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 FALL 2017

F2F – EAST WINDSOR

Start Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: Kettle Brook- Fresh River Healthcare
96 Prospect Hill Rd. East Windsor, CT 06088
Contact & Registration: Roseann at 860-948-8736

F2F – EAST HARTFORD

Start Date: Sunday, September 10th, 2017
Time: 3:00– 5:30 PM
Location: Crossroads Community Cathedral
1492 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118
Contact & Registration: Casey at 860-895-1231 ext. 636. or cperez@myccc.church

F2F – STAMFORD

Start Date: Monday, September 11th, 2017
Time: 7:00– 9:30 PM
Location: St. John's Lutheran Church
884 Newfield Ave. Stamford, CT 06905
Contact & Registration: Marietta at 203-329-8633 or Bob C. at 203-849-9573  

F2F – FAIRFIELD (Class full - Waiting list)

Start Date: Monday, September 11th, 2017
Time: 7:00– 9:30 PM
Location: First Church Congregational
148 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
Contact & Registration: Steve at 203-292-7174 or SteveBatHome@gmail.com

F2F – HAMDEN (Class full - Waiting list)

Start Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 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 – NEWINGTON (Class full - Waiting list)

Start Date: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church
1655 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111
Contact & Registration: Sandra at 860-667-3413

F2F – RIDGEFIELD

Start Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2017
Time: 6:30– 9:30 PM
Location: First Congregational Church
103 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Contact & Registration: Marc at 203-940-2516

F2F – NEWINGTON (NEW)

Start Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2017
Time: 6:00– 8:30 PM
Location: Senior Center ( Arts & Crafts Room)
120 Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111
Contact & Registration: Pat at 860-796-1731

F2F – NORWICH (NEW)

Start Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2017
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: Southeastern Mental Health Authority
401 West Thames Street, Norwich, CT
Contact & Registration: Kathy at 860-691-8355 or Dottie at 508-757-5348

 

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 FALL 2017

NAMI Basics– BRIDGEPORT I (SPANISH/ESPAÑOL)

Start Date: Saturday, August 12th, 2017 (Class is full; please check with contact person for more information)
Time: 1:00 P.M. – 6:00 PM
Location: Chaplaincy FECCI Org.
135 Clarence Street, Bridgeport, CT 06608
Contact & Registration: Nilda at 203-612-1492 or Leydis at 203-360-8207

NAMI Basics– BRIDGEPORT II (SPANISH/ESPAÑOL)

Start Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Housatonic Community College, Beacon Hall, Room 232
900 Lafayette Blvd. Bridgeport, CT 06608
Contact & Registration: Nilda at 203-612-1492 or Leydis at 203-360-8207

NAMI Basics– BRIDGEPORT III (SPANISH/ESPAÑOL)

Start Date: Friday, September 22nd, 2017
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 PM
Location: The Child & Guidance Center
180 Fairfield Avenue. Bridgeport, CT 06604
Contact & Registration: Maria at (203) 572-7609 or Leydis at 203-360-8207

 

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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