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Families meeting the challenge of mental illness.

NAMI Family to Family.

Fall Schedule

Family–to-Family is a free 12-week course for family caregivers of adults with severe mental illnesses.

The class was developed about 20 years ago by NAMI National and has been taught to thousands of people across the US.

Kimme Carlos, one of our volunteer instructors, speaking of her experience and why she participates in NAMI's programs:


The course is taught by trained NAMl members who have lived with this experience and offers education and support for families and friends of people with mental illness.

The course teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.

  • Attend with other family members just like you in a confidential setting.
  • Gain insight into how mental illness affects your relative.
  • Take an eye-opening look inside some of today's current brain research related to mental illness.
  • Learn how families can become advocates for better treatments for their relatives.
  • Learn about the mental illness medications available and the latest treatment options.
  • Learn to cope with worry and stress; learn to focus on care for you as well as your loved ones.

Many describe the impact of this program as life changing. Join the over 150,000 individuals just like you, who have gained information, insight, understanding, and empowerment.


To learn more about Family-to-Family, read NAMI helping area families for 25 years, which appeared in the Trenton Times on Feb. 23, 2009.


NAMI Mercer offers Family-to-Family in the spring and the fall at the NAMI Mercer Center and at other locations in the county.

Fall classes run from Thursday, Sept. 15 to Dec. 8, 2016 (no class on Nov. 21), from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, and are now being held at NAMI Mercer Center. This is a 12-week class for family members of adults who have mental illness.

The course is free, but registration is required. Call us at 609-799-8994 for more information.

Our Education Programs
NAMI Mercer offers several free education programs for consumers, family members, and the general public. Peer education classes draw on the actual experience of mental health consumers and family members who have learned to live well with their illnesses and have been extensively trained to help others. NAMI Mercer also hosts presentations by mental health professionals and other experts.

We are committed to providing persons with mental illness and their families vital information and excellent educational experiences to improve their quality of life and promote wellness. Classes also provide excellent opportunities for networking.


Now! Inquire online about the next Family to Family class here. A program leader will contact you soon.

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