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Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), all in-person NAMI Family-to-Family classes have been temporarily suspended.  

NAMI Cape Ann will host an 8-week Family-to-Family class online, on Saturdays, 8:30 – 11:00 am, no exact date has been set yet. Family members from any area of the state are encouraged to sign up. Please contact Linda at 978-546-6102 or NAMI Cape Ann in Gloucester at 978-281-1557 or for more information and to register.

Start dates for other planned Family-to-Family classes are currently under revision. This includes the courses planned in Harwich, Hingham, and Jamaica Plain.

Find additional family support options that you can access during this time.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free program for family members and other caregivers of people diagnosed with mental health conditions. The program is designed to help participants understand and support their loved one, while maintaining their own well-being.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained leaders who themselves are family members. They equip participants with the knowledge they need to navigate the mental health system, including:

  • the impact of mental illness on the entire family
  • information and insight about specific diagnoses
  • how to find community resources and treatment options
  • listening skills, communication skills, and empathy
  • how to manage a crisis and problem solve
  • taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • genuine support and validation
Upcoming NAMI Family-to-Family Courses

Our Family-to-Family courses typically start twice a year, in the late Winter to early Spring and then again in the late Summer to early Fall. Please check back as more courses will be scheduled!

to be announced

Family-to-Family Teacher Training graduates
Volunteering as a NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher

The NAMI Family-to-Family course is taught by two NAMI-trained teachers who have first-hand experience as a parent or family caregiver of a person who has been diagnosed with a mental health condition.

Are you interested in becoming a Family-to-Family teacher? Contact Ilya Cherkasov, Director of Family Programs.

Contact us for more information about NAMI Family-to-Family:

Ilya Cherkasov
NAMI Mass Director of Family Programs
617-580-8541 x 219

Looking for additional family support options?

Check out our Family Support resource page.

You can also contact our COMPASS helpline. Learn more about COMPASS.