Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session education course for family and friends of people living with mental illness. The program offers a relaxed, trusting, and safe environment for participants to develop insight, skills, and emotional understanding to support the mental health recovery of a loved one.

This evidence-based course is taught by a team of trained instructors who also are family members of people living with mental illness. The instructors will guide participants to better understand, advocate for and support loved ones while maintaining their own and their family's well-being.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register for an upcoming course, click the registration button below or click here.

For more information on this program, email or call (920) 954-1550.


What You’ll Gain

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you’ll learn about:

  • How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • The impact of mental illness on the entire family


Vivian Flanagan, Family Program Coordinator


Upcoming Class

Monday, January 16th-Monday, March 6th
6:00-8:30 PM
Location: NAMI Fox Valley
211 E. Franklin Street, Appleton, WI 54911

What People Are Saying

"The course gave me hope that it will be okay, that I am not alone and reduced a lot of shame, guilt and hopelessness."

"I wish I'd known about this seven years ago when the problem began. I felt safe in this class. I was able to talk about things I haven't been comfortable expressing elsewhere."

"Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed."

"I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none."