Classes and Support Groups

NAMI Southwest Utah Chapter in St George

Free Classes and Support Groups We Provide

All meetings are held between 5:45 – 7:45 on the dates noted below

All meetings are held at the St George Public Library (downstairs) – at 88 W 100 S

The classes and support groups are:

  • Family-to-Family
  • Peer-to-Peer
  • Family Support Group
  • Connection Recovery Support Group

Family-to-Family Class

Meets once a week for 11 2-hour sessions, free of cost. This is a class that brings together people whose loved ones are facing the challenges of mental illness.

Confidential – participants share as much or as little personal information as they want.

Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies.

Schedule:

This class is:

Designed for loved ones (over age 18) of individuals living with mental illness.

Taught by trained family members of individuals living with mental illness.

Provides critical information and strategies related to care giving.

Incorporates presentations, discussion and exercises.

Designated an Evidence Based Practice in 2013 by SAMHSA.

What people have to say about NAMI Family-to-Family

“Family members who take the NAMI Family-to-Family course are better equipped to work with mental health clinicians in a collaborative manner. My bottom-line recommendation? Take this course. It will help you learn to cope successfully with a major challenge in your life, and that, in turn, will help your loved one as he or she works toward recovery.”

— Peter Weiden, M.D., author of Breakthroughs in Antipsychotic Medications

“Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed.”

“I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none.

Peer-to-Peer Class

By learning about mental health disorders and treatment, participants learn to identify their own barriers to recovery and then gain the ability to put those barriers in the background and get on with life.

This class meets once a week for 10 2-hour sessions, free of cost. This is a recovery class that brings together people who share the experience and knowledge of mental illness to empower each other with the tools to build bridges of recovery. The format is a peer-to-peer class taught by trained individuals who have personal experience with mental illness.

Confidential – participants share as much or as little personal information as they want.

Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies.

Schedule:

Family Support Group

Meets monthly for 2 hours, free of cost. This is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. The primary benefit of the NAMI Family Support Group is leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants.

Confidential – participants share as much or as little personal information as they want.

Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies.

Schedule:

This support group is:

Designed for loved ones of individuals living with mental illness.

Facilitated by a trained team of family members of individuals living with mental illness.

Reinforcement in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance

At each meeting, participants review the Group Guidelines and Principles of Support and update the group on the current events in their lives, then spend the bulk of the meeting in group discussion, or ‘group work’. The group addresses urgent issues of its members and participants share their learned experience, or ‘group wisdom’. As a participant, your voice is heard, and you can contribute to a dynamic that encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. Tools for caring for yourself and for your loved one

The support group can offer practical advice on addressing issues related to mental illness and the participants’ loved one. It also gives participants the appropriate space to have their personal needs met so that they can provide the best possible care for their family member. Taking time to voice their experiences and to hear from others may help them develop their inner reserves of strength. They may gain confidence in their ability to cope with their family member’s mental illness as well as local knowledge on how to best access needed services for their family member.

Connection Recovery Support Group

Meets monthly for 2 hours, free of cost. This is a peer-led support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.

Confidential – participants share as much or as little personal information as they want.

Does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies.

Schedule:

For More Information Contact Rachel Larsen (801) 369-9119