Family Mental Health Education Programs

NAMI Family-to-Family Class

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people 18 years or older living with mental illness. It is a proven education program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of class participants.

This is a nationally developed program taught by NAMI-trained family members who have had the lived experience and includes presentations, discussions and interactive sessions. Please see below for additional description.

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Now Registering

Muscatine Community College

Eight consecutive Tuesdays: February 13 to April 9 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Main Campus, 152 Colorado Street, Muscatine.

Scott Community College

Eight consecutive Mondays:  March 18 to May 6 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Belmont Campus – 500 Belmont Road, Bettendorf.

First Church United - West Liberty, IA

Eight consecutive Thursdays: April 4 to May 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 1100 N. Calhoun St., West Liberty, IA.

MercyOne - Clinton, Iowa

Eight consecutive Thursdays: April 11 to May 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Room Number: CL Conference Room A, 1410 N 4th Street.

What You’ll Gain from Taking this Program.

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you will also find out that you are not alone. There is a support community built in. Recovery is a journey and, together, there is hope.

The group setting provides mutual support and shared positive impact. Experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. Sharing your own experience may help others in your class. You will learn about:

  • Symptoms of mental illness
  • How to solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Supporting your loved one with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • How to handle a crisis and crisis intervention
  • Current treatment and therapies
  • The impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

Watch our video below to hear from real class participants!

Offered quarterly – please see events for the schedule.

If you’d like to meet other local family members …

Future Program Wait List

We have a robust schedule of programs coming. Please let us know if you are interested in a future course and we’ll send registration details.

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley

We are the local chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a grassroots organization dedicated to educating everyone – from young people to mature adults – that mental health conditions are treatable and recovery is possible. The earlier they are detected, the better. Early detection, treatment and recovery aren’t just for cancer patients. They are for us, too.