisions for our family members. I cannot recommend NAMI highly enough. Everyone was professional, knowledgeable and caring. All I can say is "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!"
My interest in NAMI was due to family crisis situations of immediate family and siblings iradic behaviors and mannerisms. Years of struggle trying to change things, situations, take care of the wrongs done, etc. NAMI classes for Family to Family helped me to get a perspective on mental illness I was not clued in about with my family circumstances.The knowledge in the group discussions about specific characteristics, the medications, the manipulations of the illness, the insight helps to be prepared and anticipate what to do or not to do to assist the family member to live the life that is livable....I sincerely recommend NAMI for support and insight in the area of mental illness.