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McSilver Institute Evaluates the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

February 26, 2016

The McSilver Institute completed a year-long evaluation of NAMI-NYC Metro's implementation of NAMI's Family-to-Family (F2F) educational program for family, caregivers, and friends of people living with serious mental illness (SMI). The free, peer-led program was designed to help those close to people with SMI gain mental health knowledge and coping and stress management strategies that make them better able to support the recovery of their loved ones and improve their own self-care. Research has found a significant association between poverty and mental illness in the United States. The strain caused by caring for a person with SMI is also well documented.

Although several published studies had established the efficacy of the F2F program, it had never been tested in such a demographically diverse, high-poverty urban environment. The McSilver Institute developed a replication study for the distinct population served by NAMI-NYC Metro, deploying validated tools to measure participants' mental health knowledge, emotional distress/displeasure, coping strategies, emotional self-care, family functioning, and family empowerment at baseline and completion of the program. Similar to prior findings, the McSilver Institute evaluation found improvement acreoss all indicators, confirming the suitability of F2F without any revisions for NAM-NYC Metro's constituency.

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