The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics.
Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery
Effective communication strategies
The importance of self-care
Crisis preparation strategies
NAMI and community resources
What People are Saying
“Hearing personal experiences and how relatable my experiences are to them was very helpful. Hearing specific strategies to communicate and specific traits that people with mental illness have. Know that the illness is what can cause “cruelty” and poor decisions rather than the person.” “I have a better understanding of how mental illness impacts the person affected…it was nice to hear the stories of the instructors and their paths. The handbook (eBook) given has a lot of helpful information which I did not know about.”
A free, 12-week course for family and friends of individuals with mental illness, taught by trained NAMI family members. Provides information, insight, understanding, and empowerment.
Regular Monthly Meetings
Provides education and support to its members and guests. Speakers' presentations address topics of general interest to individuals with mental illness, their loved ones and mental health professionals; this is followed by Support Groups: one for the individuals living with mental illness, and the other for those who love them. (No meeting in December).
Family Support Groups
The NAMI Family support Group offers an innovative set of structures and processes designed to support caregivers dealing with the mental illness of a loved one. NAMI Family Support Groups are the entry point for many families coming to NAMI and provide non-judgmental, sympathetic concern in an atmosphere of confidence and shared experience.
A recovery support group of, by and for people living with mental illness. Participants learn from each others' experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.
In Our Own Voice
A presentation by individuals with mental illness that provides increased self-confidence, self-esteem, and income; creates awareness about recovery, and fights stigma.
North Idaho Crisis Services
Has Been Discontinued for lack of interest and call volume in Bonner and Boundary Counties for now. We're still crunching numbers on how much money we're saving those two counties, but if nobody calls it in the first place.... right!? So this service has been discontinued.
These are the numbers to call for Crisis. If your having an emergency please call 911.
Conduit of Care
NAMI Far North is a Conduit of Care. In coordination with hospital staff, NAMI Far North purchases underwear and collects other donated items such as toiletries, lap quilts, pillowcases, winter clothing, small artwork, yarn, fabric, and other craft supplies for State Hospital North patients.
You can help.
Please send financial contributions to: NAMI Far North, Conduit of Care P.O. Box 2415 Sandpoint, ID 83864