Education & Resources

Family Services provides a variety of educational classes to assist family members in better understanding mental health and the resources available.

SLO Hotline is suicide prevention, mental health support, and a comprehensive list of valuable resources. Confidential, free and available 24 hours of every day.



Family Orientation Class

This one day, 6-hour class is for families and persons of someone that they know or suspect has a mental illness. This workshop is designed to educate oneself about mental illness and learn about programs and support services available in the community. Participants must attend the entire 6-hour workshop to receive materials. This class is FREE.

Click HERE for upcoming classes

Call (805) 540-6571 for more information.



Families, Mental Illness, and Judicial System Class

This 6-hour class is designed for anyone who has a mentally ill loved one that is currently or formerly involved with the judicial system; or is in risk of becoming involved. Our goal is to help our mentally ill loved ones navigate and minimize continuing legal sanctions as they make progress in recovery and meet legal justice obligations. Participants must attend the entire 6-hour workshop to receive materials. This class is FREE.

Click HERE for upcoming classes

Call (805) 540-6571 for more information.



Nami's Family-to-Family Education Program

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course offering education and support for family members whose relative or loved one has schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, co-occurring brain disorders or addictive disorders. The class provides up-to-date information on the diseases, their causes and treatments available, as well as help and coping tools for the caregiver or loved one.

No classes are scheduled at this time.

To contact Henry Herrera, call (805) 440-3516
To contact NAMI, call (916) 567-0163



Youth Mental Health First Aid

A training designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, and health and human services workers how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

No classes are scheduled at this time.



For any questions, call Shawn Ison,
Family Services Program Manager
at (805) 540-6571

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