The Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-session course taught by other family members who have received intensive training for its presentation. Instruction and course materials are provided free to class participants.

This training is free but registration is required, please all NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region at 570-342-1047 or email

Class topics 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 evidence-based treatments to promote recovery.

✓ Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.

✓ Problem solving, listening, and communication techniques.

✓Acquiring strategies for handling mental health 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 mental health services.

In Our Own Voice 

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI in which trained speakers share their compelling story of living with mental illness and achieving recovery.   

IOOV presentations change attitudes, assumptions and ideas about people with mental health conditions.

These free, 40-, 60- or 90-minute presentations provide a personal perspective of mental health conditions, as leaders with lived experience talk openly about what it's like to have a mental health condition.

Call 570-342-1047 to find out how you can bring an
IOOV presentation to your organization!

Mental Health First Aid

NAMI PA Scranton & Northeast Region offers Mental Health First Aid training. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, internationally offered program that has been found to help people be more comfortable giving support and information to someone who is struggling with a behavioral health problem (mental health or substance abuse).

Like regular first aid, MHFA is the temporary care given to someone until professional care can be rendered. Graduates become aware of others behavior as well as their own, they learn about resources in the community as well as communication strategies and there is a solid focus on self-care.

Mental Health First Aid allows for early detection and intervention by teaching participants about the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictions. The program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like “What can I do?” and “Where can someone find help?” Participants are introduced to local mental health resources, national organizations, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training, upon completion participants receive certification that is good for 3 years and can easily be renewed online. Contact the NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region office at 570-342-1047 or email at to find out how to bring this important training to your organization or to enroll in an existing training.

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NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region

846 Jefferson Avenue

Scranton, PA 18510