NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions. The sessions are taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there and includes presentations, discussions, and interactive exercises.
Who Can Take the Course?
The course is open to any adult (18 and over) family member, partner, or friend with a relative or loved one with a mental health condition, even if the condition is not diagnosed.
What Will You Gain?
NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love but you will also find out that you are not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.
The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. Sharing your own experience may help others in your class. In the program, you will learn about:
- How to solve problems and communicate effectively
- Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
- Supporting your loved one with compassion
- Finding and using local supports and services
- Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
- How to handle a crisis
- Current treatments and therapies
- The impact of mental health conditions on the entire family
What Are Participants Saying?
“The course gave me hope that it will be okay, that I am not alone and reduced a lot of shame, guilt, and hopelessness.”
“I wish I’d known about this seven years ago when the problem began. I felt safe in this class. I was able to talk about things I haven’t been comfortable expressing elsewhere.”
How Do I Sign Up?
Dates and registration are TBD. Follow our website and social media for updates.
How Do I Get Involved?
If you are interested in leading this course, you must be an adult (18 and over) who has or had a family member with a mental health condition. If you would like to become a program leader, please click here for more information on requirements and the application process.