When you or a loved one is diagnosed with an illness you often feel alone and uncertain. I suggest that anyone who is affected by a brain based biological disorder or other emotional illness contact NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In the Princeton area we have NAMI Mercer, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness by providing education, mutual support and advocacy. They are the only organization in
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Family to Family Education Course
Join us for a free 30 hour course designed for families and friends of adult individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. (2 ½ hrs per week for 12 weeks) For further information, please e-mail Linda McGrath at LMcgrath@namimercer.org or go to NAMI.org- Family to Family
NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The program was developed around elements that have been extensively tested and found to be highly effective in the field, including:
The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.
Just Friends is a group of NAMI Mercer members who are living with mental illness and who meet regularly for social activities. With minimal support from the NAMI Mercer and a few relatives, they plan, coordinate and schedule weekly social activities that include: bowling gatherings, pizza parties, theatrical and sports events, movie afternoons and sometimes bigger adventures like tubing down the Delaware. Every Friday night is walking night in Princeton. Families join them at picnics and holiday parties. They give each other understanding, acceptance, camaraderie, and grounds for self-esteem that can elude them in other settings.For further information, please e-mail Phyllis Wilmot at Home@namimercer.org.
NAMI CARE is a mutual support group for individuals facing the challenges of recovering from serious and persistent mental illness. Depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorder are only a few of the diagnoses of people who have found a supportive place within NAMI CARE.The group meets monthly on the 2nd and 3rd Mondays of the month from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Nami office. The group is facilitated by mental health consumers trained as facilitators. For further information, please call or email the NAMI office at firstname.lastname@example.org
W.R.A.P. (WELLNESS & RECOVERY ACTION PLAN)
WRAP is a structured mutual support group for individuals recovering from serious and persistent mental illness. Over an eight week period, participants follow a work plan that focuses on development of skills and behaviors that support each person's wellness. The program was developed by Mary Ellen Copeland and is widely utilized around the country. Facilitators are consumers trained in this method. The group meets once monthly on the first Monday of the month. Participants must make a commitment to attend all sessions. The program is offered several times a year. Once each group begins, it is closed to new members. For further information, please call or email the NAMI office at Home@namimercer.org.
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Helpline: Information and Referral, Telephone Support and Consultation
Helpline volunteers are family members themselves. There is also a licensed mental health professional on staff. People can call us Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, to find answers to many questions family members and consumers have about how to navigate through the mental health service delivery system, at 1-609-799-8994
Alexander Road Associates Phone: 609-419-0400
707 Alexander Road, Building 2, Suite 202
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Fax# (609) 419-9200