Educational Programs

NAMI Connecticut offers educational programs and services for family members, people living with mental illness, professionals, and the community at large.

The educational programs listed below are for those who have an adult in their life with a diagnosis of mental illness, parents and caregivers with children or adolescents with any behavioral health disorder, and the general public.

These programs include Family-to-Family, NAMI-Basics, and Community Mental Health Workers or Promotores de Salud Mental (Spanish Program).

Download our current Roster of Programs: In English or Spanish

Family-to-Family:

A nationally recognized FREE twelve-week program that provides education on the neurobiological basis of serious mental illnesses, information, resources and support for family members of individuals with serious mental illness based on the lived experiences of other family members. Program is delivered by trained volunteer family facilitators and is available throughout the state on a regular basis.

F2F Classes WINTER/SPRING 2017

F2F – MIDDLEBURY

Start Date: Thursday, January 5th 2017
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: Shepardson Community Building (Room 4 - Lower level)
1172 Whittemore Road. Middlebury,  CT 06762
Contact & Registration: Carolyn at 203-819-2637

F2F – GREENWICH

Start Date: Saturday, January 14th, 2017
Time: 9:15– 11:45 AM
Location: Greenwich Hospital
5 Perryridge Road. Greenwich, CT 06830
Contact & Registration: Peter at 203-322-3383 or pcase@optonline.com

F2F – RIDGEFIELD

Start Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Time: 6:30– 9:30 PM
Location: Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church
207 Main Street. Ridgefield, CT 06877
Contact & Registration: Marc at 203-940-2516

F2F – MADISON

Start Date: Monday, February 27th, 2017
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: Christ Chapel Church Upstairs
1185 Durham Rd. (Rt. 79). Madison, CT 06443
Contact & Registration: Marianne at 203-824-3720

F2F – DANIELSON

Start Date: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: QVVC (Quinebaug Valley Community College) Room 2007
742 Upper Maple Street. Danielson, CT 06239
Contact & Registration: Bill or Terri at 860-928-5947 or billterri39@att.net

F2F – NORWICH

Start Date: Monday, March 6th, 2017
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: Southeastern Mental Health Authority Community Conference Room
401 West Thames Street, Norwich, CT
Contact & Registration: Kathy at 860-691-8355 or Dottie at 508-757-5348

F2F – GLASTONBURY

Start Date: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church
2577 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033
Contact & Registration: Sandra at 860-667-3413

F2F – HAMDEN

Start Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Time: 6:00– 8:30 PM
Location: Unitarian Society of New Haven (Library)
700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT 06517
Contact & Registration: Marc at 203-234-0629

 

F2F Classes Fall 2016

F2F – MANCHESTER

Start Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Time: 6:00– 8:30 PM
Location: Center Congregational Church
11 Center Street, Manchester, CT 06040
Contact & Registration: Muriel at 860-268-0303 or 626muri@gmail.com

F2F – MADISON

Start Date: Monday, September 12th, 2016
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: Christ Chapel
1185 Durham Road (Rt. 79). Madison, CT 06443
Contact & Registration: Dan or Jeanne at 203-453-2530 or huntonting@gmail.com

F2F – STAMFORD

Start Date: Monday, September 19th, 2016
Time: 7:00– 9:30 PM
Location: St. John's Lutheran Church
884 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905
Contact & Registration: Marietta at 203-329-8633 or Bob at 203-849-9573

F2F – FAIRFIELD

Start Date: Monday, September 19th, 2016
Time: 7:00– 9:30 PM
Location: First Congregational Church
148 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
Contact & Registration: Cheryll at 203-292-7174 / namifairfield@gmail.comor Steve at 908-872-6097

F2F – HAMDEN

Start Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
Time: 6:00– 8:30 PM
Location: Unitarian Society of New Haven (Library)
700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT 06517
Contact & Registration: Marc at 203-234-0629 or Terrilynn at 203-881-2707

F2F – HARTFORD

Start Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: Community Room - Hartford Police Safety
253 High Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Contact & Registration: Pat at 860-796-1731

F2F – STRATFORD

Start Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Time: 7:00– 9:30 PM
Location: Stratford Community Services
468 Birdseye Street, Stratford, CT 06615
Contact & Registration: Randye at 203-521-9086 or Matt at 203-470-7731

 

 

NAMI-Basics:

It is a FREE six-week program that allows families to connect to another while learning about mental illness, its impact on children and adolescents, strategies to deal with schools and providers and tool to empower parents/caregivers to overcome new challenges. This program is for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with a diagnosis of mental illness or in the process to get an evaluation with diverse and complex needs.

NAMI Basics Classes WINTER/SPRING 2017

NAMI Basics– BRIDGEPORT (ENGLISH)

Start Date: Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Time: 5:00– 7:30 PM
Location: Parent Center
900 Boston Avenue. Bridgeport, CT 06610
Contact & Registration: Maguena at 203-521-7953 or Renee at 203-362-9553

NAMI Basics– BRIDGEPORT I (SPANISH/ESPAÑOL)

Start Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2017
Time: 9:30 A.M. – 12:00 PM
Location: Roosevelt School
680 Park Avenue. Bridgeport, CT 06604
Contact & Registration: Nilda at 203-612-1492 or Leydis at 203-360-8207

NAMI Basics– BRIDGEPORT II (SPANISH/ESPAÑOL)

Start Date: Friday, January 27th, 2017
Time: 9:30 A.M. – 12:00 PM
Location: Barnum School - Room 322
495 Waterview Avenue. Bridgeport, CT 06608
Contact & Registration: Nilda at 203-612-1492 or Leydis at 203-360-8207

NAMI Basics– HARTFORD

Start Date: Class Postponed
Time: 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Asian Studies Academy at Bellizzi
215 South St, Hartford, CT
Contact & Registration: Anne at (860) 695-5076

NAMI Basics– HARTFORD

Start Date: Friday, February 24th, 2017
Time: 8:15 - 10:15 AM
Location: SAND School - Family Resource Center, Activities Room
1750 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06120
Contact & Registration: Anne at (860) 695-5076

NAMI Basics– NEW CANAAN

Start Date: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: Grace Farms, West Barn
365 Lukes Wood Road. New Canaan, CT 06840
Contact & Registration: Janet at 203-517-9185

NAMI Basics– TORRINGTON (SPANISH/ESPAÑOL)

Start Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Time: 6:00– 8:30 PM
Location: New Opportunities, 59 Field Street, Torrington, CT 06790
Contact & Registration: Brenda at 203-725-0062 or 860-938-9243

NAMI Basics– BRIDGEPORT (SPANISH/ESPAÑOL III)

Start Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Time: 9:30 A.M. – 12:00 PM
Location: Cesar Batalla School
606 Howard Avenue. Bridgeport, CT 06605
Contact & Registration: Leydis at 203-360-8207 or Maria at (203) 572-7609

NAMI Basics– BRIDGEPORT (SPANISH/ESPAÑOL IV)

Start Date: Friday, April 28th, 2017
Time: 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 PM
Location: The Child & Guidance Center
180 Fairfield Avenue. Bridgeport, CT 06604
Contact & Registration: Maria at (203) 572-7609 or Nilda at 203-612-1492

NAMI Basics– FALLS VILLAGE

Start Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
Time: 6:00– 8:30 PM
Location: Housatonic Youth Service Bureau
236 Warren Turnpike Road, Falls Village, CT 06031
Contact & Registration: Brenda at 203-725-0062 or 860-938-9243

 

 

 

NAMI Basics Classes FALL 2016

NAMI Basics– STAMFORD

Start Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2016
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: ST. John's Lutheran Church
884 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905
Contact & Registration: Lorraine at 203-858-1477

NAMI Basics– WATERBURY I - SPANISH

Start Date: Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: One Exchange Place (4th Floor)
21 West Main St. Waterbury, CT 06708
Contact & Registration: Brenda at 203-725-0062 or 860-938-9243

NAMI Basics– WATERBURY II - SPANISH

Start Date: Monday, October 17th, 2016
Time: 6:00– 8:30 PM
Location: One Exchange Place (4th Floor)
21 West Main St. Waterbury, CT 06708
Contact & Registration: Brenda at 203-725-0062 or 860-938-9243

NAMI Basics– BRIDGEPORT (SPANISH/ESPAÑOL)

Start Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 PM
Location: Parent Center
900 Boston Avenue. Bridgeport, CT 06610
Contact & Registration: Maria at 203-572-7609 or Leydis at 203-345-9597

NAMI Basics– TORRINGTON

Start Date: Tuesday, December 6th 2016
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: Prime Time House Library (Building #822)
836 Main St. Torrington, CT 06790
Contact & Registration: Brenda at 203-725-0062 or 860-938-9243

 

 

 

Community Mental Health Workers (CHMW) or Promotores de Salud Mental:

NAMI-Connecticut’s Community Mental Health Workers (CMHW) Program is a peer-based project that offers community – based education and tools to parents and caregivers of children or adolescents with behavioral health disorders regarding mental health, children’s mental illnesses, and mental health services available to the Hispanic / Latino community. CMHW services are delivered, for the most part, through an educational program — “Learning Together: Changing Minds” which is a FREE six-week program for Spanish speaking or bilingual parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who have a mental illness.

 

Sharing Hope (in the African American Faith Community)

Across the nation, congregations of all denominations bring African American families together and provide emotional support to their members. Researchers have found evidence that African Americans seek help from the clergy more frequently than from other professionals. Mental health issues are no exception. When dealing with mental illness, African American families might look for guidance, support, and understanding from their faith community.It is for these reasons that NAMI has developed Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health. The hallmark of this initiative is an interactive educational presentation that aims to decrease mental health stigma in this community, increase awareness of mental health recovery, and to introduce NAMI education and support programs. Contact our Sharing Hope Coordinator for more information:sharinghope@namict.org

 

COMPARTIENDO ESPERANZA:

Introducing COMPARTIENDO ESPERANZA: Understanding Mental Health.  Compartiendo Esperanza is an interactive 90-minute Spanish presentation. The presentation gives an overview of mental health problems, treatment and recovery from the perspective of who have experienced these illnesses. This program creates awareness about mental health and assists Latinos in finding the help they need.  For more information or to schedule a presentation, please contact Paloma Bayona, at (860) 882-0236, or via email at pbayona@namict.org.

 

Please visit our Professional/Community Education and our Support Groups pages for additional educational programs and services offered by NAMI Connecticut.

NAMI Connecticut is pleased to offer Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults. For more details, please call our office: 860.882.0236

NAMI Connecticut is pleased to offer Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults. For more details, please call our office: 860.882.0236

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