Families healing together (online):
Families healing together is a great course for families/caregivers whose loved ones are suffering and/or recovering from mental health disorders.
I personally know a few people who have found help through this course.
In the words of the founder of this course:
Families Healing Together provides transformative mental health education and support—interactively and online. Our strengths-based recovery methods move families past fear and confusion into new states of wholeness, well-being, and connectedness. We help families navigate the frustration that can follow a psychiatric diagnosis and the emotional distress that comes with psychosis and/or other mental health diagnoses. The Recovering Our Families Online Class is purposely facilitated by people who have recovered from being labeled with a psychiatric disorder, and/or who have family currently in recovery. Further, the courses are interactive. Rather than focusing mostly on the “identified patient” the class has a strong focus on self-reflection, personal empowerment, empathy building, and communication.
This course has eight modules delivered over an 8-week period. Two or three lessons are posted each week. Lessons are delivered to participants email inboxes, as well as posted on the privacy-protected course page for discussion. Lessons include a combination of downloadable worksheets, lively discussions, audio files, research, questions for self-reflection, videos, artwork, photography, and more. Krista MacKinnon (who designed this course) specializes in mental health recovery education, curriculum development, group facilitation, and community organizing. Her work is informed by her own lived experience of recovery from a bipolar diagnosis. She has worked with families from a recovery perspective since 2003 in both Canada and the USA and has delivered and developed extensive training for mental health organizations across North America and Australia.
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness (In-person courses)
NAMI is committed to offering free, peer-led mental health education programs to the local community. In the NAMI-developed education classes, trained NAMI volunteers to combine their lived experiences with the most current information on mental illness, treatment options and recovery/support strategies to create an interactive, supportive and hope-based learning environment.
It is an educational course for family, caregivers, and friends of individuals living with mental illness. Classes are offered in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Korean. In general, 12-week education sessions are held in January, April, and September of each year.
I have taken this course personally and found it very informative and helpful.
It is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or who have already been diagnosed. Classes are offered in English. In general, 6-week sessions are held in April and September of each year.
It is a recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness. Classes are offered in English and Spanish. In general, 10-week sessions are held in January, March, April, July, August, and September of each year.
This program helps people who work with individuals living with mental illness understand the experience of mental illness from individual and family perspectives. Through exposure to personal stories, participants may gain tools that increase their empathy and professional skills thereby improving patient care. Classes are offered in English. In general, 5-week sessions are held in January, March, April, June, July, August and October of each year.
It was developed to meet the unique needs of families of our service members and veterans who are living with mental health conditions. It is a 6-session adaptation of the evidence-based NAMI Family-to-Family program. NAMI began offering NAMI Family-to-Family in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities around the country in 2000 to address the emotional toll of loving a service member or veteran with a mental health condition and the impact those symptoms can have on everyone around them. NAMI uses a peer education model to ensure love and respect for everyone involved — the individual living with the illness and the family members.
I will continue to add more courses as and when I find some useful ones.