Find support for family members of people who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition

Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), many in-person peer and family support options have been temporarily suspended.

Read our post about online and call-in support options that you can access during this time.

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Family Support and Education

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NAMI Family Support Groups

NAMI Family Support groups are free support groups for family members, friends, and other caregivers of people diagnosed with a mental health condition. Groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators and provide a safe, private, and non-judgmental setting.

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NAMI Family-to-Family

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 8-week class for family members of people diagnosed with mental health conditions. It covers communication techniques, coping skills, treatment options, and more.

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NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a free 6-week class for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with emotional and behavioral issues. Participants will learn communication tips, how to problem-solve, and the skills to help you cope with the emotional impact of caring for your child.

NAMI Basics OnDemand

NAMI Basics is also available online, on demand. NAMI Basics OnDemand is a free, 6-module course. It covers the same material as the in-person NAMI Basics classes. The Connect & Share option in NAMI Basics OnDemand offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to share stories, support, and interact with each other in an online setting.

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NAMI Homefront Online

NAMI Homefront Online is a free, 6-session program for family members and other caregivers of military service members and veterans diagnosed with mental health conditions. It is designed to address the unique needs of caregivers of those who have served or are currently serving our country.

Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)

Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) is a statewide, grassroots family organization that advocates for improved access to mental health services for children and their families. PPAL offers information, support, and resources by phone, and hosts a network of support groups around the state for parents of children and teens.

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DBSA Family & Friends Support Groups

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides information, education, and support to people with diagnosed with mood disorders and others impacted by them. They offer support groups around the state, some that welcome family and friends. DBSA also offers online support forums for family and friends.

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Hearing Voices Network Family & Friends Support Group

This group provides a space where people can discuss navigating the experience of supporting loved ones who may hear voices, have visions, and generally have a variety non-consensus experiences and beliefs. The group’s primary focus is on supporting family members and friends to examine their own challenges in being present for such situations and relationships. The group operates in keeping with the values of the HVN-USA Charter.

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MIA Online Parent Support Groups

These online parent support groups from Mad in America offer a space where parents can exchange information and share experiences to foster a dialogue that goes beyond the predominant mainstream medical treatment model. The moderated support groups last 90 minutes, and are designed to help parents feel less alone as they struggle to best help their children.

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Recovering Our Families Online Class

Recovering Our Families Online Class is an 8-week program for family members of people who are or have navigated the mental health system. The class provides a strengths-based recovery oriented approach to move families past fear and confusion into new states of wholeness, well-being, and connectedness. Led by family members and people in recovery. There is a cost associated with this program.

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Family Connections

Family Connections is a free 12-week course that provides education, skills training, and support for family members and other supporters of people who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Focusing on issues that are specific to BPD, it is hosted in a community setting and led by trained group leaders who are usually family members of relatives with BPD.

Family TeleConnections

Family TeleConnections allows family members from across the country to be organized as a virtual group and “meet” for the course weekly via teleconference. Email and online discussion groups offer opportunities to network between classes.

Looking for other Family Support options?

Contact the NAMI Mass COMPASS Helpline. COMPASS is available Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. Call us at 617-704-6264 or email us at

Learn more about the NAMI Mass COMPASS Helpline.