Family to Family Education Program

The Family-to-Family Education Program is for families of individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. Family members learn the skills they need when faced with the problems of mental illness in a loved one.  This free program, distributed and supported by NAMI National, balances education and skill-training with self-care, emotional support, and empowerment. The 12-session program is taught by trained volunteers and is one of the most important programs offered by NAMI. Over 100,000 family members across the country have taken this course. 

NAMI-GBA Family to Family Brochure



NAMI Greater Bloomington Area's spring 2014 Family-to-Family class begins Wednesday, February 26. 
Seats are still available.  Please e-mail Janet James, jjames@indiana.edu or call (812) 345-3294 to pre-registerSpring 2014 Flyer

NAMI Basics: Fundamentals of caring for you, your family, and your child with mental illness

This new NAMI program is being offered here in Bloomington! The six-week education program is intended for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with brain disorders such as ADHD, major depression, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, childhood onset schizophrenia, and co-morbid disorders such as substance abuse. It is NOT necessary that the child have an "official" diagnosis.


The free course is taught by two trained instructors, Daunna Minnich and Sarah Hunt, each of whom are parents of children with mental illness who experienced symptoms of brain disorders prior to the age of thirteen. There is no charge to participate, however class size is limited to 20 participants and there is no childcare provided.

Classes are usually be held for a period of six consecutive weeks.  Normally the class is held in the summer.

Examples of topics covered include:
-It's Not Your Fault: mental illnesses are brain disorders
-The biology of mental illness
-getting an accurate diagnosis
-Navigating the System: schools, juvenile justice, and mental health

Please contact Sarah Hunt (sarah.f.hunt@gmail.com) or Daunna Minnich (daunna@aol.com),  or call 812-369-3119 for more information.

Support Groups

Support groups are offered through NAMI Greater Bloomington Area.  Because mental illness strikes persons of all walks of life, we provide support groups that can offer a comprehensive view on the many facets of living with a mental illness.


NAMI Greater Bloomington Area has a support group meeting every third Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington.  Our February and March meetings will take place in room 1A. Our April meeting will meet in room 1C. We also meet jointly with the Mental Health America's TLC Group, which meets on the first Monday of the month. Everyone in search of support is welcome.  To learn more, please call 812-369-3119.


Book Club

Our Book Club no longer meets but we hope to some day reactivate it.
Past Meetings:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 canceled
Wednesday, August, 22, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 (more)
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Wednesday, August, 21, 2013 (more)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 (more)
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Family Advisory Committee

Advocating for appropriate community treatment for consumers of mental health services is an important activity of NAMI Greater Bloomington Area.  Over the past three years, the six members of the Family Advisory Committee have met regularly with some of the administration and staff at Centerstone (formerly the Center for Behavioral Health).  These meetings are to discuss concerns that family members have expressed about the policies and procedures of the center.


The emphasis of these meetings has been on the important role that family members play in the successful treatment of their loved ones.  Although hampered by federal and state regulations with regard to confidentiality, the meetings have tried to find ways that vital information can be shared.  Family members are often the primary caregivers and need to communicate with the center professionals in order to provide effective support.

For more information, or to be involved in the Family Advisory Committee, please contact Lee Strickholm at 812-339-5440.


Important Forms

Download important forms for your loved ones when dealing with the Bloomington Hospital.

Special Needs Application for Emergency Services
Power of Attorney Form
Authorization for Release/Receipt of Information
Application for Emergency Detention
Physician's Emergency Statement
Endorsement by Judicial Officer

Release of Information Form for Meadows Hospital
Bloomington Meadows Hospital Release of Information Form

Newsletters Available

Miss our latest newsletter?  Download archived issues here.  To be added to our mailing list, please send your name and address to Lee Strickholm at leestrick AT aol.com or call 812-339-5440.

Issue No. 3 (October 2006)
Issue No. 4 (January 2007)
Issue No. 5 (May 2007)
Issue No. 6 (October 2007)
Issue No. 7 (January 2008)
Issue No. 8 (May 2008)
Issue No. 9 (September 2008)
Issue No. 10 (February 2009)
Issue No. 11 (July 2009)
Issue No. 12 (December 2009)
Issue No. 13 (May 2010)
Issue No. 14 (September 2010)
Issue No. 15 (January 2011)
Issue No. 15.5 (April 2011)
Issue No. 16 (November 2011)
Issue No. 17 (January 2012)
Issue No. 18 (April 2012)
Issue No. 19 (September 2012)
Issue No. 20 (April 2013)
Issue No. 21 (September 2013)

  

Every journey begins with that first step. In 2013, thousands of concerned citizens in more than 40 communities across the nation will join NAMI Walks and will walk together to raise money and awareness about our country's need for a world-class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness. Won't you join us?

For more information or to find a walk near you, visit www.nami.org and click on NAMI Walks.