If you or a family member or friend is struggling, there is help. NAMI is there to provide you with support for you and your family and information about community resources.
Find information about NAMI Washtenaw County support groups and educational programs, as well as information about other local resources, on this website or call our office at 734-994-6611. To find out where is a NAMI program or support group someplace near you nationally, or if you have any questions about dissociative disorders, contact the NAMI HelpLine at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-care is a must. It provides a sense of grounding. Here are some tips:
- Keep a journal Journaling is one way to help improve awareness. It can include writing or artwork from any part of the dissociated self.
- Mindfulness Techniques that use the senses to guide yourself back to the present are useful you are in the throes of a flashback, feeling “out-of-body”, or recalling memories that are too painful to cope with. These can include things like touching a piece of fabric, sniffing something with a strong scent, or focusing on breathing slowly and deeply.
- Letting alters emerge In DID, planning for separate identities to come out in a safe place and time allows them to have experiences you may have been denied in an abusive childhood.
If you live with a mental health condition, learn more about managing your mental health and finding the support you need.
Helping a Family Member or Friend
As with any mental illness, the caring support of loved ones cannot be underestimated. Specifically for individuals with a traumatic past, encouragement and support of friends and family is very important. NAMI offers several resources, including the Family to Family education program and NAMI Adult Loved Ones support groups.
The Sidran Institute is one of the biggest trauma education and advocacy organizations in the country, and has many resources available.
Information on this page has been provided by nami.org.