NAMI Western Carolina is again offering its free Family-to-Family Education Program for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with a mental illness.

An evidence-base best practice as designated by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the 12-session program is taught by trained family member volunteers. Classes will meet in Asheville Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning September 8 and continuing through October 15. Class size is limited and preregistration required.

Topic areas addressed include:

Current information on research and treatment of major mental illnesses and co-occurring brain and addictive disorders
– Information on medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence
– Care for the caregiver and coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
– Learning problem-solving, listening and communication techniques
– Community supports and services and strategies for handling crises and relapse

For questions or to register, call 561-703-7231 or email You may also wish to download the Family-To-Family flyer.

Free presentations from NAMI
for your group

NAMI Western Carolina's In Our Own Voice presentations demonstrate how individuals with severe mental illness experience recovery. Each program presenter has been through training to translate the story of his or her own struggles and successes.

The In Our Own Voice speakers will talk to your class, organization, or faith community about important things you need to know about mental illness. They will talk to you about their recovery and the important components of recovery such as dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills, successes, hopes, and dreams.

Contact: Paulette Heck; 828-581-0080,