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 2019

NAMI F2F – GREENWICH (Class closed)

Start Date: Saturday, January 19th, 2019
Time: 9:15 – 11:45 AM
Location: Greenwich Hospital - Hyde Conference Room
5 Perryridge Road. Greenwich, CT 06820
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI F2F – DANIELSON

Start Date: Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Location: QVCC (Quinebaug Valley Community College) - LM2007 Room
742 Upper Maple Street. Danielson, CT 06239
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI F2F – MANCHESTER (Class full- Waiting list)

Start Date: Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Center Congregational Church
11 Center Street. Manchester, CT 06040
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI F2F – NEW CANAAN

Start Date: Monday, March 4th, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Location: Silver Hill Hospital
208 Valley Road. New Canaan, CT 06840
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI F2F – MILFORD (Class full- Waiting list)

Start Date: Monday, March 4th, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Saint Agnes Church
400 Merwin Avenue. Milford, CT 06460
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI F2F – RIDGEFIELD (Class has been cancelled)

Start Date: Monday, March 4th, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Location: First Congregational Church
103 Main Street. Ridgefield, CT 06877
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI F2F – NEW MILFORD

Start Date: Thursday, March 7th, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: John Pettibone Community Center
2 Pickett District Road. New Milford, CT 06776 ***Childcare available for ages 5-12
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI F2F – WEST HARTFORD

Start Date: Monday, March 11th, 2019 Classes are going to be held on Mondays and Thursdays (Twice a week)
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Location: Flagg Road United Church
134 Flagg Road. West Hartford, CT 06117
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI F2F – NORWICH

Start Date: Thursday, March 21st, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Location: Southeaster Mental Health Authority - Community Conference Room
401 West Thames Street. Norwich, CT 06360
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI F2F – HAMDEN (Class full- Waiting list)

Start Date: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Unitarian Society of New Haven (Library)
700 Hartford Turnpike. Hamden, CT 06517
CLICK HERE to Register


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 2019

NAMI Basics – RIDGEFIELD

Start Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Location: First Congregational Church
103 Main Street. Ridgefield, CT 06877
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI Basics – HARTFORD

Start Date: Monday, February 4th, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Connecticut Children’s Medical center CCMC
UTS Family Resource Center, 2nd Floor. 282 Washington Street. Hartford, CT 06106 ***Participants will receive FREE parking passes***
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI Basics – FAIRFIELD

Start Date: Monday, February 18th, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Location: First Church Congregational
148 Beach Road. Fairfield, CT 06824
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI Basics – BRIDGEPORT- Spanish/Español

Start Date: Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM– 12:30 PM
Location: Waltersville School
150 Hallett Street. Bridgeport, CT 06608
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI Basics – NEWTOWN

Start Date: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Newtown Parent Connection INC
2 Washington Square. Newtown, CT 06470
CLICK HERE to Register

NAMI Basics – GREENWICH

Start Date: Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
Time: 9:15 – 11:45 AM
Location: The First Congregational Church
108 South Beach Avenue. Greenwich, CT 06870
CLICK HERE to Register


NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session education program for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans with behavioral and mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.

The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers of this course are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental health challenges.

NAMI Homefront Classes WINTER/SPRING 2019

NAMI Homefront– MILFORD

Start Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2019
Time: 6:00  – 8:30 PM
Location: Saint Agnes Church                                                                                                                                                                                         400 Merwin Avenue, Milford, CT 06460
CLICK HERE to Register


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

Call Us 800-215-3021 Resources & Information

For Information, Referrals or Help in a Crisis: Dial 2-1-1