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
To join an interest list for an upcoming NAMI Family-to-Family class, please contact our HelpLine at (410) 435-2600.
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 beginning in April. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To reserve your space in the upcoming NAMI Basics class, please contact our HelpLine at (410) 435-2600.
When: Wednesdays, April 18th through May 23rd, 10:00am-12:30pm
Where: White Oak School, 8401 Leefield Road, Baltimore, MD 21234
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
Caregiver Circle will be offered beginning in April. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To join the upcoming Caregiver Circle, please contact our HelpLine at (410) 435-2600.
When: Saturdays, April 7th through May 19th, 10:00am-11:30am
Where: Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 2424 McElderry Street, Baltimore, MD 21205