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NAMI Family-to-Family: What is it?

Due to COVID-19, all classes will be conducted online using the Zoom app. You can learn from the comfort of home. Complete an application for a future class — contact the Warmline at 866-960-6264 or

What is Family-to-Family? It’s a free education program, consisting of eight individual sessions that are designed for anyone who has a family member/loved  with with a serious mental health condition. This includes conditions such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, PTSD or another serious mental illness.The course is taught by family members with lived experience, who have taken the course and then been trained as teachers. They are individuals who want to give back to our community and to share the unique understanding that comes with lived experience and learning.

Those who take the course often do not realize how much they have in common with other families and caregivers who provide emotional, financial and/or practical support to someone who faces serious mental health challenges in life. Family-to-Family provides practical knowledge about mental illness, the brain, medications and treatment options. Family-to-Family also provides valuable connectedness with others who understand what providing support entails. 

To find out if this class would be a good fit for you, please contact our Warmline. Call 866-960-6264 or email

We can provide you with a course outline and an application form, as well as answer any questions you may have.

What Past Family-to-Family participants say about the course:

“We were scared, angry, hurt and ignorant before our class… and now (while we may still feel those emotions), we also 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. I’ve learned practical solutions to 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 liked learning about other people’s experiences; knowing that many people go through what I go through teaches me that I’m not alone.”

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