When someone you love develops a mental health condition, it’s important to know you’re not alone. Whether you’re a parent, caregiver or a friend, our no-cost education classes can help.
By participating in NAMI Basics, you’ll realize that you are not alone. You’ll find support and shared understanding—compassion, reinforcement and empathy from people who truly get your situation. And don’t forget: Your experiences may also help others in the course. Together, you will all learn that recovery is a journey, and there is hope.
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation.
NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 8-session course provided for individuals diagnosed with a serious mental illness. It is offered exclusively by teachers who have experienced good recovery from their illness. Enrollees learn about the nature and biology of brain disorders, how successful treatment works, the challenges consumers face, succeeding with medical treatment, the importance of record-keeping, and what systems affect consumers and require advocacy. NAMI brings hope and encouragement through this course.
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans with mental health conditions. NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:
- Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
- Support your family member with compassion
- Identify and access federal, state and local services
- Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression and substance use
- Understand current treatments and evidence-based therapies
- Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family
- Manage a crisis, solve problems and communicate effectively
NAMI Provider introduces mental health professionals to the unique perspectives of people with mental health conditions and their families. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the realities of having a mental health condition and develop enhanced empathy for their daily challenges. This 15-hour program of in-service training is taught by a team consisting of an adult with a mental health condition, a family member and a mental health professional who is also a family member or has a mental health condition themselves.