The members of NAMI-WRV are ordinary people in the community who've been touched by mental illness. "When my family started down this path in 1993, we hadn't a clue where to turn. There wasn't even a psychiatrist available. We had to educate ourselves about mental illness, find resources ourselves, and support our family member in every way we could," says a NAMI member.
Due to the efforts of our members, NAMI-WRV was officially organized in 2001 and became an affiliate of NAMI National. From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with mental illness.
NAMI's efforts are focused on educating America about mental illness, offering resources to those in need, and insisting that mental illness become a high national priority.
"It's unbelievable how far we've come since 1993: dozens of good medications, much greater public awareness, more psychiatrists and pyschologists, movies and books, and internet resources." The NAMI member continued, "But we still don't have a cure and, until we do, we 'll be here to provide help to everyone who needs it."
A free 12-session/6-week education program for family members, partners,
and friends of individuals living
with mental illness.
Each session is structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being.
The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) family member volunteers who know what it’s like to have a loved one struggling with
one of these brain disorders.
Classes are held twice a week beginning on February 4th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, and
continue for six (6) weeks on the
Lower Level of the offices of NAMI – Wood River Valley located at the southeast corner of South Main and East Maple Streets in Hailey, Idaho.
For more information, please call
Nancy Kennette at (208) 788-4347, or the NAMI Helpline at 309-1987.