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Free, evidence-based, 8-week educational course for family members and friends of people living with mental illness

  • Course covers basic information about mental illnesses, such as: mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder and other major mental illnesses.
  • Additional topics covered include: coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; suicide prevention, basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress.
  • Upcoming Courses
  • Zoom - Mondays 8/3/20 - 9/21/20 from 5:30-8pm
  • Zoom - Thursdays 8/20/20-10/8/20 from 6-830pm
  • What You Should Expect
  • Meets for 8 sessions, 2.5 hours each, free of cost.
  • Designed for loved ones (over age 18) of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Taught by trained family members of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving.
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and exercises.
  • Designated an Evidence Based Practice in 2013 by SAMHSA.

Watch this video of family members and course instructors to learn more:

"HOPE...this class has restored mine. I'm very grateful to have been offered this wonderful free class."


Why You Should Attend

A toolkit of information

  • Up-to-date information about a range of mental illnesses, including co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
  • Impact of mental illness on the brain.
  • Current research on treatments including medication, side effects and evidence-based therapies.

"Powerful-enlightening, the knowledge and resource binder are priceless!"

Training in preparedness and emotional resiliency

  • Skills related to managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively.
  • Strategies for self-care including management of stress and emotional overload.
  • Guidance on locating appropriate local supports and services.

Perhaps most importantly, as a participant you can gain comfort in knowing you are not alone. Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all families and individuals dealing with a mental illness. The in-person group experience of NAMI Family-to-Family provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.


**Please note that this course and corresponding training are only for people who live in Maine.


Feedback? If you have feedback you would like to provide regarding a NAMI-Maine Family to Family class you attended please CLICK HERE.

For more information about any Family-to-Family course or to learn about becoming a co-teacher of the course, contact Natalie at (800) 464-5767 ext. 2305, or email