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NAMI Family-to-Family is an educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness.

What You Should Expect

  • Meets for 12 session, 2.5 hours each, free of cost.
  • 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.

A tribute video containing moving testimonials about the NAMI Family-to-Family program from family members and course instructors.

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Why You Should Attend

A toolkit of information

  • 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.

Training in preparedness and emotional resiliency

  • 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.

A community

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 daughter’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.”

De Familia a Familia de NAMI

De Familia a Familia de NAMI is available in a limited number of states. Please contact NAMI Texas to learn if De Familia a Familia de NAMI is available near you.


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Contact your local NAMI Affiliate to find out about upcoming programs.


What people
have to say about
NAMI Family-to-Family

“Family members who take the NAMI Family-to-Family course are better equipped to work with mental health clinicians in a collaborative manner.  My bottom-line recommendation? Take this course. It will help you learn to cope successfully with a major challenge in your life, and that, in turn, will help your loved one as he or she works toward recovery.” 

— Peter Weiden, M.D., author of Breakthroughs in Antipsychotic Medications


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Understanding and Coping with PTSD: Information for families and friends of individuals with PTSD

General Information
NIMH Grant to Study NAMI’s Family to Family Program
New Study of the Family-to-Family Education Program
Tell Me More
Personal Stories
A New Family-to-Family Teacher’s Perspective
Consumers as Teachers
Testimonial From A Family Member Psychiatrist Who Took The NAMI Family-to-Family Peer Education Course
News From the Field
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Added to National Registry of Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs
NAMI Brings Family-to-Family Program to Veterans’ Families
A New Family-to-Family Teacher’s Perspective
NAMI Extends Education Program To Families of Veterans living with Mental Illness
Book Reviews
The Role of the Family in Psychiatric Rehabilitation – Book Reviews – Coping


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