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NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions.

Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans with mental health conditions.

Nearly one in five of the men and women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004 live with severe depression, or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and have experience more traumatic brain injuries than in any previous military campaign. Those returning with devastating injuries face living with both physical and psychological pain.

Tragically, since the invasion of Afghanistan, more military service members have died by suicide than combat. A diagnosis of mental illness results in immediate discharge from active duty, which may explain why only half of all service personnel with mental health concerns seek treatment. This has an impact on families, often leaving them confused, angry, and lost in trying to help their loved one.

NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers, and friends of those have served or are currently serving our country. The program provides education about mental illness, understanding of the mental health system, and self-care for family members and friends.

What You’ll Gain

  • How to manage crises, solve problems, and communicate effectively
  • How to care for yourself and handle stress
  • Develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion
  • Knowledge of the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse
  • Knowledge of current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications, and side effects
  • An understanding of the challenges and impact mental health conditions can have on your entire family

Testimonials

Christina Halli, a local veteran and NAMI Program Facilitator said, “As a veteran myself, I know this class will provide families with a greater understanding of the unique challenges veterans face.”

Sign Up For A Class

If you are interested in enrolling in our next session of programming, you can register by calling the NAMI of Erie County Office (814) 456-1773, or you can register online here

Additional information on our NAMI Homefront Program is available in our local brochure: