NAMI Classes

Mental Illness is a health topic that affects many families. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million -- experiences mental illness in a given year. Around 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—10 million —experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits at least one of their major life activities. Mental illness affects military veterans and business owners, nurses and farmers. It affects the youth and the elderly. Family members can sometimes feel overwhelmed as they try to learn more about a mental illness, the treatment options, and how to provide support to their loved ones.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Northeast Iowa is presenting Family-to-Family, a free 12-week class for family members of older teens and adults living with mental illness. The class is led by trained facilitators who share the experience as a family member. Topics covered include symptoms and treatments of mental illnesses, brain biology, medications, recovery and rehabilitation. Coping skills, self-care, communication skills, problem-solving and advocacy strategies are also vital elements of the class. Weekly classes will begin on Thursday, September 5, at 6 pm in Postville.

Pre-registration is required. To register, please call Susan Friedrich at 563-422-7882 or online at

NAMI Northeast Iowa offers Family-to-Family and other free resources in order to provide support, education, and advocacy for all people affected by mental illness.