Mental Health Education

NAMI Champaign Current Courses

NAMI Family-to-Family

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NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, eight-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises. The program is open to adults and those 14-17 if attending as a participant and accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Family-to-Family spring class of 2023, celebrated its graduation on May 9, with this delicious double chocolate cake from RegCakes in Urbana. Special thanks to NAMI Champaign facilitators; Silvina Montrul and Lyndon Goodly!

The next scheduled Family-to-Family class begins September 2023. Email with questions or to express interest in the class.

In the meantime, here is a link to Our Calendar. Please consider joining our Monthly Support Group and other events in the Champaign area!

WHAT: Family-to-Family Class
September 2023; Location TBD
CONTACT: Please contact Nancy Carter with questions or to express interest in the class. Email -or-
REGISTRATION: Registration required. Please contact Nancy Carter at the above email address.


NAMI Family & Friends

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NAMI Family & Friends is a free, four-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 locally soon! Interested in a Family & Friends presentation?

Email us at We will get back to you as soon as we can and let you know more information.

NAMI Family & Friends is a 90 minute webinar that informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition. It provides information about mental illness, how to help your friend or family member, and how to take care of yourself if you are in a caregiving role. Topics include:

  • Mental Health Conditions & Diagnoses
  • Communication Strategies
  • Treatment & Recovery
  • Crisis Planning
  • Finding Support

NAMI Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery. Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions and informative videos.

NAMI Champaign will be hosting a Peer-to-Peer Class 
START DATE: January, 2022
REGISTRATION: Email NAMI Champaign if you would like to sign-up for this class.
NOTES: Registration required. This program will be over the Zoom platform.

Virtual, Illinois

REGISTRATION: Please contact NAMI Champaign with questions or to express interest in the class. Email

NAMI Homefront

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

Other NAMI Courses

NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a free 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.


NAMI Presentations

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.