Family Support Services at KCMHSAS

A free, confidential and trauma informed service for family members of individuals with a mental illness


Family Support Services works with individual families to assist them by clarifying options so they can make informed, educated choices, helping them cope with crisis situations and providing emotional support and education.

Those We Serve

Family Support Services offers free, confidential, trauma informed services

to family members and friends of adults with mental illnesses such as:

·   Schizophrenia and other thought disorders

·   Depression, Bipolar and other mood disorders

·   Trauma and anxiety disorders

·   Personality disorders

·   Co-occurring disorders


Goals of Family Support Services:

·   To help families manage their day-to-day grief and stress

·   To decrease families feelings of isolation and helplessness

·   To increase families feelings of hope in the future.

·   To strengthen the relationship between families and their loved ones

·   To enhance partnerships between families and mental health professionals

Contact our Family Support Specialist, Deb Schauer LMSW, at (269)364-6961 or e-mail

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KCMHSAS proudly supports NAMI of Kalamazoo Family Support programs.  Keep up on both organizations as well as programs/events on our website and NAMI's website, accessible by clicking the logo above!


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Classes and training for family members


NAMI and KCMHSAS also offer a Family to Family class at KCMHSAS’s 418 West Kalamazoo Avenue location.  This program, which is also offered free of charge, is facilitated by two family members with lived experience with oversight being provided by a KCMHSAS staff member. 


This is 11 session educational program is Evidence Based and is designed for caregivers, in the form of family members, partners, friends and significant others, to learn to balance the sometimes difficult tasks of caring for adults living with a mental illness while also maintaining their own well-being. 


This program has been described by thousands of families as life changing and praise is shared by the same families and more about the program teaching participants that “You don’t have to deal with mental illness in isolation”.


What is being offered:

·        Families In Action educational series

·        Written information

·        Topical speakers

·        Consultation with families, professionals, and community groups

·        Resource referral

·        A lending library of books, journals, and videos


Family members of individuals with a mental illness have opportunities to learn about:

·        Symptoms of mental illness

·        Co-occurring disorders

·        Dealing with grief and loss

·        Dealing with violence

·        Suicide prevention

·        Treatment options

·        Stress reduction

·        Communication skills

·        Community resources


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Printable/Shareable Information

Printable/Shareable Information

Please feel free to click on any of the desired pictures below to access a printable/shareable version. 


 Family-to-Family Flyer                         Family-to-Family Brochure & Class Schedule                      Family Support Group



NAMI Monthly Discussion Group

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NAMI of Kalamazoo Discussion Groups


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Helpful Resources

Newsletter Archive

Click on a volume below to re-read the Family Support Newsletter

Volume 17
Volume 18
Volume 19
Volume 20
Volume 21

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