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The following classes are sponsored by NAMI-FVCT under the auspices of NAMI National and NAMI-CT.  Information on classes held in other locations throughout the state may be obtained through the state office at 860-882-0236.

FREE Educational Program NAMI-Basics!

The fundamentals of caring for you, your family and your child with mental illness

What is NAMI Basics?

NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.  The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.

The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours.   Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.

Spring 2014


Date: Begins Thursday, April 21st, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road. Avon, CT 06001

Contact & Registration: Grace at 860-693-9310 / or Marisa at 860-299-5705


For more information about the NAMI-Basics educational course,

please contact Paloma R Bayona at NAMI Connecticut office ( 1.800.215.3021)

or by email at

  • “Family-to-Family” (F2F) is a FREE12-week comprehensive program that covers information about schizophrenia, mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc., in addition to coping skills such has handling crisis and relapse, basic information about medications, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving skills, recovery and rehabilitation, and self-care for worry and stress.  The curriculum was written for NAMI by an experienced family member and mental health professional, and the classes are taught by NAMI member volunteers throughout CT and the country who have been trained as instructors.  The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children, and significant others of persons with severe and persistent mental illness.  It is not appropriate for individuals who themselves suffer from one of the major mental illnesses.   F2F classes are held each Fall and Spring throughout CT.  The next class begins March 17, 2014.  
  • F2F – CANTON

    Date: Begins, Thursday, Sept. 18 th 2014
    Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Location: First Congregational Church of Canton Center  (Parish Hall)

  • 184 Cherry Brook Road,  Canton Center, CT 06019.

    Contact & Registration: Janet at 860-620-7717 or 

  • “Peer-to-Peer” is a FREE 9-week “experiential” course on recovery for any person with serious mental illness who is interested in establishing and maintaining wellness.  It is similar to “Family-to-Family”in that it is based upon the idea that living with serious mental illness is, among many other things, an experience of trauma, and the recovery path occurs in predictable stages.  The course is designed to offer an opportunity for growth regardless of individual stage, and the diversity of experience among course participants affords for a lively dynamic that moves the course along.  The classes are taught by a team of three trained “mentors”, or peer-teachers, who are themselves experienced at living with mental illness.  For more information about the course and where classes are being held, contact the NAMI-CT office at 860-882-0236.
  • “NAMI-Basics” is a new FREE 6-week program that allows families to connect to one another while learning about mental illness, its impact on children and adolescents, strategies to deal with schools and providers and tools to empower parents/caregivers to overcome new challenges.  This program is specifically for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness that have diverse complex needs.  For more information about the program and where classes are being held, contact the NAMI-CT office at 860-882-0236 or contact Marisa at 860.299.5705 or

Related Files

NAMI Basic 2014 spring (PDF File)

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