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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. 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.

Upcoming NAMI Family-to-Family Courses

Our NAMI Family-to-Family classes are offered throughout a year, with most starting in the late Winter/early Spring and 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 Cambridge-Middlesex/Boston Family-to-Family class
(all Massachusetts participants welcome)
Tuesdays, starting September 28th
6:30 – 9 pm by Zoom
contact for more information and registration:

NAMI Central Middlesex Family-to-Family class
(all Massachusetts participants welcome)
Tuesdays, starting October 12th
6:30 – 9 pm
contact for more information and registration:

NAMI Cape Ann Family-to-Family class
(all Massachusetts participants welcome)
Wednesdays, starting October 20th
6:30 – 9 pm
contact for more information and registration:

NAMI Newton-Wellesley Family-to-Family class
(all Massachusetts participants welcome)
Thursdays, starting October 21st
6:30 – 9 pm
contact for more information and registration:

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
(he/him/his)
Director of Family Programs
617-580-8541 x 219
icherkasov@namimass.org

 

Eliza T. Williamson, M.Ed, MFA, CPS
Deputy Director of Programs
617-580-8541 x 221
ewilliamson@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.