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) 

Family to Family classes will be starting in 2019

6:30 - 9:00 pm

To register, please call or email 303-229-9211 or 303-655-9452 or

 s.bain60@gmail.com  


   

NAMI ARAPAHOE/DOUGLAS COUNTIES

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

Family to Family classes will start in winter 2019
6:30 - 9:00 pm
To register, please call  303-991-7688 or
www.namiadco.org 


 

NAMI AURORA 

Family to Family classes will start February 6, 2019

6:30 - 9:00 pm  

To register, Please email namiaurora@namiaurora.org or call 720-277-9738


 

NAMI BOULDER/ BROOMFIELD

(Louisville, Longmont, etc) 

Family to Family classes will start in Louisville on February 10, 2019

5:30 - 8:00 pm

To register, please contact Helen Todd at 303-601-4330 or 

htodd@namibouldercounty.org


 

NAMI COLORADO SPRINGS

Thursdays, January 24-April 18, 2019, 6-8:30pm

Downtown Colorado Springs (exact location information provided upon registration)

Wednesdays, January 30-April 24, 2019, 6-8:30pm
Northern Colorado Springs (exact location information provided upon registration)

Wednesdays, February 6-May 1, 2019, 6:30-9pm
Monument (exact location information provided upon registration)

Mondays, February 18–May 13, 2019, 6-8:30pm
Southeastern Colorado Springs (exact location information provided upon registration)

Tuesdays, February 26-May 14, 2019, 6-8:30pm
Woodland Park (exact location information provided upon registration)

Registration is REQUIRED. Call 719-473-8477 or

email info@namicos.org for location information.


 

NAMI DENVER 

Family to Family classes will begin on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

6:30-9:00 PM

To register call 303-504-6545 or     
Email:  namidenver@gmail.com



NAMI DENVER VA

April 2019

 Contact Cheri Bishop 303-321-3104 or 

cheri@namicolorado.org


 

NAMI CHAFFEE COUNTY

(Salida, Buena Vista)

Family to Family classes will be held in Salida on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting April 2, 2019

   (there will be no class on Thursday April 16)

6:30-9:00 PM
Contact Janet at (405) 269-6232 or at janetkbarnum@gmail.com


 

NAMI HIGH COUNTRY COLORADO

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

   Family to Family classes will be starting in Frisco on February 7, 2019

Contact Sheila Brockmeier: 303-917-9131 or at

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, January 24, 2019

6:30-9:00 PM


Littleton (Sw Plaza area) Family to Family classes will start Tuesday, January 29, 2019

6:30-9:00 PM

Contact: Terry Cook at namijeffco3@gmail.com

 Contact: Cheri Bishop at 303-518-1289 or cbishopnami@aol.com 


Evergreen Family to Family classes will start Tuesday, May 7, 2019

6:30-9:00 PM

Contact:  Cheri Bishop at 303-518-1289 or cheri@namicolorado.org


 

SOUTHWEST COLORADO - LA PLATA COUNTY (DURANGO)

Family to Family classes will start in Durango on Thursday, March 7, 2019 

6:00-8:30 PM



NAMI LARIMER COUNTY

(Fort Collins)

Family to Family classes will be starting February 4, 2019, 6-8:30 PM

To register, contact Laurie Seiler at  970-494-4359 or 

laurie.seiler@summitstonehealth.org


 

NAMI ROARING FORK

(Glenwood Springs, Snowmass. etc)

Family to Family classes will be starting in Glenwood Springs on February 15, 2019

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)

Family to Family classes will be starting in 2019

Call 719-315-4975 to register for the next class


 

NAMI WESTERN SLOPE

( Fruita,)

Fruita Family to Family classes will be starting February 18, 2019

Margie Stolle w: (970) 858-9740, c: (970 361-6681

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.”