The Best Evidence-Based Class of Its Kind. NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.
This class is only for family members of people suffering from a diagnosed brain disorder/mental illness, such as: depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
If you would like to take this class, please complete the form at the bottom of this page and a Family-to-Family instructor will contact you.
Families and Loved Ones Call This Class a Life-Changer
- Classes are 2.5 hours long and include a light snack. Classes start on time – please arrive on time.
- There is no cost and all materials are supplied. All personal information in the class is treated according to strict guidelines for confidentiality.
- This is a series of 12 classes and we recommend that you attend all of them to get the full benefit of your time investment.
What you will learn in these classes
- Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
- Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
- Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
- Empathy by understanding for the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
- Problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
- Strategies for handling crises and relapse
- How as a caregiver you can cope with worry, stress, and emotional overload
- Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
- Information about advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services