F2F - Family to Family

Due to corona virus risk, most NAMI in-person groups and classes will be canceled. Please call the contact number for your affiliate to determine what alternatives may be offered in your area.

F2F Class Schedule and Locations

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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

NAMI ADAMS COUNTY
(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
email
 s.bain60@gmail.com 
NAMI ARAPAHOE/DOUGLAS COUNTIES
(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 
NAMI AURORA 
 For information or to register for the next Family-to-Family course,
please contact bethdoc99@gmail.com 
NAMI BOULDER/BROOMFIELD
(Louisville, Longmont, etc)  
For information or to register for the next Family-to-Family course,
Please call 303-443-4591 or email
education@namibouldercounty.org
NAMI COLORADO SPRINGS
NAMI Colorado Springs will be offering an 8-week virtual Family-to-Family class
starting Monday, July 12, from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.
For more information or to register, please call 719.473.8477 or
email familysupport@namicos.org.
Registration is REQUIRED.
 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 or to register for the next Family to Family course offered
 in Chaffee County,  contact Janet at 405-269-6232 or janetkvarnum@gmail.com.
 
NAMI HIGH COUNTRY COLORADO
(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
 
NAMI JEFFERSON COUNTY 
(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 on Tuesday, June 22, 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.
 
SOUTHWEST COLORADO – LA PLATA COUNTY (DURANGO)
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. 
 
NAMI LARIMER COUNTY
(Fort Collins)
For information or to register for the next Family- to-Family course 
in Larimer County, please email Wayne at: wkever@comcast.net
 
NAMI ROARING FORK
(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

 

NAMI SOUTHEAST COLORADO
(Canon City, Pueblo, La Junta, Lamar)
For information or to register for the next Family to Family course in  
the SE Colorado area, please call 719-315-4975 

 

NAMI WESTERN SLOPE
(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.