Education & Events

NAMI Four Seasons provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals in Henderson and Polk counties who have been affected by mental illness. While we do not offer therapy, medical, or legal advice, and cannot provide referrals to specific therapists, counselors, or doctors, we can direct you towards resources that provide these services. To reach our information line for resources please call (888) 955-NAMI(6264). For more information about programs and events, please visit our Support Groups page and our Calendar.

Informational Program

This program is open to all those who are suffering from a mental illness as well as their family members, partners, and friends. The programs are held in both Henderson and Polk counties. Interesting and informative programs on varied topics of help. Includes social networking and volunteer opportunities. Check our calendar: click here
Contact: 1-888-955-NAMI (6264)

The Family-to-Family Program

The Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-session course on mental illness that includes ways to understand the illness and how to help the person who has the illness. It also helps the family overcome the difficulties of living with severe mental illness.

This highly effective and widely praised education course developed by NAMI member Dr. Joyce Burland has been attended by more than 3,200 family members across North Carolina. An important aspect of the course is that it is taught by specially trained family members who have “been there.”

Please call 1-888-955-NAMI (6264) for more information.

The class curriculum includes:

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, addiction, and co-occurring brain disorders
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

Parents and Teachers as Allies (PTA)

Mental health education program for school professionals. This program focuses on helping school professionals and families better understand the early warning signs of mental illness in children and adolescents.

For more information or to schedule a presentation at your school call: 888-955-6264

Bridges of Hope

Reaches out to members of diverse faith communities. It creates healing and hope for families and their loved ones.

For more information or to schedule a presentation at your faith community call: 888-955-6264

In Our Own Voice (IOOV)

Trained presenters who are living in recovery use their individual stories to unmask what it is like to live with mental illness and stay in recovery. Includes visual presentation and discussion.

For more information or to schedule a presentation call: 888-955-6264

 

Collaborative Programs

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Trains participants in ways to help a person who is experiencing the onset of mental illness or who is in crisis. These skills can be used by anyone, anytime, anywhere. There are 2 programs for MHFA; youth and adult.

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)

NAMI Four Seasons hosts and promotes Crisis Intervention Training classes for local law enforcement. The 40-hour training program includes basic information about mental illnesses and how to recognize them, as well as information about the local mental health system and local laws. CIT reduces officer injuries, SWAT team emergencies, and the amount of time officers spend on the disposition of mental disturbance calls. For more information, read the CIT Fact Sheet and the Criminalization Fact Sheet, which argues that criminalization of people with mental illnesses is costly for communities, a burden on police and corrections, and tragic for people with mental illnesses.

Please contact 1-888-955-NAMI (6264) for more information about Crisis Intervention Training or Mental Health First Aid.

Events

NAMI Four Seasons also offers a variety of events such as informational meetings with guest speakers, an annual meeting, planning meetings, fundraising activities, and more. Check out our calendar for information on upcoming events.

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