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The following NAMI programs are designed to support and educate families, caregivers, friends, and co-workers.


NAMI’s Family Support Group is facilitated by a trained peer and offered to family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness.

Participants gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.  NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get the support they need.

  • Designed for adult loved ones (minimum age 18) of individuals living with mental illness
  • Led by trained peer support specialist family members of individuals living with a mental illness
  • Meets weekly, bi-monthly or monthly; drop-ins are welcome
  • The group is offered at no charge
  • No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended
  • Confidential

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What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program?


NAMI’s Family-to-Family education program is a 12-week course offered to family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals with severe mental illness(es). The course is taught by trained peer support specialists who are family members of one or more individuals living with mental illness. Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program.

What You Should Expect

  • Meets for 12 sessions, 2.5 hours each, at no charge to the attendee
  • Designed for loved ones (over age 18) of individuals living with mental illness
  • Taught by trained family members of individuals living with mental illness
  • Provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion, and exercises
  • Designated an Evidence Based Practice in 2013 by SAMHSA
  • Participants are in a room full of people who understand; nor do they judge
  • Participants frequently say the course transforms their lives and wish they had known about it much sooner
  • Confidential

Why You Should Attend:


  • Up-to-date information about  a range of mental illnesses, including co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders
  • Impact of mental illness on the brain
  • Current research on treatments including medication, side effects and evidence-based therapies


  • Skills related to managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
  • Strategies for self-care including management of stress and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate local supports and services


Perhaps most importantly, as a participant you can gain comfort in knowing you are not alone. Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all families and individuals dealing with a mental illness. The in-person group experience of NAMI Family-to-Family provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.

What Others Have To Say About NAMI Family-to-Family

“Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my son’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.”

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What is NAMI Basics?

NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.  The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.

The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours.  Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate the hectic schedules of parents.

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The Resiliency Project

The Resiliency Project is a two-part approach to helping children live their best life by developing healthy coping and resiliency skills which has been designed with the specific purpose of decreasing incidence of mental health related diagnosis as adults by building coping skills early in a child’s life.

  • First the Role Model for Resilience is a workshop for parents and adults working children to discover how their own ability to be calm, patient and understanding affects the child’s ability and self-worth.  Adults learn how to use their strengths to raise or influence the growth of a healthier child.  Role Model for Resilience also provides tips on how to help children develop good thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • The second part of this project is Superkids.  superkids1 This is a six-session program that works with children for building skills in stress management, anxiety, anger management, responsibility, confidence and to understand the effects of teasing and bullying.


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