*The next Family-to-Family Education Program will be held in late 2016 or early 2017, as a date has not yet been set. Classes are offered completely free of charge. Registration is required and seats are limited, so please register as soon as possible by submitting the completed form (found below) to Jennifer@NAMICollier.org. For more information, please email Jennifer at the address above, or call the office at 239-260-7300.

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

It is taught by trained family members who have experienced what it’s like to have a family member with mental illness. Nationwide, over 300,000 family members have graduated from this program. Many describe their experience as life-changing. Class size is limited to 20 to ensure a meaningful experience.

Program topics include current information about:
  • Schizophrenia
  • Major depression
  • Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Co-occurring brain disorders
  • Addictive disorders
Additional topics include:
  • Up-to-date information about medications and side effects
  • Current research related to the biology of the brain
  • Gaining empathy
  • Learning problem-solving
  • Listening and communication techniques
  • Learning strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Taking care of yourself as caregiver
  • Guidance on locating support and services within the community
  • Advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

To download the program description, please click here. To download the family-to-family registration form, please click here.