The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Cape Cod is a grass-roots non-profit organization serving the families and friends of people with mental illness, as well as the individuals who have a mental illness themselves on Cape Cod and The Islands. Programs and Services are provided through Support, Education and Advocacy. We are an affiliate of both NAMI Massachusetts and NAMI National in Washington D.C.
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NAMI Cape Cod & The Islands serves individuals and their families who are affected by the broad spectrum of mental illnesses and neurological disorders through support, education and advocacy, and promotes wellness for all.
NAMI Cape Cod & The Islands strives to provide an understanding of the broad spectrum of neurological disorders and differences. We provide a network of systems and support groups and educational programming for individuals and their families. We advocate for and support services for the mental wellness of our total constituency. Enlightenment and education of the general public on matters of mental health is part of the ultimate goal.
NAMI Cape Cod & The Islands offers a variety of courses, support and educational programs:
A twelve week course for family members, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness that helps participants understand and support their loved one with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Thousands of families describe the program as life- changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. Topics include: specific mental illnesses, medications and brain biology, coping skills, communication skills, crisis & relapse and self-care.
NAMI Cape Cod & The Islands is pleased to offer this booklet, The Primer, as a tool for families and friends of those suffering from mental/behavioral health issues. The topics were chosen based on the questions that were most often posed and the issues presented in our support calls at the office. It became evident that there was a need to supply some basic information and to make it available to the community..
Family Connections is a free 12-session series for relatives of persons with difficulty managing their emotions. Behaviors often present are mood instability, difficulties with anger, relationship problems, impulsivity and self harm. Sometimes these behaviors are diagnosed to be Borderline Personality Disorder. Regardless of the label, these symptoms are difficult to observe in a loved one.
In addition to better understanding these challenging behaviors and developing a network of support, this course will help participants learn skills that focus on acceptance and on how to manage themselves and their relationships more effectively.
Our speaker series features expert presenters on various topics of mental health and the mental health care system.
We are an information and referral resource for people needing assistance with issues involving mental illness.
Offered across Cape Cod and on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, usually monthly. See "Support" for schedules.
Community Crisis Intervention Team “It Takes A Community” brings together representatives from the police departments on Cape Cod, Cape Cod Healthcare's Emergency Department, Behavioral Health Department, as well as other community resources to train police to better deal with mental health crises and to redirect them away from the criminal justice system and towards mental health services.
NAMI Cape Cod & The Islands is committed to providing the tools needed to help children and adolescents succeed.
In 2019, we continue working with with Mass General Hospital Department of Psychiatry's evidence-based program Think:Kids : Collaborative Problem Solving to bring this program into school systems across Cape Cod.
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help them connect to the appropriate care.
NAMI Homefront is a free 6-session class for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans. The classes help families comprehend what the Military Service Member/Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions.