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 2018

F2F – GREENWICH - Class Full/Waiting List

Start Date: Saturday, January 13th, 2018
Time: 9:15– 11:45 AM
Location: Greenwich Hospital, Cafeteria Conference Room
5 Perryridge Road. Greenwich, CT 06820
Contact & Registration: Peter at 203-322-3383

F2F – MILFORD - Class Full/Waiting List

Start Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
Time: 6:00– 8:30 PM
Location: Saint Mary Church - Rectory Basement
70 Gulf Street, Milford, CT 06460
Contact & Registration: John at 203-610-2828 or Marie at 203-676-8049

F2F – MANCHESTER

Start Date: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Time: 6:00– 8:30 PM
Location: Center Congregational Church
11 Center Street, Manchester, CT 06040
Contact & Registration: Roberta at 860-690-1034

F2F – BLOOMFIELD

Start Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: The First Congregational Church
10 Wintonbury Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Contact & Registration: Janel at (860) 559-6841 or 860-528-2551

F2F – GUILFORD

Start Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: Nathanael B Greene Community Center
32 Church Street. Guilford, CT 06437
Contact & Registration: Susan at 860-575-9593

F2F – WATERBURY (Spanish class/ clase en Español: De Familia a Familia)

Start Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
Time: 5:00– 7:30 PM
Location: Silas Bronson Library
267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT 06702
Contact & Registration: Karime at 203-982-2540

F2F – DANIELSON

Start Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: QVCC (Quinebaug Valley Community College) Room LM 2007
742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT 06239
Contact & Registration: Bill or Terri at 860-928-5947 or billterri39@att.net

F2F – NEW CANAAN

Start Date: Monday, March 19th, 2018
Time: 7:00– 9:30 PM
Location: Silver Hill Hospital
208 Valley Road, New Canaan, CT 06840
Contact & Registration: Marietta at 203-329-8633 or Bob C. at 203-849-9573 

F2F – HAMDEN - Class Full/Waiting List

Start Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
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 – RIDGEFIELD

Start Date: Monday, April 16th, 2018
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM
Location: First Congregational Church
103 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Contact & Registration: Marc at 203-940-2516 or Sheryl at 203-470-1488

F2F – FARMINGTON

Start Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                            *** Classes are going to be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM - (both days)                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Location: Middlewoods of Farmington
509 Middle Road, Farmington, CT 06032
Contact & Registration: Janet at 860-620-7717

 

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 2018

NAMI Basics – HARTFORD I (SPANISH/ESPAÑOL)

Start Date: Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Catholic Charities - Institute for Hispanic Family (Multipurpose Room)
45 Wadsworth Street. Hartford, CT 06106
Contact & Registration: Marta at 203-535-4804

NAMI Basics – HARTFORD

Start Date: Tuesday, April 3rd , 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: SAND School Family Resource Center (FRC Activity Room)
1750 Main Street. Hartford,  CT 06120
Contact & Registration: Anne at 860-695-5076

NAMI Basics – HARTFORD II (SPANISH/ESPAÑOL)

Start Date: TBD
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: NAMI Connecticut - Conference Room
576 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105
Contact & Registration: Marta at 203-535-4804

NAMI Basics – NEWTOWN

Start Date: Monday, April 9th, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Newtown Parent Connection INC
2 Washington Square, Newtown,  CT 06470
Contact & Registration: Lorraine at 203-858-1477 or Dawn at 203-249-5935

NAMI Basics – BRIDGEPORT

Start Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Department of Children 7 Families - 3rd Floor - Large Conference Room.
100 Fairfield Avenue. Bridgeport,  CT 06604
Contact & Registration: Maguena at 203-521-7953 or Sheree at 203-384-5602

NAMI Basics – HARTFORD

Start Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Unitarian Society of Hartford
50 Bloomfield Avenue. Hartford,  CT 06105
Contact & Registration: Doris at 860-952-9118

 

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 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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