NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a class for parents, guardians and other family caregivers who provide care for youth (age 22 or younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. This course is also available in Spanish, Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI.

Find an in-person NAMI Basics class nearest to you. If a local class isn’t available, contact your NAMI Affiliate or register for NAMI Basics OnDemand.

A Spanish-language version of the program, Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI, is available at some affiliates.

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.

NAMI Family & Friends

NAMI Family & Friends is a 4-hour seminar that informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Seminar leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions in their families.

Family & Friends will be offered soon! Please contact Nancy Carter (217) 356-1925 and leave a message that you are interested or email: We will get back to you as soon as we can and let you know more information .


NAMI Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is a presentation designed for middle and high school students, school staff, and parents or guardians of middle or high school aged youth. Audiences learn about the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs.

NAMI In Our Own Voice

NAMI In Our Own Voice is a presentation for the general public to promote awareness of mental health conditions and recovery. This program is also available in Spanish, En Nuestra Propia Voz de NAMI.

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.

Family-to-Family 8-Week Educational Course

A FREE 8-week educational course for family, caregivers, and friends of individuals living with mental health conditions.

NAM Champaign successfully held our Spring 2020 class by Zoom. Plans are in the works to offer the Family-to-Family class this fall. Please contact Nancy Carter 217-356-1925 and leave a message that you are interested or email: and put NAMI Class in the subject line. We will get back to you with more information.

* NOTE: While we always like to meet in person, we will determine whether this class will be online or in a new location to spread out. Thanks for your patience and understanding!

This free educational class is for family members, friends, caregivers, 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 8 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