NAMI Family-to-Family is a no cost, 12-week education program for adult family members of persons living with mental illness. In this program family is viewed from a broad perspective to include parents, siblings, spouses, adult sons and daughters, partners and significant others.

What You Should Expect from Attending NAMI Family to Family

  • Information about and the most current research available, on the biological aspects of mental illness
    The most current information on the possibilities for living in recovery, including a variety of available treatment strategies
  • An understanding of the subjective lived experience of a person living with mental illness
    Specific skills training in the areas of problem-solving, listening, communication techniques and handling crises and re-lapse
  • Care for the caregiver such as learning to cope with worry, stress and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating and how to advocate for, appropriate supports and services within the community

Why You Should Attend

The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and many other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe this evidence based program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained instructors who are also family members and know what it is I like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

For additional information on this program, or any of NAMI Rochester’s other offerings, please email us at or call (585) 423-1593.

Course Registration
Monroe County
  • January 10th – March 28th
    Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 9pm

“This program made a tremendous difference in my relationship with my daughter. I can’t believe how uninformed we’ve been about mental illness. I have already referred three people for the next class.”
“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.”
– Anonymous