Three organizations helping families
Way Station provides education and support for families who have loved ones with mental illness, as does NAMI and Behavioral Health Partners of Sheppard Pratt.
Way Station offers an ongoing monthly support group that is open to families and their loved one. This group is held on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00pm in the dining room at Way Station’s building at 230 W. Patrick Street in Frederick. All are welcome.
Family-to-Family NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides many offerings. Information about NAMI’s programs can be accessed at www.namimd.org or www.namifcmd.org.
Family Psycho Education In Frederick, Behavioral Health Partners of Sheppard Pratt offers an Evidence Based Group Practice called Family Psycho Education which is a problem solving approach developed to assist families and their loved ones use positive communication skills while working together to build plans designed to solve problems identified by group participants.
“By sharing experiences with the family support groups I think you learn a great deal more about the symptoms of mental illness, especially as they relate to your family member that suffers from it. Before you have this knowledge you will be confused and frustrated when dealing with your loved one. You have been dealing with behavior that you did not understand for some time before realizing that the illness is involved. You may have come to many conclusions about your family member that were incorrect. By hearing similar behaviors described by other members of the group and interacting with family members that are in the same situation it speeds up the earning process for dealing with a person with mental issues.
“Secondly, attending NAMI Family-to-Family sessions gives you a more realistic expectation for the outcomes with regard to your affected family member. You learn to accept that there will likely be no “miracle cure”, but learn to accept the small steps forward as progress and not to be too disappointed when there are steps backward. The course of this disease is not really different from many other diseases that are “treatable” but no dramatically “curable”. Seeing other cases gives you a better expectation of likely results for your family member.”