Education for Family members and family caregivers of adults living with mental illness

The NAMI Family to Family education program is a free 12 week course for family members and family caregivers of individuals with a mental illness taught by trained NAMI family members. This class is presently offered twice per year. Please call our office at 985-626-6538 for further information. The 12 week Education program provides:


  • Introduction/Brain Biology
  • Mood Disorders such as Bipolar Disorder & Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic, & Generalized Anxiety Disorders
  • Dual Diagnosis / Co-Occurring (Substance Abuse with some form of mental illness.)
  • Fundamental information about mental illnesses are provided:
  • Biological Causes
  • Emotional Cycles of the Family to Family & Principles of Support
  • Definitions, symptoms, & treatment of various illnesses
  • Information on Medications
  • Coping Skills Training
  • Communication Skills
  • Coping with myths & real life stories
  • The stigma of mental illness
  • Community Resources



EDUCATION For Parents / Caregivers of Youth & Adolescents coping with mental illness NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The free six week 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. This class is presently offered twice per year. Please call our office at 985-626-6538 for further information. The 6 week Education program provides:

  • Introduction to the stages of emotional reactions of the family to the mental illness
  • Insights into understanding of the lived experience of the child living with the mental illness
  • Current information about Attention Deficit Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Childhood Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Current research related to the biology of mental illness and the evidence-based, most effective treatment strategies available, including medications used to treat mental illness in children and adolescents
  • Specific workshops to learn problem solving, listening and communication skills
  • Information about the systems that are major players in the lives of children and adolescents with mental illness – the school system and the mental health system
  • Exposure to personal record keeping systems that have proven to be effective for parents/caregivers in their interactions with the school and healthcare systems
  • Information on planning for crisis management and relapse
  • Information on locating appropriate supports and services within the community to build a community of support for the parent/caregiver
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services, with an emphasis on personal advocates for the parent/caregiver and child on an individual level