Family and Friends

NAMI Family and Friends

NAMI Family & Friends is a free four-hour or 90-minute seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

NAMI Family and Friends is based largely on NAMI’s evidence-based 12 week education program called Family-to-Family for family, friends and significant others of people with mental health conditions. Family-to-Family, on which this seminar is based, is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family and Friends Seminar is led by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes an informative presentation, followed by a discussion and Q&A period. All of our seminar leaders are also trained Family-toFamily teachers.

What You’ll Learn

The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics.

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery
  • Effective communication strategies
  • The importance of self-care
  • Crisis preparation strategies
  • NAMI and community resources

What People Are Saying

“Hearing personal experiences and how relatable my experiences are to them was very helpful. Hearing specific strategies to communicate and specific traits that people with mental illness have. Know that the illness is what can cause “cruelty” and poor decisions rather than the person.”

“I have a better understanding of how mental illness impacts the person affected…it was nice to hear the stories of the instructors and their paths. The handbook (eBook) given has a lot of helpful information which I did not know about.”

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Sign Up For A Seminar

NAMI New Mexico and all affiliates conduct this free seminar several times a year in the greater Albuquerque area as well as various other locations locations around New Mexico. To see if there is a seminar scheduled in your area and to register: Check for Seminars