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NAMI Chaffee County, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will soon offer a free Family-to-Family program for families and friends of adults with mental health conditions. The online, eight-session NAMI Family-to-Family program will be held on from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday evenings, March 3 through April 21.

Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences, and to gain insight, hope, and confidence in caring for a family member with a mental health condition. NAMI programs change lives and help families understand that mental illness is a biological brain disorder – an illness like any other.

One former participant said: “This class was a Godsend. I have a new sense of hope and confidence. I feel like I am so much better informed and prepared to support my son.”

These classes offer an in-depth study of mental illness characteristics, treatments, coping and communication skills, problem-solving, and information on community resources. NAMI also emphasizes advocacy in the fight against stigma and in obtaining better services for those living with mental illness.

Classes are led by trained family members who understand the challenges of supporting a loved one with a mental health condition. To register, or for information about other NAMI programs and support groups, contact NAMI Chaffee County at or 970-823-4751.

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March 21 is the cutoff date for entering this Family-to-Family course, and pre-registration is required. After registering, participants will receive an email with the Zoom link.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Chaffee County is an affiliate of NAMI Colorado. NAMI Chaffee County volunteers work to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy, and support group programs for people in our community with mental health conditions and their loved ones.