NAMI Family & Friends is a 90-minute or 4-hour seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity for participants to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

There is a free NAMI Family & Friends companion eBook available that provides important information about mental health conditions including: conditions and diagnoses, treatment and recovery, crisis planning, resources and more.

Seminar content

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

· Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery

· Effective communication strategies

· The importance of self-care

· Crisis preparation strategies

· NAMI and community resources

Goals of the seminar

· Provide current information about mental health conditions

· Introduce skills in effective communication and crisis preparation

· Promote self-care and stress management for the family member/caregiver

· Share local mental health resources

Who can participate

NAMI Family & Friends is open to the general public.