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  • All NAMI Wake County education classes are peer led.
  • All classes are free.
  • Advanced registration is required.
  • To register or for more information, please submit the form below.

Family to Family

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for friends and family of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their families.
Illnesses discussed include:

  • ​Major Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance Use Disorder


Course for Parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents living with mental illnessNAMI Basics is an education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. The NAMI Basics course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years.

The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours. Classes may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate the hectic schedules of parents.


Family Education for Borderline Personality Disorder

Family Connections for Borderline Personality Disorder is a course for family members with a relative with borderline personality disorder (BPD), or symptoms of the disorder. The program seeks to provide the most current information and research on BPD, to teach coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and to develop a support network.

Education on BPD Skills                          Emotion Regulation Skills
Research on BPD                                                  Communication Skills
Family Perspectives and Experiences                   Validation Skills
Relationship Mindfulness Skills

This class is taught by family members and is not a therapy group. Registration is open for two upcoming classes scheduled for April & October.

​Data documents that educated family members experience a decrease in depression, burden, grief and an increase in empowerment.

Peer to Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session education program for adults living with mental illness.

The course is designed to provide an educational setting focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer helps you:

  •    Create a personalized relapse prevention plan
  •    Learn how to interact with health care providers
  •    Develop confidence for making decisions and reducing stress
  •    Stay up-to-date on mental health research
  •    Understand the impact of symptoms on your life
  •    Access practical resources on how to maintain your journey toward recovery

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