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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

NAMI Family-to-Family Class in Chapel Hill
Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 pm
September 7 – November 16, 2017

Classes are closed to new students after September 21, 2017

Seymour Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Preregistration is required before September 21

Contact Nancy Brickman at919-818-8065 or


NAMI Family-to-Family Class in Durham
Tuesday evenings from 7-9:30 pm
August 29 – November 14, 2017

Westminster Presbyterian Church

3639 Old Chapel Hill Road

Durham 27707

Preregistration is required before September 12

Contact Violette Blumenthal at919-358-6788 or

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