The Family-to-Family education course was created by an experienced family member who is also a mental health professional. It consists of a series of twelve weekly classes and is designed specifically for family members of adults living with mental illness. This course is now being offered in 49 states, Canada, Italy and Mexico, and has been translated into 5 foreign languages. Over 300,000 people have completed this course. The “Family-To-Family” course is offered as a community service to family members and caregivers of adult persons living with mental illness, therefore, there is no cost involved to take the course. Trained, volunteer family members in teams of two, facilitate the classes. The Family-to-Family course balances education and skill training with self-care, emotional support, and empowerment. 

F2F Class Schedule and Locations

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  • Important components of the course
  • F2F Class Schedule & locations

Important components of this course are:

  • Information on mental disorders including: Schizophrenia, Schizo-affective Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder (Manic-depressive Disorder), Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Co-Occurring Brain Disorders (mental illness and combined substance abuse)
  • Biology of the brain, including new research findings
  • Coping skills; handling crisis and relapse
  • Listening and communication techniques
  • Problem solving and limit setting; rehabilitation
  • Empathy: understanding the actual experience of people suffering from mental illness
  • Self-care; learning how to recognize normal emotional reactions among families; how to deal with chronic worry and stress
  • Basic information about medications and their side effects
  • Information about connecting with appropriate community services and community supports
  • Advocacy: Getting better services, fighting discrimination

  

2019 Family 2 Family Class Schedule

NAMI ADAMS COUNTY

(Brighton, Thornton, Northglenn, Westminster) 

To learn when the next Family to Family class will be offered in Adams County, 

please call 303-229-9211 or 303-655-9452 or

email s.bain60@gmail.com  


   

NAMI ARAPAHOE/DOUGLAS COUNTIES

(Littleton, Englewood, Parker, Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Centennial, etc.)

To learnwhen the next Family to Family class will be offered in Arapahoe/Douglas Counties,

please call 303-991-7688 or email www.namiadco.org


 

NAMI AURORA 

To learn when the next Family to Family class will be offered in Aurora,

please call 303-337-2608 or email namiaurora@namiaurora.org.


 

NAMI BOULDER/ BROOMFIELD

(Louisville, Longmont, etc) 

Louisville Family to Family classes will start Sunday, September 8, 2019

6:30-9:00 PM

To register or for additional information, please call 303-443-4591 or email

education@namibouldercounty.org


 

NAMI COLORADO SPRINGS

Colorado Springs Family to Family classes will start Thursday, September 5, 2019

please call 719-473-8477 or email info@namicos.org


 

NAMI DENVER 

Denver Family to Family classes will start on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

please call 303-504-6545 or email namidenver@gmail.com



NAMI DENVER VA

For information on the next Family to Family class offered at the Denver VA,

please call 303-321-3104 or email cheri@namicolorado.org


 

NAMI CHAFFEE COUNTY

(Salida, Buena Vista)

To learn when the next Family to Family class will be offered in Chaffee County,

please contact Janet at 405-269-6232 or janetkvarnum@gmail.com.

 

NAMI HIGH COUNTRY COLORADO

(Breckenridge, Leadville, Frisco, Dillon, etc.) 

To learn when the next Family to Family class will be offered in the Breckenridge area, 

please contact Sheila Brockmeier at 303-917-9131 or s.brockmeier@comcast.net. 


  

NAMI JEFFERSON COUNTY

(Wheat Ridge, Littleton, Arvada, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood and Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties)


Wheat Ridge Family to Family classes will start Thursday, August 29, 2019

6:30-9:00 PM

Littleton (Sw Plaza area) Family to Family classes will start Tuesday, August 27, 2019

6:30-9:00 PM


To register, please contact: namijeffco3@gmail.com or Pam at 303-279-7661.


 

SOUTHWEST COLORADO - LA PLATA COUNTY (DURANGO)

Family to Family classes will start in Durango on Thursday, September 5, 2019 

6:00-8:30 PM

To Register, please contact Wayne at 303-378-0547  or wbarnard64@gmail.com



NAMI LARIMER COUNTY

(Fort Collins)

Family to Family classes will start Monday, September 9, 2019 in Larimer County, 

please contact Laurie Seiler at  970-494-4359 or 

laurie.seiler@summitstonehealth.org 


 

NAMI ROARING FORK

(Glenwood Springs, Snowmass. etc)

To learn when the next Family to Family class will be offered in the Glenwood Springs area, 

please contact


Anika Neal, 970-618-7710 or anikaneal@yahoo.com

Lynne Jammaron, 970-618-2574 or lynnejammaron@gmail.com 


 

NAMI SOUTHEAST COLORADO

(Canon City, Pueblo, La Junta, Lamar)

To learn when the next Family to Family class will be offered in  the SE Colorado area,

please call 719-315-4975 

 

NAMI WESTERN SLOPE

( Fruita,)

To learn when the next Family to Family class will be offered in the Grand Junction area,

please  contact Margie Stolle at w:(970) 858-9740, c:(970 361-6681 or

max1367@hotmail.com


For all other NAMI Western Slope areas, please contact 

Contact Nancy Wall at 970-462-3989 or 

nswall2002@acsol.net

"Graduates" Share Their Perspectives of the Family 2 Family Course

“It was comforting to share with other families and individuals regarding their experiences with mental illness. I would highly recommend it to anyone dealing with mental illness.”

• “How did I not know about this course before? Would that all people could take it! I think I have come a long way toward acceptance of my daughter’s illness, realizing there’s no “one answer” to the problems she presents and feeling generally more comfortable compassionate and confident in dealing with her. I “beat up” on myself much less when I find myself ineffective.”

• “I have benefited greatly from this class. I am now able to be with my son and not be angry! I now look beyond his illness to the person beneath. I am also learning to let go.”

• “Knowledge is power. This class has given me the ability to be a part of my daughter's treatment, and not part of her problem. I no longer have the fear that I carried before taking this class.” 

• “This course has been the best thing to happen in years. It gave me an insight into my son’s illness, an understanding of his behavior, and a support group for me to turn to in time of need. I don’t feel so isolated…”

• “This course had given me a wealth of information on mental illness. It has helped me to understand my son’s illness - what I can expect from him and what I can expect to do effectively for him.”