NAMI Family-to-Family is a 12-week course for families and friends of individuals with mental illness. This comprehensive course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills, and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. In 2013 NAMI Family-to-Family was added to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

What the Course Provides:

  • Basic information about all major mental illnesses and their treatments including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • Basic information about medications used to treat mental illnesses.
  • Guidance on how to manage crisis and relapse.
  • Workshops on problem solving and communication skills.
  • Trained instructors with lived experience of supporting a family member who lives with mental illness.
  • An understanding of the subjective experience of coping with a brain disorder.
  • Information on self-care and how to handle negative feelings of anger, entrapment, guilt, and grief.
  • A chance to connect with other families facing similar struggles.

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