NAMI Somerset Family-to-Family

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

NAMI Somerset Family-to-Family

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

  • The course is taught by trained family members
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program
  • This program significantly improves a family’s ability to cope with an ill relative’s mental disorder, according to an NIMH-funded study published June 2011 in Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association.

What the Course Offers

Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); up-to-date information about medication compliance; discussion of the biological bases of serious mental illnesses, treatment options, and recovery.

Coping Skills gaining empathy by understanding what a person with a serious mental illness experiences; problem-solving, listening, and communication techniques; handling periods of crisis and relapse; care for the caregiver; coping with worry, stress and overload.

Advocacy Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and obtaining better mental health services; and advocacy for appropriate federal and state policies.

If you are interested in receiving additional information to enroll in a Family-To-Family Education Program or if you would like information on training to become a Family Educator or Family Facilitator please contact our office at (732) 940-0991 or e-mail [email protected]

The Twelve Education Modules of the Family-to-Family Course

  • Learning about feelings, learning about facts
  • Introduction to schizophrenia: Diagnosis, critical periods
  • Introduction to depression and bipolar illness
  • Basics about the brain
  • Problem-solving skills workshop
  • Medications review
  • What it’s like to be mentally ill: Empathy Workshop
  • Communications skills workshop
  • Relative groups and self-care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Advocacy: Fighting stigma
  • Certification and celebration

Meeting Times:

Feb. 24 – May 19, 2018
(no class on 3/31)
9:30 am -12:00 noon

Meeting Locations:

Emmanuel Church,
100 Grant Ave,
Somerville, NJ 08876

Meeting contacts:

[email protected]
(908) 403-9193

[email protected]
(908) 285-2238

Age Groups
  • Adults
Community Services
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Payment Options
  • Free
Areas Served
  • Somerset County

Last Updated: 03/23/18