NAMIws Office: 970-462-3989

Mind Springs Health Crisis Line: 1-888-207-4004

National Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK


Currently taking registrations for our
Fall 2017 Family to Family class. 
Call 970-462-3989 or email info@namiws.org to be added to the list.


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 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.


Course Topics

  • Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective 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/new research
  • 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 


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