F2F - Family to Family

NAMI in-person Family-to-Family classes are now being offered in various communities around the state. Please contact your local NAMI affiliate to learn if an in-person Family-to-Family class will be available in your area.  Virtual classes will continue to be offered and are open to everyone regardless of his/her location.       

F2F Class Schedule and Locations

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

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. 

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

2021 Family to Family Class Schedule

(Brighton, Thornton, Northglenn, Westminster) 
For information or to register for the next Family to Family course in Adams County, 
please call 303-229-9211 or 303-655-9452 or
(Littleton, Englewood, Parker, Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Centennial, etc.)
For more information or to register for the Family-to-Family course,
please complete the online NAMI Family-to-Family Registration form
or call 303-991-7688 
 For information or to register for the next Family-to-Family course,
please contact bethdoc99@gmail.com 
(Louisville, Longmont, etc)  
For information or to register for the next Family-to-Family course,
Please call 303-443-4591 or email

NAMI Colorado Springs will be offering two 8-week Family to Family classes.
One will be offered in-person and the other virtually.
The in-person Family-to-Family class will begin Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
The virtual Family-to-Family class will begin October 27, 2021, at 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

For more information or to register, please call 719.473.8477.
For more information on NAMI, visit namicoloradosprings.org

Registration is REQUIRED.


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

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


For information on the next Family to Family class offered at the Denver VA,
please call 303-321-3104 or email cheri@namicolorado.org

(Salida, Buena Vista)
 In partnership with NAMI Southeast
Family to Family
contact namisoutheastco@gmail.com to register
October 4-November 22 (Monday evenings) 6 pm-8:30 pm
– – – – 
NAMI Family and Friends
Saturday Oct, 18 from 2:00-3:30 pm
namisoutheastco@gmail.com  to register


(Breckenridge, Leadville, Frisco, Dillon, etc.)
For information or to register for the next NAMI High Country
Colorado Family to Family course, please contact
Sheila Brockmeier at 303-917-9131 or s.brockmeier@comcast.net
(Serving Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties)
NAMI Jeffco offers the Family-to-Family course in Wheat Ridge,
Littleton (Sw Plaza area) and Evergreen. 

     A Family-to-Family class will be offered virtually starting September 14, 2021
at 6:00-8:30 PM.  and will meet at the same time for 8 consecutive Tuesdays. To register
for this program, please contact Marne at marne@talentdenver.com or 720-207-8400.
(You do not have to live in Jefferson County to attend.)

For more information about all of the NAMI Jeffco Family to Family 
courses, please email namijeffco3@gmail.com.
For information or to Register for the next 
Family-to-Family course in Durango, please 
contact Wayne at 303-378-0547 
or email wbarnard64@gmail.com. 
(Fort Collins)
For information or to register for the next Family- to-Family course 
in Larimer County, please email Wayne at: wkever@comcast.net
(Glenwood Springs, Snowmass. etc)

For information or to register for the next Family to Family course in the 
Glenwood Springs area, please contact Lynne Jammaron at 970-618-2574 or lynnejammaron@gmail.com


(Canon City, Pueblo, La Junta, Lamar)
In partnership with NAMI Chaffee County
 In partnership with NAMI Southeast
Family to Family 
October 4-November 22 (Monday evenings) 6 pm-8:30 pm
contact namisoutheastco@gmail.com to register
NAMI Family and Friends
Saturday Oct, 18 from 2:00-3:30 pm
namisoutheastco@gmail.com  to register


(Grand Junction, Fruita, Montrose, Delta)
The NAMI Western Slope Family-to- Family course 
will be offered 
 in 2021 on the following dates: 
· Feb 15th- April 5th, 6pm (in-person)
· March 18th – May 6th, 6pm  (online -ZOOM)
· July 8th – August 26th, 6pm (in-person)
· Sept 13th – Nov 1st, 6pm (in-person)


“Graduates” Share Their Perspectives of the Family-to-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.