Family to Family
One Step at a Time
One of NAMI’s cornerstone programs is Family-to-Family. The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12-week course for family members and caregivers of individuals with mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained family members with the instruction and course materials offered FREE to class participants.
The highly-structured Family-to-Family curriculum educates caregivers and family members about various mental illnesses, treatments and medications, and rehabilitation. Participants learn self-care, problem-solving skills, and communications skills, which can later be taught to the entire family unit. Many graduates of the program called it “life-changing” as they develop friendships with others in similar situations.
The Family-to-Family program also allows participants to safely express their questions and concerns for their family member’s mental health by offering a comforting as well as empathetic environment. The agency’s goals and objectives for the program are to strengthen the family through communication, empathy, and understanding.
The Family-to-Family program is evidenced-based, which is the highest rating that an educational course can achieve in terms of sustainability of improving the quality of life for the individual and family members.
For a more detailed discussion of what is covered in a Family-to-Family course, please watch the following video.