(WTNH)- Supporting and educating people in Connecticut affected by mental illness. NAMI Connecticut is hoping to reach out to more veterans in need.
On Good Morning Connecticut at 9, Frank Somohano, a veteran who is running NAMI connection support groups and Pat Kuzenki, who is married to a veteran receiving mental health services came to talk about their experience with the free homefront program. Program Director of Nami Connecticut Paloma Bayona also came to talk about NAMI.
NAMI Connecticut provides support, education and advocacy for Connecticut’s citizens affected by mental illness. Right now there are three support groups for Veterans, two in West Haven and one in Newington. These support groups are peer-led that are open to all Vets who needs support as they recover, regardless of diagnosis.
NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery.
The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/ Veteran. The class is free but you are expected to attend all six sessions.