NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

In the program, you'll learn about:

  • How to solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Supporting your loved one with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • How to handle a crisis
  • Current treatments and therapies
  • The impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

 

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

  

2020 Family to 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 register for a class, please complete the online NAMI Family-to-Family Registration form

For additional information, call 303-991-7688 or email www.namiadco.org


 

NAMI AURORA 

Contact us for more information and/or to register for the next Family-to-Family class at

beth99@gmail.com

                                                                          Website: www.namiaurora.org



 NAMI BOULDER/ BROOMFIELD

(Louisville, Longmont, etc)  

For information on when the next class will be offered,

Please call 303-443-4591 or email

education@namibouldercounty.org


 

NAMI COLORADO SPRINGS

Registration is REQUIRED. Call 719.473.8477 or email info@namicos.org to register and find out 

specific information, or fill out a program interest form here.



 NAMI DENVER 

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

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)

 For information on 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 

(Serving Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties)

To register for a NAMI Jeffco Family to Family class, please email namijeffco3@gmail.com. 

If you prefer to register online, please use the following link:   

https://namijeffco.org/education/family-to-family


 

SOUTHWEST COLORADO - LA PLATA COUNTY (DURANGO)

Family to Family classes will start in Durango TBA

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

 

 

NAMI LARIMER COUNTY

(Fort Collins)

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

please contact Wayne Kever at wkever@comcast.net or 970-282-8796


 

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, email: anikaneal@yahoo.com

Or 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 



STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

A Virtual Family to Family class will be starting in Steamboat Springs on September 9, 2020.

Please contact Kathy at coatesk696@gmail.com for more information and/or to register.. . 


 

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 information on classes offered in other areas around Grand Junction, 

please email: namiwesternslope@gmail.com

"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.”