Family Support and Education

NAMI Dane County family support programs are led by family members of individuals living with mental illness and follow a structured format. Our programs are provided at no cost to participants.

Education Classes

NAMI Dane County education classes provide the support, training and skills needed to help family members and other caregivers better assist their loved ones in need. All of our education classes are led by trained peer facilitators and follow a structured format. 

My father and I took the NAMI Family-to-Family class together to help us better understand and support our family members who struggle with a diagnosis of mental illness and all of the life challenges an illness of this sort entails. The class was incredibly helpful, both in terms of better understanding the physical and emotional challenges our loved one’s face, but also in terms of finding support ourselves. I highly recommend the Family-to-Family class.
— Allison Gritton, Family-to-Family participant

Registration is required for all education classes.

  • NAMI Family-to-Family is for families, partners and friends of individuals 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 family members. NAMI Family-to-Family was designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA. The course consists of 12 two-and-a-half hour sessions.

    To join an interest list for an upcoming Family-to-Family program, please complete the F2F interest form.

  • NAMI Basics is for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental illness/emotional disturbance or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. This course consists of six two-and-a-half hour classes.

    To join an interest list for an upcoming NAMI Basics course, please fill out and submit the NAMI Basics interest form.

  • NAMI Homefront is an educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions. NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. This course consists of six two-and-a-half hour classes.

    To join an interest list for an upcoming NAMI Homefront course, please fill out and submit the NAMI Homefront interest form.

Support Groups

NAMI Dane County family support groups provide a safe space where members can share their experiences and develop supportive relationships. These groups encourage empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community. 

All support groups are held at the United Way Building located at 2059 Atwood Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin. Building doors are locked to the public after 4:30pm. With this in mind, we encourage you to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of your group so that the facilitator can let you into the building and your session can start on time.

Support groups are confidential and registration is not required.

  • NAMI Family Support is a 90-minute bi-monthly support group for family members and friends of people with mental illness. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 7-8:30pm.

    • The NAMI Family Support Group will not be meeting on Monday, September 2nd from 7-8:30pm due to Labor Day.