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NAMI Family-to-Family is NAMI’s flagship education program for family members of people diagnosed with mental health conditions. This free, 8-week program is facilitated by trained volunteers who are family members, caring for their loved ones themselves.

The course provides family caretakers with education about mental health conditions, skills workshops, and information about available resources. The NAMI Family-to-Family curriculum includes:

  • Information about mental health conditions and treatments
  • Coping skills, handling crisis and relapse, local and national resources
  • Listening and communication techniques
  • Problem solving, limit setting, self-care

Most importantly, the course offers family members the invaluable opportunity of open conversation and mutual support in a stigma-free environment. Course participants, now more than 400,000 people nationwide, find that the Family-to-Family experience empowers them to understand and pursue paths toward healthy recovery for their loved ones, their families, and themselves.

What people are saying about NAMI Family-to-Family…

“Excellent! Professional, empathetic, inclusive, caring, encouraging, supportive, inspirational…”  Family-to-Family participant

“Family-to-Family participants tell us about how, after taking Family to Family, they have been able to speak more openly with others about their own feelings, seek out and accept support from mental health resources, have more informed conversations with clinicians, and – most rewarding of all – pass along hope for treatment and recovery to their family members. Family-to-Family is a gift that keeps on giving.”  Family-to-Family teacher

Please note that our NAMI Family-to-Family classes are currently offered virtually. You are welcome to attend any class that works for your schedule, unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming NAMI Family-to-Family Courses

Our NAMI Family-to-Family courses typically start twice a year, in the late Winter/early Spring and then again in the late Summer/early Fall. Pre-registration is required.

Please note that our NAMI Family-to-Family classes are currently offered virtually. We encourage you to register for the class based in your area, but you are welcome to sign up for any class that works for your schedule. View our map to find the NAMI affiliate in your area!

NAMI Cape Cod Family-to-Family class
(all Massachusetts participants welcome)
Tuesdays, starting February 2nd
at 6 pm
contact for more information: Kim at 508-778-4277 or klemmon@namicapecod.org

NAMI Berkshire County Family-to-Family class
(all Massachusetts participants welcome)
Wednesdays, starting February 3rd
6 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information: Wes at 413-443-1666 or namibc@namibc.org

NAMI Greater North Shore Family-to-Family class
(all Massachusetts participants welcome)
Wednesdays, starting March 3rd
6 – 8:30 pm
contact for more information: Sheila or Robert at 978-774-2872 or shepowgir45@gmail.com

NAMI Newton-Wellesley Family-to-Family class
(all Massachusetts participants welcome)
Thursdays, starting March 4
6:30 – 9 pm
contact for registration:

NAMI Boston/Cambridge Family-to-Family class
(all Massachusetts participants welcome)
Tuesdays, starting March 9
6:30 – 9 pm
contact for registration:

NAMI Metrowest Family-to-Family class
(all Massachusetts participants welcome)
Thursdays, starting April 15
6:30 – 9 pm
contact for more information: Mary at 508-581-0874 or novmam55@yahoo.com

More classes are being scheduled! Check back soon!

Family-to-Family Teacher Training graduates
Volunteering with NAMI Family-to-Family

Volunteer 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.


Volunteer to support NAMI Family-to-Family

Volunteers help with program development, outreach, promotion, and more. Volunteer to support NAMI Family-to-Family – fill out our volunteer application!

Support for this program is provided in part by:
Contact us for more information about NAMI Family-to-Family:

Ilya Cherkasov, MS
Director of Family Programs
617-580-8541 x 219
icherkasov@namimass.org

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Looking for additional family support options?

Check out our Family Support resource page.

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