Education

NAMI of Central Middlesex regularly offers a selection of NAMI’s array of educational classes for Caregivers (family/friends of a person with a mental illness) and for Peers (those with a mental health challenge). Our newsletter lists the next available sessions offered by our affiliate.

  • NAMI Family-to-Family is a 12-session educational program for family and friends of people living with mental illness, offered at no cost to the participants. Research shows that this designated, evidenced-based program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.  Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.
    • NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or who have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.  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. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.  The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you’re going through because they’ve been there.
  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Everything is confidential, and NAMI never recommends a specific medical therapy or treatment approach.

Further information about NAMI Education – including peer education, teacher and facilitator training, mental health education by other organizations and NAMI classes offered outside of our affiliate can be found at the NAMI Massachusetts web site.