Classes are held twice a year, in the winter and fall.

NAMI Barrington Area would like to extend the opportunity to attend a series of 12 weekly classes that are structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with mental disorders while maintaining their own well being.

These NAMI classes are for family members, partners, and friends of individuals with major depression, bipolar disorder (manic-depression), schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, the anxiety disorders of panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder; co-occurring brain disorders, PTSD, and co-occurring addictive disorders.

Topics will include current research in the biology of brain disorders, information about medications, and acquiring strategies for handling crisis and relapse. There will be special workshops for problem management, listening and communication techniques, as well as gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.

“This course is a wonderful experience!” said one student, “It balances basic education and skill-training with emotional support, self care and empowerment.” We hope families with relatives who have serious mental illness will take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Success of Family-to-Family Classes Now Evidence-Based – Those of us who have taken or taught NAMI’s Family-to-Family course know it works, but new research confirms it. CLICK HERE

The four-year study, which was reported at the 2010 NAMI National Conference in Washington DC, was the third undertaken on the effectiveness of Family-to-Family, and the most rigorous so far.

It’s important for two reasons: It does indeed confirm that the free, 12-week course decreases the burden on family members of people with mental illness (as measured by their own distress, depression, etc.), and that they have better coping and problem solving skills, better access to resources, and more functional families. Read more about the study.

CLICK HERE for more detail on what is covered during the twelve weeks.

There is no cost to participate, but registration is necessary as class size is limited. You don’t need to be a NAMI member, and it doesn’t matter if you live in a particular chapter’s area to attend a class. Just pick out a date and location that’s convenient. Note, too, that classes tend to fill up, so it’s a good idea to register now.

To register or request more information contact: Teri at 847-809-6038 or