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Education for Family and Caregivers

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family and caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

  • The course is taught by trained family members
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program

What does the course include?

  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services.
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders

Next Class:2019

NAMI Basics
NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.  The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.

The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours.   Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate the hectic schedules of parents. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.
Next Class:2019

Understanding Mental Illness
5 week Support/Educational course for families/friends of individual(s) coping with mental illness, including information for families of veterans.
Next Class:2019

If you would like us to contact you when future classes are scheduled, call the NAMI office at 216-875-7776
or email Terri Miller at

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