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Family to Family Classes


NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for families, partners and friends of individuals with serious mental illness taught by 3,500 trained NAMI family members and caregivers of individual living with mental illness.  The course dwells on the emotional responses families have to the trauma of mental illness; many family members describe their experience in the program as life-changing.

This course includes:

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver:  coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

Classes held twice a year, subject to availability of volunteer certified instructors. Classes normally run March-June & September-November. Meet once a week during evening hours, for more information please contact us. Space is limited, so register early.

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

Phone:  (425) 339-3620




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