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When a family member, friend, or significant other is experiencing mental distress or lives with a persistent mental health condition, connecting to information and support is invaluable.


Family-to-Family provides a wealth of information and resources led by trained teachers who have loved ones who live with mental health conditions. Think of this course as a road map with the added support and insight from other families. Class is open to anyone supporting a loved one with a mental health condition (a diagnosis is not required to attend).

 Family-to-Family offers participants:

  • Current information on anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, co-occurring substance misuse, and related conditions

  • A variety of therapeutic and treatment options; medications and how they work; complementary health approaches; and rehabilitation and recovery supports

  • Workshops on problem solving, communication strategies, handling crises, and self-care with a focus
    on stress reduction

  • How to locate and navigate supports and services

  • A supportive facilitator team who will listen, guide discussion, and offer insight and resources 

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Interested in Family-to-Family?

We offer this class in person normally in the spring. If you are interested in being contacted when our next class is scheduled, please fill out our interest form.

“From day one, I've been better at communicating with my loved one who is living with mental illnesses. It has reduced a lot of stress and stigma by attending this class.”

-Juneau Participant

“NAMI Family-to-Family is packed full of information, educating us along the way to so many aspects within the mental health system to help us better understand our loved ones and support them in a healthy way. It has been a valuable resource for me during my time of crisis and, when not in crisis, providing a safe environment for me to share and feel supported and learn from others. It has been a lifesaver – a place to cry and laugh and make new friends.”
-Juneau Participant

NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is now available OnDemand. Register/download videos by clicking here

NAMI Basics is a free, six-week program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents (up to age 22) with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps caregivers understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. Taught by trained facilitators -parents who have “been there”.

NAMI Basics helps families:

  • Develop the confidence and stamina to support their child with compassion

  • Prepare for interactions with the school and mental health care systems

  • Increase skills for crises management, problem-solving, and effective communication

  • Practice strategies for self-care and emotional resiliency

  • Understand the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

NAMI Basics Facilitators


NAMI Basics Teacher Training, November 14-16, 2014 with NAMI National Trainer, Teri Brister. Participants from left to right: Jaime Zelhuber, Teri Brister, Bonnie Chaney, Totem, Sandi Pahlke, Karen Lipson, Joan Gianotti.

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