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Family-to-Family Educational Program

Family-to-Family is a free 12-week educational program for family members, loved ones, and caregivers of someone living with mental illness.

This free series class is taught by trained NAMI members who have experienced having a loved one with mental illness. In a confidential setting, family members and friends of people with mental illness will learn about:

  • How mental illness affects your loved one
  • Eye-opening current brain research related to mental illness
  • Being an advocate for better treatments for your loved one
  • Medication issues and the latest treatment options
  • Strategies for dealing with stress and worry to help you take care of yourself while supporting your loved one

Program curriculum includes:

  • Current information about specific mental illnesses
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

Registration is required

The next Orange County class is scheduled to begin around September, 2017.  Registration information will be available once the date is set.

Contact: Nancy Brickman at 919-818-8065 or for more information

NAMI Durham Family-to-Family Education Program  is offered twice a year (fall and spring) on 12 consecutive Thursday evenings. To register for the next Durham class or to get more information, call Violette at 919-490-5236. For confidential inquiries via e-mail, write to

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