Monthly Seminars

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Get the Facts.

“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.”

—A Family & Friends Seminar Participant

NAMI Family & Friends is a free 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. The seminar is presented as a 90-minute format.

Join Us at Our Next Seminar

Join us Saturday, January 19 at 7 p.m. for an online videoconfererence. Register Now.

This is a virtual event via Zoom video conferencing. We are taking steps for your online privacy and safety. We ask that you register providing minimum basic information. No recording of these video meetings are allowed. Login link and meeting ID sent to you upon registration. Phone only is an option, but not recommended.

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

Additional Resources

Once you have completed the Family & Friends seminar, we'll email you a companion eBook. It provides important information about mental health conditions including: conditions and diagnoses, treatment and recovery, crisis planning, resources and more.

Thank you to the Eastern Iowa Mental Health Region and the Regional Development Authority for seminar support.