Family-to-Family Classes

Information, Insight, Understanding, Empowerment




The next Family-to-Family class has been scheduled to start meeting on Tuesday, January 29th. The course provides insights into, and resolution of, the profound concerns experienced by families, close relatives, and friends as they strive to cope with the realities of serious mental illness. Caregivers not only learn a wide range of information about serious mental illnesses, they also learn to understand how living with these conditions affects their loved one.

Each course:

· Meets twice weekly for six weeks (from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays).
· Is offered free of charge.
· Is taught by trained NAMI family members who have relatives living with mental illness.
· Follows a structured format covering issues frequently faced by families dealing with mental illness.

The course teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.

· Attend with other family members just like you in a confidential setting.
· Gain insight into how mental illness affects your relative.
· Take an eye-opening look at some of today’s current brain research related to mental illness.
· Learn how families can become advocates for better treatments for their relatives.
· Learn about the medication issues involved in mental illness and the latest treatment options.
· Learn to cope with worry and stress; learn to focus on care for you as well as your loved one.

CLASS BEGINS: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (class size is limited)

Meet every Tuesday, and Thursday, ending on Thursday, March 7, 2019

For additional information or to sign up for this 12-session/6-week class, please call Roger Olson at (208) 309-0979 or contact the office, at

What You’ll Gain

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you’ll learn about:

  • How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications, and side effects
  • The impact of mental illness on the entire family

What People Are Saying

“Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed.”

“I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none.”