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If you have questions about mental health challenges, NAMI NYC can help.

We help families and individuals affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.

All of our programs are led by trained volunteers with lived experience – we have “been there,” where you are. We offer 5 classes, 30 support groups, and phone-based Family Match, and Parent Match. Every service NAMI offers is available free of charge.

Have questions? Contact our Helpline at 212-684-3264 or

NAMI NYC class schedule

Learn more now by checking any of the boxes below, on the left, that describe what you’re looking for…and the person who you’re looking to find support for.

  • All classes require registration.
  • All support groups meet at NAMI-NYC, unless noted.
  • Some groups have instructions for first-timers.



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    Hope For Recovery Class

    Hope For Recovery is a day-long class open to both family of adults living with mental illness and adults living with mental illness.  Class members can share valuable information and experiences while also developing mutual understanding.

    In the class we talk about…

    • Understanding mental illness as a brain disease
    • Improving communications
    • Problem-solving strategies
    • What to do in a crisis
    • What we mean when we say “living in recovery”

    For information about the next Hope For Recovery class, and to register, please call the Helpline at 212-684-3264.

    Homefront Course

    NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session class for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.

    The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. Class topics include:

    • Basics about the brain and mental illness.
    • Understanding trauma.
    • Treatment systems and services including an overview of the D.O.D. military Health System, the VA, and civilian mental healthcare systems.
    • Problem-solving and communication skills.
    • Self-care and advocacy.

    “You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.”

    For information about the next Homefront course, please call the Helpline at 212-684-3264.

    Peer-to-Peer Course

    Peer-to-Peer is a free, 12-week class for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a team of trained “mentors” who are living healthy and productive lives with mental illness. Participants learn the tools needed to take control of their own wellness and recovery. Class topics include:

    • Understanding mental health disorders, with possible co-occurring substance abuse, treatment, and medication.
    • Addressing stigma, discrimination, and relationship issues.
    • How to identify tell-tale feelings, behaviors, or events that may warn of impending relapse.
    • Creating a “relapse prevention plan”.
    • The connection between a healthy lifestyle and mental health recovery.

    “It made me feel I was not alone in coping with mental illness. It gave me hope that I could recover and that my life would not always be filled with chaos, and it gave me positive role models to inspire me to strive for recuperation and success in life.”

    Classes are offered during the week, mornings, afternoons, and evenings. For information about the next Peer-to-Peer course, please call the Helpline at 212-684-3264.

    El Programa de pareo para padres

    ¿Tiene Ud. Un hijo o una hija de corta edad o adolescente con problemas de conducta o de salud mental? ¿Se siente solo/a o agobiado/a?


    Somos muchos los que ya hemos pasado por ese infortunio y estamos aquí para darle apoyo emocional SIN NINGÚN COSTO. Ni siquiera hace falta que Ud. deje su hogar para recibir este apoyo. Nosotros nos comunicaremos con Ud. Por teléfono — AYUDA ENTRE PADRES Y MADRES

    El Programa de Colaboración entre Padres de NAMI-NYC le pondrá en contacto con un padre o una madre que tiene un hijo o una hija con un diagnóstico parecido a su hijo o hija o que haya tenido que pasar por los mismos problemas que le agobian.

    Ese Padre o esa Madre:

    • Le ofrecerá apoyo emocional
    • Escuchará su historia
    • Compartirá con Ud. sus experiencias
    • Le dará ideas de cómo protegerse a sí mismo/a
    • Le dará ideas de cómo proteger a su hijo/a y obtener los mejores servicios sociales disponibles



    The NAMI-NYC Helpline provides support, information, referrals to community resources, and to NAMI-NYC’s own services, for individuals with mental health issues, and for their families. The Helpline is staffed by trained volunteers who have personal experience with the mental health system. Information about NAMI-NYC’s supports and services, mental illnesses, medication, treatment, and community resources is mailed upon request.

    Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm
    Please note: Memorial Day to Labor Day Friday schedule is 10am – 2pm

    De Familia a Familia

    De Familia a Familia es el curso de NAMI, reconocido y cientificamente probado, ofrecido por 12 semanas para familiares de individuos con severas enfermedades mentales. El curso se presenta por familiares entrenados. Toda la instrucción y los materiales del curso son gratis para los participantes.

    Las investigaciones academicas sobre este curso dan prueba de que al tomar este curso, los graduados obtienen un mayor entendimiento de la enfermedad mental, son mejor capacitados para enfrentar la vida, se preocupan menos, y se sienten nuevamente apoderados para abogar por una mejora en los tratamientos y servicios para su familiar querido. Los temas que toca el curso inclyen:

    • Esquizofrenia, depresión mayor, mania, desorden esquizoafectivo, desordenes del temperamento, desorden de la personalidad al margen, desordenes de la ansiedad, el sindroma de estres pos-traumatico, y la doble diagnosis.
    • Datos basicos sobre el cerebro y la enfermedad mental.
    • Una revisión de los medicamentos.
    • Talleres para desarrollar las destrezas en como resolver problemas y comunicar.
    • El cuidado propio y la abogacia propia.

    Para saber cuando empieza la proxima sesión de Familia a Familia, llame la Linea Telefónica de Ayuda. 212-684-3264.

    Family-to-Family Course

    Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session class for family, significant others and friends of people living with severe mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. The course is taught by trained family members. Available to Spanish-speakers as De Familia a Familia.

    Research shows that graduates gain a greater understanding of mental illness, are able to cope better, worry less, and feel newly empowered to advocate for better treatment and services for their relative. Class topics include:

    • Schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and dual diagnosis.
    • Basics about the brain and mental illness.
    • Medication review.
    • Problem-solving and communications skills workshops.
    • Self-care and advocacy.

    Please call the Helpline at 212-684-3264 for more information and to register for a Family-to-Family class.

    Kenneth Johnson Memorial Research Library

    Dedicated in the memory of Patricia Warburg Cliff’s son, Kenneth, the Kenneth Johnson Memorial Research Library (KJM Library) serves the research needs and reading pleasure of consumers and their families, professionals in the field, and the general public. Located in the NAMI-NYC Metro office, the library is home to over 1,000 reference materials, self-help books, autobiographies, educational videos and four computers equipped with Internet access.

    Mondays – Fridays, 10:00 am — 5:30 pm

    Note: Library hours are subject to change. Please call the Helpline prior to visiting.

    The library is open to the public. However, only NAMI-NYC Metro members have borrowing privileges. To join, please click here.

    NAMI-NYC Resource List for Transition-Age Youth

    This resource list provides information on national and local organizations dealing with mental illness, research, supports, education, campus affiliates, as well as legislative action. Click to view the NAMI-NYC Transition Age Resource List.

    Family Support Liaison Center (FSLC)

    Are you a NYC parent dealing with the stress of raising a child with emotional or behavioral challenges? Or a youth or young adult ages 18 to 30 looking for support with mental health, school, or substance abuse?  Read more about how the FSLC can help you here.