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


“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.”


NAMI Family-to-Family Teachers
NAMI Family-to-Family teachers are trained NAMI leaders. They play an important role in ensuring that all participants feel welcomed and supported. NAMI Family-to-Family teachers are uniquely qualified to lead a class because they love and support a person living with a mental health condition. Teachers therefore can empathize with and encourage those who are just beginning or continuing their journey with a loved one. NAMI Family-to-Family teachers ensure that the class achieves the educational objectives. 


If you are interested in becoming a NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher, please contact Jazmin Cartwright at


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