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NAMI Education Programs & Presentations

NAMI Family-to-Family

NAMI Family-to-Family is a class for families, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members.

Answer your questions such as: What do I do in a crisis?  How can my relative or friend and I communicate better? What are all these medications for?   What local services am I missing out on? How do I take care of myself in all of this?  Where can I find some answers?

This program is a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help family members, caregivers, and friends understand and support their ill relative while maintaiing their own well being. The course is taught by trained volunteer family members who know what it is like to have a loved one with a mental illness.

– Information & resources    –    Emotional Support    –    Coping Skills & Self Care    –    An Informal Setting

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Our current Family-to-Family class is full but if you would like to be put on the waiting list for the next class Click Here.

If you have questions, please call 540-533-1832 or email:

NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a class for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed.  Read More

NAMI Peer-to-Peer
NAMI Peer‐to‐Peer provides an educational setting focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. The NAMI Peer-to-Peer education program is:

Free and confidential
Held once a week for two hours
Taught by trained Peer Mentors living in recovery themselves
A great resource for information on mental health and recovery

NAMI In Our Own Voice (IOOV)

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes about people with mental health conditions. These free, 40-, 60- or 90-minute presentations provide a personal perspective of mental illness, as presenters with lived experience talk openly about what it’s like to live with a mental health condition.

Our trained presenters humanize the misunderstood, highly stigmatized topic of mental illness by showing that it’s possible —and common—to live well with a mental health condition. This presentation also provides:

  • A chance to ask presenters questions, allowing for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispelling of stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that every person with a mental health condition can hope for a brighter future.
  • Information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community.

To find out about upcoming presentations in the community or to volunteer to share your story with others please call 540-533-1832 or email:

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