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
Supplemental Resources for Family-to-Family Courses (login required).
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!
Falmouth Family-to-Family Course
Wednesdays, starting September 18, 2019
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Contact Kim Lemmon at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for more information
Quincy Family-to-Family Course
Tuesdays, Starting September 10, 2019
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Contact NAMI South Shore at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
no classes scheduled at this time
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.
NAMI Mass Director of Family Programs
617-580-8541 x 219