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Monthly Educational Meeting Location

United Way Office – Community Room

240 Elm Street

Cumming, GA 30040

NAMI  FDL  Monthly Educational Meeting

Our NAMI FDL Monthly Educational meetings are held each month on the third Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  at the United Way Community Room in downtown Cumming.    The United Way office is located at 240 Elm Street.    Please come join us for a valuable educational opportunity.  We host speakers from around the state that will discuss relative issues pertaining to mental health and resources for families and individuals living with a mental illness. Please check our calendar and these meetings are open to the public.  No registration is required and refreshments will be served.  Please note – the educational meetings are suspended for the summer months of June, July and August.


NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with a serious emotional disturbance or mental illness. The program is intended for any parent, grandparent or foster parent who is the caregiver of a child up to age 21 who has not graduated high school. The class may also include aunts, uncles, adult siblings or other relatives who are responsible for the child. The course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or caregiver of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.

The course consists of six classes (usually in six consecutive weeks), each lasting for 2 ½ hours.  All instruction materials are FREE to participants. Click here for video and additional information about the NAMI Basics Course. For information, contact Ovie Hughie , 678-341-9414  or

Family-to-Family Class

Our next Family-to-Family class will begin in September 2018 (specific date to be announced).  If you would like to sign up for this class, please contact Linda Fitzwater, 678-947-6156 or

Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited; no one accepted after class limit is reached. This is a free educational program for family members, close friends and mentors of the mentally ill (depression, PTSD, bipolar, BPD, schizophrenia, etc.) We ask an 11 week commitment to the series; each week’s topic is different. All classes fit together to form a better understanding of brain disorders and help participants learn to cope more effectively with the burden of mental illness. A six month follow up study shows after attending the class, family members and friends are empowered and become a positive influence with recovery.

Family-to-Family is also being taught outside of the United States and has been translated from English into six other languages.

Click here for video and additional information about the Family-to-Family Course.



Peer-to-Peer is a program for people with a serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. The course was written by Kathryn Cohan McNulty, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator. Peer-to-Peer consists of nine two-hour units and is taught by a team of trained “Mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. Click here for additional information about the Peer-to-Peer Course.

Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental illness.  The program is often taught in schools.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations include a lead presenter who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma. Click here for a video and additional information about Ending the Silence.

CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Training

A free 40-hour, five day training program taught by mental health professionals provided by NAMI GA and the GBI. It equips Georgia law enforcement officers with the skills and knowledge to better understand situations and defuse crises involving the mentally ill.  The CIT vision is to see a Georgia where individuals with mental illness and other brain disorders receive medical treatment, not criminal incarceration.  If you call 911 with a mental health emergency, you should ask for a CIT officer to respond. Most counties in the Atlanta metro area have CIT officers including Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin.  Click here for a video and additional information.



Jan. 5-9, 2009 CIT Class

In Our Own Voice

In Our Own Voice is a unique public education program in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. The free presentations involve speaking as well as media and are given to students, law enforcement, politicians, professionals or interested civic groups. Contact  to schedule a presentation for your group. Click here for video and additional information about the In Our Own Voice Presentation.



In Our Own Voice Presentation at CIT Training

Parents and Teachers as Allies

Coming to our area soon. This is a free 2 hour in-service training for teachers. The class gives teachers keys to early recognition and treatment of mental illness by providing signs of early-onset in children and adolescents, teaching to understand family reactions, and learning how to navigate the referral process. It is proven that the earlier mental illness is detected, understood and treated, the better the outcome and impact on families, schools, communities and our country.


De Familia a Familia Class

The Family-to-Family Class taught in Spanish is available in Georgia.


As you can see, NAMI helps not only the mentally ill and their families, but the community at large.


Important Notice

NAMI programs should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of mental health professionals. We cannot, and do not, assume the role of a physician or therapist.

Self-care information, and family and peer support are valuable assets in working through the many challenges faced by individuals and families who have been touched by serious mental illness. They are complimentary to, but not substitutes for, professional assistance.

NAMI cannot be held responsible for the use of the information we provide. Please always consult a trained mental health professional before making any decision regarding treatment of yourself or others.


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