What is NAMI Family & Friends
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.
The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting 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.