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Family and Friends

Our Family and Friends Educational Seminars are held twice per year and consist of two sessions in one week, totaling 5 hours. These seminars are good first points of contact with NAMI Toledo for families and friends who care about a person struggling with mental illness.

Without previous experience or training, it can be hard to understand mental illness or know how to help. Basic information will be provided about:

  • Mental illness and helpful skill-training
  • The crucial need for caregivers to maintain good self-care habits and get emotional support
  • Find an upcoming class on the Events Page.

NAMI Basics

This free 6-session class is for parents and caregivers of those with mental illness. It is taught by parents with similar experiences and provides communication tips and insight into the biology, systems, research and treatment. Basics provides learning and practical insight for families including:

  • Trauma of mental illness for the child and family
  • Biology of mental illness and getting an accurate diagnosis
  • Overview of systems involved in caring for children and teens
  • Communication tips for a more peaceful home
  • Latest medical research on mental illness and treatment advances
  • Overview of treatment options
  • Find an upcoming class on the Events Page.

Family to Family

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions.

The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. In the program, you’ll learn about:

  • How to solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Supporting your loved one with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • How to handle a crisis
  • Current treatments and therapies
  • The impact of mental health conditions on the entire family 
  • Find an upcoming class on the Events Page.