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What is NAMI Family-to-Family?

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-class education series for family members of adults living with mental illness. In this program, family is viewed from a broad perspective to include parents, siblings, spouses, adult sons and daughters, partners, frinds and significant others. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved ones with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

What are the goals of NAMI Family-to-Family?

  • To provide current information about the major mental illnesses and the most current research available on the biological aspects of these illnesses

  • To provide the most current information on the possibilities for living in recovery, including a variety of treatment strategies currently available

  • To promote empathy by creating an understanding of the subjective, lived experience of a person living with mental illness

  • To provide specific skills training in the areas of problem-solving, listening, communication techniques, and handling crises and relapse

  • To focus on care for the caregiver such as learning to cope with worry, stress, and emotional overload

  • To provide guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and offer tips for advocating for those supports and services


What people say about NAMI Family-to-Family?

“This program made a tremendous difference in my relationship with my daughter. I can’t believe how uninformed I was about mental illness. I have already referred three people for the next class.”  - A Family Member

 “The course has helped me to realize that my son is still inside the body that is often times hidden by the mental illness and that I am not alone in this.”  - A Family Member

To receive information about the next Family to Family Series, call or

email or watch for announcements on Facebook and Instagram,

At the NAMI Building

525 N. Main, Oshkosh.

For information or to register, call (920) 651-1148

or email


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