Education Programs

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises.


What You’ll Gain

In the program, you'll learn about:

  • How to manage crises, solve problems, and communicate effectively

  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress

  • Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion

  • Finding and using local supports and services

  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain

  • Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications, and side effects

  • The impact of mental illness on the entire family


What People are Saying

"Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed."


"I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none."


Sign Up for a Class

Registration is required.  Click on the header CLASSES AND COMMUNITY EVENTS for the latest information on dates and locations.  You can sign up using this link and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

A Class for Parents who have Children and Youth with Mental Health Needs


  • Provides information to help parents understand typical behaviors versus challenging behaviors that require intervention.

  • Learn when and how to seek help, develop parenting strategies, learn the ins and outs of special education and other educational supports, and discover community resources available to families and youth.

  • Taught by parents who have been on similar journeys and can provide firsthand experience and knowledge.

  • Receive a comprehensive manual with relevant resources and information in one place.


Sign Up for a Class

Meals are included and the cost is FREE!  Child care stipends and travel stipends are also available. Registration is required. Call our office at 757-499-2041 for details on upcoming classes.

Children's Challenging Behaviors
Support groups

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop supportive relationships. This group allows your voice to be heard, and provides an opportunity for your personal needs to be met. It encourages empathy, productive discussion, and a sense of community. You'll benefit through other’s experiences, discover your inner strength, and learn how to identify and use local resources.


What You’ll Gain

NAMI Family Support Group will help you:

  • See the individual first, not the illness

  • Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers

  • Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events

  • Aim for better coping skills

  • Find strength in sharing experiences

  • Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination

  • Not judge anyone’s pain

  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt

  • Embrace humor as healthy

  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem

  • Work for a better future in a realistic way


Find a Support Group


Family Support Group (FSG) Programs are offered at four locations:

Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church, 136 S. Lynnhaven Rd, VA Beach.

​The second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Norview Baptist Church, 1127 Norview Ave., Norfolk, VA.

The second Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, 3636 High Street, 2nd floor, Conference Room A, Portsmouth.  The first Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. 

Northhampton County Department of Social Services, 5265 The Hornes, Eastville, VA. 

Every third Thursday of the month from 6:00pm-7:30pm. For information, please contact

Family support group