NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness.

Contact us to learn more and reserve a spot in an upcoming class:
Classes beginning soon in Arlington Heights and Lake Zurich.

Call Teri to register at 847-809-6038 or email us at

Family-to-Family is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and it includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

We currently offer classes twice a year, in the winter and fall at two locations.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you'll learn about:

• How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
• Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
• Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
• Finding and using local supports and services
• Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
• Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
• The impact of mental illness on the entire family

What People Are Saying

"Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed."

“I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none."

Sign Up For A Class

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