NAMI Eastside education classes

A range of mental health education classes in East King County

SOWING THE SEEDS OF KNOWLEDGE

Igniting knowledge to destigmatize mental illness

Stigma is one of the biggest barriers people with mental illness face to getting treatment.

NAMI-Eastside offers high-quality mental health education delivered by individuals successfully managing a diagnosis of mental illness themselves. Our goal is to open eyes and hearts to the lived experiences of those diagnosed with mental illness. All our educational classes are supported by donations and grants and are FREE of charge. Register for each offering using the links below or contact us at info@nami-eastside.org or call our office at 425-885-6264 for more information.

 

FAMILY-TO-FAMILY

A free 8-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and more.

The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.

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Currently in session: Tuesday’s 6/22 – 8/10 (class full)

Next session: Thursday’s 9/9 – 10/28 from 6 – 8:30 pm

PEER-TO-PEER

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 8-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises. Everything is confidential, and NAMI never recommends a specific medical therapy or treatment approach.

NOTE: this class will meet twice per week, on Monday AND Wednesday, over a four week period.  Classes are consecutive and each class session builds on the knowledge of previous classes, so attending each class is very important. We ask participants to commit to attending every class session. 

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Fall session: October 4 – 27 from 6 – 8 pm

Summer session: August 16 – September from 6-8pm

WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN (WRAP)

WRAP® is a self-designed prevention and wellness process you will learn during an 8-week class that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be.  WRAP will help you discover your own simple, safe Wellness Tools and develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible. You will learn to identify upsetting events, early warning signs and signals that things have gotten much worse. Using Wellness Tools, you will be able to develop action plans for responding at these times. You will be guided through the process of developing a Crisis Plan and learn about Post Crisis Planning.

NOTE: this class will meet twice per week, on Monday AND Wednesday, over a four week period.  Classes are consecutive and each class session builds on the knowledge of previous classes, so attending each class is very important. We ask participants to commit to attending every class session. 

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NAMI BASICS ON-DEMAND

NAMI BASICS IS A FREE, 6-SESSION EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR PARENTS, CAREGIVERS AND OTHER FAMILY WHO PROVIDE CARE FOR YOUTH (AGES 22 AND YOUNGER) WHO ARE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH SYMPTOMS.

The OnDemand program is also guided by parents and family members with lived experience but is self-paced and available 24/7. OnDemand offers the flexibility of participating in the course on your schedule. Both formats provide identical information, strategies and the opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers.

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NAMI HOMEFRONT

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions.

The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/ Veteran.

The class is free but you are expected to attend all six sessions. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. To hear audio, you will need to call in via telephone. We recommend you use a headset or headphones.

An application process is required to ensure this program is a good fit. Space is limited.

“I blamed myself, I blamed my ex-husband, and I even blamed my son for his struggles. I was upset with my entire family – but now I understand and embrace the fact that mental illness can affect anyone, for any reason, at any time.”

Family-to-Family class participant

nami-eastside lending library

A meaningful resource for our community
We provide books, videos, and journals available to loan at no charge. This resource includes information on a wide range of topics important to anyone seeking to increase their knowledge about mental health diagnoses, recovery, and coping skills for individuals, family and friends. Brochures outlining our support groups, and educational programs offer an excellent overview or starting point to learn about mental health issues. 

For more information or to donate books or videos related to mental illness to our library, please contact us.