Support from family members can make a big difference in the life of someone experiencing mental health challenges. NAMI’s family education and support programs offer support, empathy, and valuable information to help you in supporting a loved one while maintaining your own wellbeing.
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidence-based program that includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.
What You’ll Gain
NAMI Family-to-Family provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love.
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
Sign Up for a Class
NAMI Family-to-Family classes will be offered at two locations in early 2018. See the full upcoming schedule below. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To join an interest list for upcoming programs, please contact our HelpLine at (410) 435-2600.
5820 Edmondson Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228
Room – Fellowship Hall
Wednesdays, February 7th – April 25th
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
St. Vincent’s Villa
2600 Pot Spring Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Room- Training Room
Mondays, March 5th – May 21st
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NAMI Basics is a free, 6-session education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing mental health issues. You’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they’re getting medical care.
What You’ll Gain
The 6-session, peer-led program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.
NAMI Basics covers:
- Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
- How to take care of yourself and handle stress
- Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
- Advocating for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings
- Learning about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
- Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school, and juvenile justice systems
- Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family
Sign Up for a Class
NAMI Basics will be offered in early 2018. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To reserve your space in the class, please contact our HelpLine at (410) 435-2600.
Upcoming Program Schedule
MedStar Harbor Hospital
3001 S. Hanover Street, Baltimore, MD 21225
Room – Conference Room A
Saturdays, February 10th, 17th, and 24th
Free parking is available in the Visitor’s lot, located on the right side of the MedStar campus.
NAMI Family Support Group
NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.
NAMI’s support groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and get what they need. It encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.
Attend a Support Group
NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore Office
Every Thursday, 7:00pm-8:30pm
6600 York Road, Suite 204 Baltimore, MD 21212
(Free parking is available in the rear of the building.)
MedStar Franklin Square Hospital – Conference Room A
2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 7:00-8:30pm
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237
Directions and Parking Information
Caregiver Circle is a free, peer-based, mutual support program for caregivers to loved ones living with a co-occurring mental health and substance use condition. Trained facilitators offer support and practical knowledge to participants as they guide productive discussion. The program will help participants strengthen family support by providing resources, connection with others with similar experiences, and hope for recovery.
Caregiver Circle meet for seven, 90 minute- sessions. Topics addressed will include self-care, treatment compliance, and managing relapses. This program was developed by the Metro Baltimore affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Participate in the Program
Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To join the upcoming Caregiver Circle, please contact our HelpLine at (410) 435-2600. For more information about the Caregiver Circle program, please contact Director of Signature Programs, Clarrissa Taylor Jackson.
Fall Program Schedule
Dates: Saturdays 10:00am-11:30am, September 23rd-November 4th
Location: Christian Temple, 5820 Edmondson Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228
Free on-site parking is available in the lower lot.