Advocating for mental health and families since 1977 






There will be classes offered this year throughout Alameda County

Dates and specifics to be announced soon on this site!

Keep in contact if you are interested in the Veterans Family to Family we are organizing


The twelve sessions of NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY Education Program are presented by a team of NAMI Alameda County volunteers, specially trained family members. This Program is offered up to two times a year. Classes meet weekly. You must be at least fourteen and have a mentally ill relative or significant other to qualify. NAMI membership is not required.

The Program provides education about major mental illnesses, medications and the brain, and skills training in communicating, problem solving, empathy and self-care. It provides support through networking with others who have mentally ill loved ones, and offers resource options in the community. Understand more about how to live with mental illness in someone you love and how to better support both them and yourself. Family members are their ill loved one's most important resource. Education and support are your tools.

Course includes:

*Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictions.

*Up-to-date information about medication side effects and strategies for medication adherence.

*Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery.

*Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.

*Learning in special workshops about problem solving, listening and communication techniques.

*Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse.

*Focus on care for the caregiver - coping with worry, stress and emotional overload

*Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community

*Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services.


Weekly topics:

1- Introduction

2- Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder

3- Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dual Diagnoses

4- Basics about the Brain

5- Problem Solving Skills Workshop

6- Medication Review

7- Inside Mental Illness

8- Communication Skills Workshop

9- Self-care

10- Vision and Potential of Recovery

11- Advocacy

12- Review, Sharing, Evaluation, Party