For Family Members and Friends of Individuals Living with Mental Illness
Family-to-Family classes are held in September and March. Our most recent locations included: Berlin, Brattleboro, St. Johnsbury, and Williston.
Who Should Attend: The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children and significant others of persons with mental illness. Many family members describe the impact of this program as life changing.
Please share this information with anyone you think would benefit from taking this course.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a FREE 12-week course structured to help families and friends of individuals with mental illness understand and support their loved ones while maintaining their own well-being.
- Trained family members of individuals with mental illness teach the course.
- All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.
- Evidence-based curriculum draws on the most current scientific research.
- Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program.
This course includes:
- Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring mental health and addiction conditions.
- Up-to-date information about treatment, wellness and recovery, including: medications, side effects, strategies for medication adherence or reduction, mindfulness and whole health modalities, and other psychosocial options.
- Current research related to mental health conditions and the most effective, evidence-based treatments to promote recovery.
- Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.
- 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.
“I have been dealing with my son’s mental illness for eight years with no real knowledge of what was going on. This course was very thorough and answered so many questions for me. It helped me to realize that others have the same issues and therefore understand.” –Past Participant