NAMI Family & Friends

NAMI Family & Friends is a free 90-minute or four-hour seminar for people who have loved ones with a mental health condition, where you’ll learn how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

What You’ll Learn

The seminar is led by trained volunteers with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics.

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery
  • Effective communication strategies
  • The importance of self-care
  • Crisis preparation strategies
  • NAMI and community resources

What People Are Saying

“Hearing personal experiences and how relatable my experiences are to them was very helpful. Hearing specific strategies to communicate and specific traits that people with mental illness have. Know that the illness is what can cause “cruelty” and poor decisions rather than the person.”

“I have a better understanding of how mental illness impacts the person affected…it was nice to hear the stories of the instructors and their paths. The handbook (eBook) given has a lot of helpful information which I did not know about.”

For information about Family & Friends, please contact the Helpline at 212-684-3264 or email us.

Our Classes  |  NAMI Basics  |  NAMI Family-to-Family  |  NAMI Homefront  |  NAMI Peer-to-Peer  |  Hope for Recovery  |  NAMI Family & Friends