NAMI Greater Houston, a Houston based non-profit organization, is sponsoring a free, 4-hour seminar that informs and supports family members, neighbors, co-workers, partners, friends and significant others who know someone living with a mental health condition. Participants will learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. We also share related community-based resources to help participants navigate mental health services in our area.
Seminar leaders are family members who have experience teaching and facilitating NAMI programs and understand mental health recovery through first-hand experiences. Seminars are free to the public and open to anyone in search for mental health service linkages and general information on the topic of mental health.
Because mental health issues are prevalent impacting 1 and 5 people. Sometimes, understanding where to go for help and what to do next can be a challenge for many.
Added trauma, such as natural disasters, can exacerbate those statistics. There are many Houstonians that are experiencing mental health challenges related to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, many for the first time in their lives. In the case of Hurricane Katrina, studies showed that 30% to 50% of all Katrina survivors suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress, Disorder Major Depression and anxiety disorders. Homes and belongings can always be replaced. Your brain cannot. Let us help YOU! The seminar is no cost to you but registration is required to prepare materials and provide refreshments. In addition to the presentation, we will a participants manual and crisis folder with local resources for each registrant.