Family to Family

An 8-Week Class on Mental Health

Special Announcement: Due to Covid-19, Family to Family classes are now on Zoom. They are also now 8-weeks instead of 12. For more information, please use the contact information at the bottom of this section or fill out the contact form.

Many people are stressed and frustrated by situations in their homes related to a mentally ill relative. Medical needs and chaotic behaviors are disruptive; good intentions seem thwarted. It often seems like care, suggestions  and concern are not enough. There is a lot to understand about mental illnesses and NAMI Contra Costa offers education, hope and community.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidence-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.

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

We are working to make as many courses available throughout the county as possible. Our volunteer teaching team is comprised of over 35 individuals, representing English, Spanish and Mandarin-speaking educators. We continually seek to develop more opportunities of education and support in our various county sectors.

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Have Questions About Family to Family?

Feel free to contact any of the following individuals below about questions directly or fill out our online form here: Online Form
Please check the availability of the classes you want to join before emailing the coordinator. Please do not email about [FULL] classes. You will not be able to register for [FULL] Classes.

Family to Family Updates

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Sign up now! A new IN PERSON Family-to-Family Education Program begins in September 2024! Click "Read More" for more details.
Mayo 2024: Un Nuevo Clase de Familia a Familia. Fecha y Horario Del 31 de mayo al 19 de Julio 2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Información y Registración ...
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Sign up now! A new Family-to-Family Education Program begins in June 2024! "Read More" for details about start date, registration requirements, and more.
Family to Family in English

Marie Kamali
(925) 942-0767

Family to Family in Spanish

Ruth Hernandez
(925) 765-8206

Family to Family in Mandarin Chinese

Shelly Ji
(925) 765-8232