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Family and Friends

How to Support A Loved One Enduring Mental Illness


What is NAMI Family & Friends?

NAMI Family & Friends is a free 4-hour seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

This program is open to family members, friends, neighbors, advocates, and anyone interested in learning more about mental health conditions and how to support those impacted by diagnoses. We offer this program in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. After attending and completing the classes, you are welcome to join us and become a certified leader. Click register now

What to expect?

Once you pre-register we will respond to you within 24-48 hours. If you do not hear from us within this timeframe, please email our SEA Center  at

The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk through the following topics:

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment, and recovery
  • Effective communication strategies
  • The importance of self-care
  • Crisis preparation strategies
  • NAMI Greater Houston and community resources

If you would like to become an education teacher, please complete our Leader Training Interest Form here.

Cristina attended the 4-hour Family and Friends.
Here is her story

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