12-week course taught by two trained volunteer teachers who themselves have a family member or loved one with a mental illness. In 2013, Family-to-Family was added to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

NAMI Family-to-Family Tribute 

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 evidenced-based program. 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.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

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

What People Are Saying

"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."

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FAQ

What does NAMI Seattle stand for and what is its vision and mission?

NAMI Seattle, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Seattle affiliate, is one of the founding affiliates of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans impacted by mental illness NAMI. NAMI Seattle provides support, education and advocacy and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

Mission: To address the unmet mental health needs within our community through support, referral, education, and outreach.

Vision: A world where all those impacted by mental illness know they are not alone, and are empowered to live a fulfilling life.

How can I become a NAMI member? What are the benefits of membership?

We would be pleased to welcome you to the family of NAMI Seattle members!

Click here to learn more about NAMI Seattle membership. The annual dues are $35/year (or a reduced rate of $3/year for those with financial need).

The benefits of a membership include continued support of NAMI Seattle's free programs to all those in need, a copy of our quarterly newsletter, first invitations to our new speaker series, the NAMI Advocate magazine, discounts on resources in the NAMI store, discounts at NAMI’s Annual Convention, and full access to all the information and features at nami.org.

I am part of a community agency, how do I obtain NAMI Seattle materials to share?>

A part of NAMI's is mission to educate the public about mental illnesses. NAMI Seattleoffers our brochure and fact sheets on a variety of topics, including particular mental disorders, crisis worksheets and resources.

NAMI Seattle's Helpline provides a limited number of paper resources at no charge. To keep costs down and to provide materials to the greatest number of people, it is necessary to limit the number of publications we provide.

Contact the Helpline for more information.

Do you offer programs and literature in other languages?

NAMI Seattle's Resource Card is currently available in Spanish as well as English. Some NAMI programs (including Family-to-Family) are periodically available in Spanish; please contact us to learn more. 

If you would be interested in volunteering to translate any of our resources into a non-English language, we would love your help!

I recently moved. How do I update or remove my contact info from NAMI's mailing list?

If you are a member and you know your username and password, you can log in to www.nami.org and make the changes easily on your own.

You may also email us or call 206-783-9264.

Where can I find statistics about mental health conditions?

You can see some statistics and other information about mental health conditions here.