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 2018

F2F – STAMFORD

Start Date: Monday, September 10th, 2018
Time: 7:00– 9:30 PM
Location: St. John's Lutheran Church
884 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905
Each Participant Must Fill out an Individual Registration Form; Click HERE to Register Online or contact Pat for assistance: 800-215-3021

F2F – GUILFORD

Start Date: Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: Nathanael B Greene Community Center
32 Church Street. Guilford, CT 06437
Each Participant Must Fill out an Individual Registration Form; Click HERE to Register Online or contact Pat for assistance: 800-215-3021

F2F – NEWINGTON

Start Date: Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Time: 6:00– 8:30 PM
Location: Newington Senior & Disabled Center
120 Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111
Each Participant Must Fill out an Individual Registration Form; Click HERE to Register Online or contact Pat for assistance: 800-215-3021

F2F – MILFORD

Start Date: Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Time: 6:00– 8:30 PM
Location: Saint Agnes Church
400 Merwin Avenue, Milford, CT 06460
Each Participant Must Fill out an Individual Registration Form; Click HERE to Register Online or contact Pat for assistance: 800-215-3021

 

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 2018

NAMI Basics – NEW CANAAN

Start Date: Thursday, September 6th, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Silver Hill Hospital. East Campus. Jurgenson Building - Room 1
208 Valley Road, New Canaan, CT 06840
Contact & Registration: Lorraine at 203-858-1477 or Dawn at 203-249-5935

NAMI Basics – HARTFORD

Start Date: Monday, October 1st, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Connecticut Children's Medical Center (CCMC) - Family Center
282 Washington Street. Hartford,  CT 06106
Contact & Registration: Doris at 860-952-9118                                                                                                                                                                                         ***Parking lot will be provided by CCMC at no cost to participants

NAMI Basics – BRIDGEPORT (SPANISH)

Start Date: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Dunbar Family Resource Center, Room 109
445 Union Avenue. Bridgeport,  CT 06607
Contact & Registration: Regina at 203-275-3648

NAMI Basics – HARTFORD

Start Date: Monday, October 15th, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Connecticut Children's Medical Center (CCMC) - Family Resource Center (2nd Floor)
282 Washington Street. Hartford,  CT 06106
Contact & Registration: Doris at 860-952-9118                                                                                                                                                                                         ***Parking lot will be provided by CCMC at no cost to participants

 

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 FALL 2018

NAMI Homefront– MILFORD

Start Date: Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Time: 6:00  – 8:30 PM
Location: Saint Agnes Church                                                                                                                                                                                         400 Merwin Avenue, Milford, CT 06460
Contact & Registration: John at 203-610-2828

 

NAMI Homefront Classes SPRING 2018

NAMI Homefront– SHELTON

Start Date: Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Time: 1:00  – 3:30 PM
Location: 3 Corporate Drive, Shelton, CT 06484
Contact & Registration: Claudia at 203-428-6864 or John at 203-610-2828

 

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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