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 – WETHERSFIELD

Start Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                    *** Classes are going to be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays
Time: 5:00– 7:30 PM - Wednesdays                                                                                                                                                                                                              10:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Saturdays
Location: FAVOR - Conference Room (2nd Floor)
185 Silas Dean Hwy. Wethersfield, CT 06109
Contact & Registration: Daisy at 860-837-1436

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 – 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, February 27th, 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

Start Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church
50 Bloomfield Avenue. Hartford,  CT 06105
Contact & Registration: Doris at 860-952-9118

NAMI Basics – HARTFORD II (SPANISH/ESPAÑOL)

Start Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
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 – STAMFORD

Start Date: Monday, April 9th, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: St. John's Lutheran Church.
884 Newfield Avenue. Stamford,  CT 06905
Contact & Registration: Lorraine at 203-858-1477

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 Classes FALL 2017

NAMI Basics– BRIDGEPORT II (SPANISH/ESPAÑOL)

Start Date: Saturday, October 21st, 2017
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 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

 

 

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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