NAMI Family-to-Family

Family-to-Family is a free, 8-week class for family, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness.

Research shows that Family-to-Family makes a big difference in the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to someone living with a mental health condition. It’s an official evidenced-based program by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

In the class, you’ll learn a lot…

  • How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • How to take care of yourself and managing your stress
  • How you can develop the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
  • About how to find and use local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • About current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • About schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and dual diagnosis
  • Basics about the brain and mental illness
  • More about medication
  • About the impact of mental illness on the entire family

What you’ll gain…

Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises. The class not only provides critical 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 Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience.

What people are saying

“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.”

Sign Up for a Class

For info about – and to register for – the next NAMI Family-to-Family course, please contact the Helpline at 212-684-3264 or click below to send an email.

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