NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides 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—experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. Sharing your own experience may help others in your class. In the program, you'll learn about:

  • How to solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Supporting your loved one with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • How to handle a crisis
  • Current treatments and therapies
  • The impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

Quote from a participant:

"The course gave me hope that it will be okay, that I am not alone and reduced a lot of shame, guilt and hopelessness."

Family To Family will begin Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Illinois Central College East Peoria Campus. This is an 8 week class for family members of individuals 18 and over who have mental health conditions. The course covers the illnesses, treatments, medications and other therapies, communications, family dynamics, self-care and more. Class ends Nov. 3. 

There is no fee for this course. 

Registration is required. Please call instructor Gay at 309-360-6972 or our NAMI information line at 309-693-0541 

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