NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental health challenges. It is a designated evidence-based program taught by NAMI-trained family members with lived experience. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

Next Class

NEW! STARTING IN MAY
Family to Family
Saturday Mornings In-Person
9:00 am - 11:45 am
10 Weeks (May 7 - July 9)
At the First Congregational Church
of Old Greenwich
108 Sound Beach Avenue,
Old Greenwich, CT

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The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being.  The course includes information on conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing.

Here are some of the questions the course provides answers to:

  • What are the major mental illnesses and how can I get a clear diagnosis for my relative? The course provides current information, including diagnostic criteria, for schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring addictive disorders.

  • What are the best treatments now available for my relative? The course presents current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery.

  • What are all these medications for? The course provides up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence.

  • How can my relative and I communicate better? The course teaches empathy through understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness, and includes special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques.

  • What do I do if there is a crisis? The course teaches strategies for handling crises and relapse.

  • What local services in my community am I missing out on? The course provides guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services.

  • How do I take care of myself in all of this? The course includes a focus on care for the caregiver:  coping with worry, stress and emotional overload. 

If you are a caregiver for someone with a mental health challenge, we highly recommend this course.