Please note: You must be 18 years or older to take this class and your loved one must also be 18 years or older.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're 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'll 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 People are 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."

"Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed."

"I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none."

To Pre-Register for one of the classes listed below, scroll down to the bottom of the page and fill out the form.

Because we care about the health and well-being of our community, we are working with all of our education program leaders and peer and family support group facilitators to move our classes and support groups to conference call and video conference formats effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 and running through December 31, 2021 or longer if required by the circumstances.

Register below
Questions? Email Iris Alamo, Program Director:

Family to Family Online Via Zoom -  

Starting January 12, 2022 - March 2, 2022
Time 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Teachers are Jen and Susan from NAMI Shoreline

Starting January 13, 2022 - March 3, 2022
Time 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Teachers and John and Jan from NAMI Elm City

Starting January 18, 2022 - March 8, 2022
Time 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Teachers and Marc and Vicky from NAMI Elm City

Fill out the following registration form and a teacher will be in touch soon for a brief phone interview.

Be sure to scroll to bottom of form and click Submit.

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