Upcoming Educational Courses
NAMI Greater Orlando’s free education programs are designed to empower, inform and support all individuals affected by mental illness, their families, caregivers and the community. They are taught by trained peer volunteers who possess lived experience. We offer additional services, based upon individual and community needs. Please contact us with any specific need not addressed by these ongoing services.
Registrations are processed in the order in which they are received.
Register online via the links below
Contact us | 407.253.1900 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Family-to-Family | Free 8-week education program for family, friends and caregivers with a loved one (18 years+) living with mental illness. The course is designed to help them understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. It is taught by trained teachers who are also family members who know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. It focuses upon strategies and tools for healing and empowerment: coping skills; handling periods of crisis and relapse; medication information; treatment options; the biology of the brain; communication and problem-solving skills; locating resources; and caring for the caregiver. The course includes information on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. It includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.
NEW – 2020 class schedule announced!
Apopka starts Tuesday, March 3rd
Kissimmee starts Monday, March 9th
Downtown Orlando starts April 21st
“This course overall was, without a doubt, the single-most helpful and informative thing ever offered in all my years searching for answers…. It has helped me to understand better and communicate more effectively with my brother.”
“The course has helped me to realize that my son is still inside the body that is oftentimes hidden by the mental illness and that I am not alone in this.”
Peer-to-Peer | Free 8-week course for persons living with mental illness (18 years+) that focuses upon mental wellness and recovery. It is taught by trained individuals who are living well in recovery with a mental health diagnosis. It explores biological bases of mental illnesses, coping strategies, language, emotion, addiction, spirituality, sleep, relationships and advocacy. Includes lectures, interactive sensory exercises, relapse prevention grid and psychiatric advance directive.
NEW – Peer to Peer Class starts April 21, 2020
Basics | Free 6-week course for parents/caregivers of children and adolescents (17 years and younger) with mental illness, including ADHD. It explores biological bases of mental illnesses; obtaining accurate diagnoses; treatment options; system record-keeping (school, legal, health); and survivor stories. Tool development: crisis preparation and response; communication skills, problem solving, handling challenging behavior, relapse planning and impact on family members.
2020 classes coming soon