Programs for family members, caregivers, or friends of people living with mental health conditions

You’re here because someone in your life is living with a mental health condition. We’re here because it’s vital you know that you are not alone.

Family members, partners, and other caregivers often play a large role in helping and supporting loved ones with mental illness. You may be trying to help a family member who doesn't have access to care or doesn't want help, or you may want to learn how to support and encourage someone who has been hospitalized or experienced a similar mental health crisis. At NAMI Anchorage we have a community of peers to help you learn, navigate resources, and connect with others with shared lived experience.

The news is good. There are treatments, and recovery is possible.

Online NAMI Family Support Groups

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Offered in partnership with NAMI Alaska and the Alaskan NAMI affiliates.

For family members, partners, caregivers, or other loved ones of someone living with a mental health condition

You are not alone, and there is strength in the support of a community. Our no-cost support groups are led by others who have a loved one living with a mental health condition. Register once to get access to the Zoom meetings; attend any group at any time.

Please note: only individuals who are family members, partners, caregivers, or other loved ones of someone with a mental health condition may attend.

What you’ll learn:

  • You are not alone. You’ll meet others who are navigating the same obstacles and hurdles.

  • Share success stories. Celebrate the victories.

  • Share knowledge. Learn about the experiences of others.

NAMI Family-to-Family

For family members, partners, caregivers, or other loved ones of adults living with a mental health condition

This no-cost 8-week class is designed to both help family members understand and support their adult loved one living with a mental health condition and maintain their own well-being. It meets for 2 ½ hours for 8 consecutive weeks and each class builds on the knowledge of previous classes. Taught by individuals who have their own personal experience in supporting someone living with a mental health condition.

What you’ll learn:

  • Current information about mental health and the brain

  • Treatment options for your loved one

  • Crisis management strategies

  • Problem solving and communication methods

  • Empathy and family roles

  • How to be an advocate for mental health

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Contact us to be placed on an interest list for the next course.

NAMI Family & Friends Seminar

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The next seminar is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at Matsu Health Foundation.

For the general public but directed towards family members and friends of people who live with mental health conditions.

NAMI Family & Friends is a seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

What you’ll learn:

  • The presenters will guide you through the following topics:

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery

  • Effective communication strategies

  • The importance of self-care

  • Crisis preparation strategies

  • NAMI and community resources

NAMI Basics OnDemand

For parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms.

NAMI Basics OnDemand is an education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. If you have a child or teen displaying signs of a mental health or behavioral concern, or if you already have a diagnosis, this program is for you. The OnDemand program is guided by parents and family members with lived experience and is self-paced and available 24/7.

What you’ll learn:

  • The impact mental health conditions can have on your entire family

  • Different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options and therapies

  • An overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and resources to help you navigate these systems

  • How to advocate for your child's rights at school and in health care settings

  • How to prepare for and respond to crisis situations

  • The importance of taking care of yourself

Offered online by NAMI on demand and at your own pace.

NAMI Homefront Mental Health Resources

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Available 24/7.

For families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions

NAMI has launched an online suite of resources for caregivers, family members, and military service members and veterans designed to increase understanding, communication, wellness and advocacy skills.

You'll find information about:

  • Mental health conditions

  • Treatment options

  • Approaches to increase overall wellness

  • Tips for self-care and managing stress

  • Communication strategies

  • Transitioning from military to civilian life

  • Links to helpful organizations and crisis services