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NAMI Family-to-Family Education

If you have a loved one who lives with mental health challenges such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder or other serious mental illness, you may not realize how much you have in common with other families, caregivers, partners, co-workers and friends. Family-to-Family is designed with you in mind.

What is it?

As NAMI’s flagship program, Family-to-Family is a free 12-session class for adults (18+) taught by NAMI-trained family members with lived experience. The class offers practical mental health knowledge and guidance for developing coping and problem-solving skills essential to supporting your loved one, while taking care of yourself. Call our Warmline (866-960-6264) to find out if the class is a good fit for you and ask for an application form so that we can include you in our planning for an upcoming class.

Family-to-Family is a SAMSHA-designated “evidence-based best practice,” meaning it is a program that works based on research. Available in communities across the country, Family to Family offers help and hope to families affected by mental illness.

Subjects covered include:

  • Major mental illnesses: Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia, Panic Disorder, Major Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Co-occurring Disorders (mental health and substance use)
  • Commonly prescribed psychiatric medications
  • How to prepare for a mental health crisis
  • How to be an advocate for a loved one with mental illness
  • Communication and listening techniques
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Understanding relapse and recovery 
  • Self-care tools related to coping with worry and stress
  • Finding local resources that can help

For more information and to participate in an upcoming class: Please call our office at 707-527-6655 and ask to speak with Jose Castro or a Warmline Specialist. 

What People are Saying:

” We were scared, angry, hurt, p____ed off and ignorant before our class… and now (while we may still feel those emotions) have empathy, tolerance and understanding. Thank you for all you do!”

“I’m learning everything here! How medication works; how the brain works; coping skills; empathy and communication skills. The class has great leaders who are knowledgeable, compassionate, and professional. It’s wonderful to be in a group of people with similar problems and feelings.”

“It’s priceless to know I’m not alone; so many of us are going through the same things. Giving practical solutions to help cope with situations. Don’t know what I would do or how I would live without the help of NAMI.”

“I learned that there is no fault in mental illness. This class has helped me shift my attitude towards my daughter’s behavior.”

“I like learning and hearing other people’s experiences; knowing that many people go through what I go through teaches me that I’m not going through it alone.”

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