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NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family members and other caregivers of people diagnosed with mental illness. It offers resources, insights, coping skills, and genuine support for families, and equips class participants with the knowledge they need to navigate the mental health system.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained facilitators who are also family members. It includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. In the program, you’ll learn about:

  • How to manage crises, solve problems, and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications, and side effects
  • The impact of mental illness on the entire family
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!

New Bedford Family-to-Family Course

Thursdays starting August 29, 2019
6:00 – 8:30 pm

Contact Brenda at 508-493-9048 or for more information

Belmont Family-to-Family Course

Saturdays, starting September7, 2019
9:30 am to noon

Contact Ellen at or 617-599-4302 or Susie at for more information

Burlington Family-to-Family Course

Thursdays, starting September 12, 2019
6:30 – 9:00 pm

Contact Darlene at 978-766-8694‬ or Steve at 978-621-3253 for more information

Cambridge Family-to-Family Course

Thursdays, starting September 12, 2019
6:30 – 9:00 pm

Contact Joyce at or Sharon at or 914-960-9072 for more information

Falmouth Family-to-Family Course

Wednesdays, starting September 18, 2019
6:00 – 8:30 pm

Contact Kim Lemmon at or 508-778-4277 for more information

Greenfield Family-to-Family Course

Thursdays, starting September 5, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Contact Sue at or 413-422-2144 for more information

Ipswich Family-to-Family Course

Mondays, starting September 16, 2019
6:30 – 9:00 pm

Contact Glenn at for more information

Littleton Family-to-Family Course

Tuesdays, starting September 24, 2019
7:00 – 9:30 pm

Contact Phyllis Terrey at 978-973-3995 or Sara Dodd at 339-223-3146 for more information

Lowell Family-to-Family Course

day to be determined
7 – 9:30 pm

Contact Dick at 978-808-7991 or or Mary at 978-621-9029 or for more information

Quincy Family-to-Family Course

Tuesdays, Starting September 10, 2019
6:30 – 9:00 pm

Contact NAMI South Shore at

Salem Family-to-Family Course

Saturdays, starting September 14, 2019
9:00 – 11:30 am

Contact Pat Danielson at 978-922-0207 or Pat Riley at 617-548-7037 for more information

Winchester Family-to-Family Course

Tuesdays starting September 10, 2019
7:00 – 9:30 pm

Contact Maureen at 781-864-2336 or; or Elizabeth at for more information

no classes scheduled at this time

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