Family-to-Family: An education program for family members and friends of adults who live with mental illness

As a loved one of a person with mental illness, you face unique challenges: social stereotypes and stigma, complex family dynamics, unpredictable aspects of illness. It can be overwhelming.

Our program helps you. The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a 12-week course for families of individuals with severe brain disorders. The course discusses the clinical treatment of brain disorders and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. This course topics covers an overview of brain disorders, problem solving, medication review, communication, self-care, rehabilitation, the biology of the brain, and advocacy. The class answers questions such as "What do I do if there is a crisis"? "What are all of these medications for?" and "What are the best treatments now available for my relative?" The classes are confidential and are help twice a year.

You will learn from people like you who get it, who have been there. Trained peers guide you to know how to better understand and support your loved one while maintaining your own and your family's well being.

Email us if interested or to learn more!


Family Support Group

If you have a loved one with a mental illness, come join us every 3rd Monday of the month for a time of support, education, and learning. Here we focus on how to advocate and care for our loved ones as well as learning self-care. Every month we cover a different topic brought to us by NAMI and a variety of guest speakers.

We meet every 3rd Monday from 6:30-8pm at the Richland County Mental Health Board, 87 East, 1st street Mansfield.

Email us if interested or simply want to know more!


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NAMI Family & Friends

NAMI Family & Friends is a free 90-minute or four-hour seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

What You’ll Learn

The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics.

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery

  • Effective communication strategies

  • The importance of self-care

  • Crisis preparation strategies

  • NAMI and community resources

What People are Saying

“Hearing personal experiences and how relatable my experiences are to them was very helpful. Hearing specific strategies to communicate and specific traits that people with mental illness have. Know that the illness is what can cause “cruelty” and poor decisions rather than the person.”

“I have a better understanding of how mental illness impacts the person affected…it was nice to hear the stories of the instructors and their paths. The handbook (eBook) given has a lot of helpful information which I did not know about.”

Interested in this program?

We provide this program every several months. If you are interested in having this program at your facility or at a specific location please give us a call @ 419-522-6264.