Family-to-Family is a free, 10-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions.

The 2-1/2 hour class meets for 10 consecutive weeks, and each week’s topic builds on the previous topics covered. Therefore, it is important that participants try to attend each class. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

In 2013, the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program was added to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).


Upcoming 10-Week Classes

Mondays from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. starting March 25 in south Austin at Integral Care, 1700 South Lamar Blvd

Upcoming 4-Hour Workshops

Can’t make our 10-week classes? Check out our Family & Friends workshops!

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What are participants saying about Family-to-Family?

“This course overall was the single most, without a doubt, helpful and informative thing ever offered in all my years searching for answers… It has helped me to understand better and communicate more effectively with my brother.”

“The course has helped me to realize that my son is still inside the body that is often times hidden by the mental illness and that I am not alone in this.” 

What will you learn in the 10-week class?

  1. Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
  2. Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  3. Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  4. Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  5. Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  6. Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  7. Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  8. Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  9. Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

After Completing the Class

On average, after completing a Family-to-Family class series:

  • 96.7% of participants reported they could recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Participants were 5.6 times more likely to know how to access the care and support services that their loved one needs
  • Participants were 7.5 times more likely to understand how to manage crises that may result from symptoms of mental illness



Ready to share your story? Become a trained teacher, facilitator or presenter. Attend our next Volunteer Info Session!

Support for these classes provided in part by grants from: