• NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
        The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

        • The course is taught by trained family members
        • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
        • Over 115,000 family members have graduated from this national program

    What does the course include?

      • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
      • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
      • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
      • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
      • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
      • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
      • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
      • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
      • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services
  • Prodrome Assessment Research and Treatment (PART) Program. The Prodrome Assessment Research and Treatment (PART) program is a research clinic at UCSF offering evaluation and treatment for young people at ultra high risk of developing a psychotic disorder, such as schizophrenia. Through our research, we hope to better predict the onset of psychosis among at-risk youth, and to identify effective interventions that can reduce the severity – or perhaps, even prevent the onset – of psychosis.
  • Prevention and Recovery of Early Psychosis (PREP) care to Bay Area residents who are suffering from the signs and symptoms of serious mental illness associated with psychosis.
  • Schizophrenia.com, a non-profit web community dedicated to providing high quality information, support and education to the family members, caregivers and individuals whose lives have been impacted by schizophrenia.
  • National Institutes of Mental Health information on schizophrenia
  • National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Raises funds and gives grants for psychiatric brain disorder research, in an effort to find the causes, better treatments, and eventual cures for these disorders.
  • ACCESS Program – Alameda County
    • Alcohol, Drug, & Mental Health Treatment Services 1-(800)-491-9099, (510)-346-1010
  • Pool of Consumer Champions
    Alameda County Contacts: Consumer Relations Department 510-639-1341