Family Match Program

Are you a sibling, partner, spouse, or daughter or son of someone with a mental illness? Do you feel alone and overwhelmed? We can help.

Taking care of someone with a mental health issue can be isolating and overwhelming. NAMI-NYC’s Family Match Program provides free, one-on-one emotional support from one family member to another by telephone.

Our program connects you with someone whose family member has a similar diagnosis or situation.  Our mentors have “been there,” where you are, and are ready to provide emotional support.

What people are saying

“I want to tell you how great [my mentor] has been with the family match program. It has been so helpful for me and supportive!! She is wonderful!! My mother has been benefiting too because I have been sharing some of the insights I am learning so now she is starting to talk to relatives and friends about my brothers mental illness which she didn’t do before. So this is amazing. I can’t say enough how helpful this program has been. The next step is to get more help for my brother and I know that will come.”

Your Family Match mentor will call you to:

  • Provide emotional support.
  • Listen to your story.
  • Share experiences.
  • Share ideas for taking care of yourself.
  • Share ideas for advocating for your family member across the mental health systems.

To get started, contact the Helpline at 212-684-3264 or via email, and ask for a family match.