NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions.

Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, 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. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.

What You’ll Gain

Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all people affected by mental illness. This in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and shared positive impact. You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.

NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:

  • Manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
  • Develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion
  • Identify and access federal, state and local services
  • Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse
  • Understand current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

What People Are Saying

“You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.”— Mother of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA clinic

“We are still friends with everyone that was in the class. There’s always and open ear and an open heart and a shoulder to cry on if you need it.” — Father of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA hospital

Sign Up For A Class

Find the NAMI Homefront nearest to you. If a class isn’t available, contact your local NAMI about starting one.

Now offered online! We understand that attending an in-person class can be difficult for busy individuals and families. We now offer NAMI Homefront Online. Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes.


  • Central, Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., CT, 02/21/2018, - 03/28/2018
  • Mountain, Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., MT, 02/22/2018, - 03/29/2018
  • Pacific, Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., PT, 02/19/2018, - 03/26/2018

Family-to-Family 12-Week Educational Course

When:     February 22, 2018

Register for next class now

Who:  Family members, caregivers, and concerned others of an adult person with mental illness.

Teachers:  Nancy Carter:

Debra Medlyn:


Registration Necessary:

Nancy Carter: 217-356-1925 or

This free educational class is for family members, friends, cargivers, and loved ones, of an adult person living with severe mental illness.  This course is for adults only and is taught by a team of experienced NAMI trained family members volunteers who know what it's like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

A series of 12 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental disorders while maintaining their own well-being.  Over 300,000 people in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico have graduated from this outstanding one-of-a-kind program.

Course includes:

  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning through special workshops to problem solve, listen, and learn communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services