NAMI CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS, AND WHAT WE ARE DOING

Mission:  Educate, Support and Advocate for families with a relative with mental illness

v Daily support and crisis calls or calls for information and appropriate referrals

v Family-to-Family 12- week education courses throughout the Cape and Islands to help families understand and deal with mentally ill loved ones

v Drop-in family support groups throughout the Cape & Islands

v Specialized workshops for parents, mental health professionals and educators to deal with challenging children: “Think:Kids”, collaborative problem solving approach, developed by the psychiatry department at Mass General Hospital

v Borderline Personality Disorder 12-week course to help families cope with this disorder, in conjunction with the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

v Focus on Advocacy:  We have a legal consultant to advise us on client legal issues and to review and monitor current legislation to improve the conditions of those with mental illness.    Join our Advocacy Network at advocacy@namicapecod.org

v Community Crisis Intervention Team Training and Jail Diversion—in 2017 NAMI CC&I will host two “It Takes A Community” 5-day training sessions  for police departments throughout Cape Cod

v The ‘Primer’, a free, comprehensive compilation of mental health disorders, symptoms, treatment plans as well as discussions on what to expect with crises and hospitalizations of mentally ill loved ones (will be completed summer 2017)

v Falmouth High School ‘Mental Wellness Club’

v Collaboration with Cape Cod Behavioral Healthcare, the Department of Mental Health and local police departments to improve emergency room practices

v Initiated NAMI on Nantucket with its own program coordinator and dedicated phone

v Collaboration with ‘Dance in the Rain’ – a peer-to-peer organization with programs and support group for those with mental illness

v Monthly newsletter to inform readers of NAMI events, advocacy efforts and mental health research

v Lending library of books, pamphlets and articles on mental health conditions

v Extensive resource and referral list for Cape Cod and the Islands

v HomeFront, specially adapted Family-to-Family course for the military (currently being developed)

v Joint venture with the YMCA, addressing the link between diabetes & depression (currently being developed)

All of our programming is free and open to the public.