NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session education program for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans with mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and Veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.
The course is designed to
help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it’s like to have a loved one living with symptoms of a mental health condition.
NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:
Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
Support your family member with compassion
Identify and access federal, state and local services
Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression and substance use
Understand current treatments and evidence-based therapies
Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family
Manage a crisis, solve problems and communicate effectively
NAMI Homefront is an adaptation of the evidence-based NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program, which has been taught in VA health facilities since the late 1990s.
“It’s the first step I have taken to get more involved personally with the VA. The first step I have taken to take care of me.”
— Mother of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Homefront class held at the VA in NY