NAMI Family-to-Family (available in Spanish as De Familia a Familia) is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.
NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.
What You’ll Gain
NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.
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. Sharing your own experience may help others in your class. In the program, you’ll learn about:
- How to solve problems and communicate effectively
- Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
- Supporting your loved one with compassion
- Finding and using local supports and services
- Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
- How to handle a crisis
- Current treatments and therapies
- The impact of mental health conditions on the entire family
What People Are Saying
Tamie, Steve, and Sadie were caring, patient, kind, supportive and created a safe place to be honest of the challenges and sadness that comes with supporting your loved one. They gave me a sense of belonging.
The course gave me hope that it will be okay, that I am not alone and reduced a lot of shame, guilt and hopelessness.
This was enormously helpful to me and I have already recommended the program to others. Thank you to NAMI Seattle and the volunteers who facilitated!!
I appreciate the time, effort, and caring it took to lead the class. The leaders really added value to the materials.
I wish I’d known about this seven years ago when the problem began. I felt safe in this class. I was able to talk about things I haven’t been comfortable expressing elsewhere.
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, [Family-to-Family] is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none.
Before I took the [Family-to-Family] 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.
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