For family members, partners, friends, and loved ones


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.


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.


What is the Family Support Group?

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult (18+) with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. By sharing your experiences in a safe setting, you can 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 from other’s experiences, discover your inner strength and empower yourself by sharing your own experiences in a non-judgmental space. Please note: only individuals who are family members, caregivers, friends, or 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 from the experiences of others.

Online Family Support Groups

In partnership with NAMI Alaska, NAMI Juneau, and NAMI Fairbanks, we are expanding our online support group offerings. To learn more about our online support groups, please go to NAMI Alaska's online support groups page.

Online Family Support Groups currently meet:

  • The first Tuesday of every month from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

  • The third Wednesday of every month from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

  • The second and fourth Saturdays of every month from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

In-Person Family Support Groups

We currently are not offering any in-person Family Support Groups. We will post any updates on our programs on our mailing listwebsite, and Facebook page. 


What is Family-to-Family?

NAMI Family-to-Family is a class for families, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental health conditions, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. Family-to-Family not only provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to solve problems and communicate effectively

  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress

  • Supporting your loved one with compassion

  • Finding and using local supports and services

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

  • How to handle a crisis

  • Current treatments and therapies

  • The impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

Click here to sign up to be notified when the next course is scheduled!


What is Family & Friends?

NAMI Family & Friends is a 90-minute or four-hour 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:

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery

  • Effective communication strategies

  • The importance of self-care

  • Crisis preparation strategies

  • NAMI and community resources


Click here to sign up to be notified when the next seminar is scheduled!



What is NAMI Basics OnDemand?

NAMI Basics 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. The OnDemand program is guided by parents and family members with lived experience but is self-paced and available 24/7. OnDemand offers the flexibility of participating in the course on your schedule. By participating in NAMI Basics, you’ll realize that you are not alone. You’ll find support and shared understanding—compassion, reinforcement and empathy from people who truly get your situation. And don’t forget: Your experiences may also help others in the course. Together, you will all learn that recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

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 (self-harm, suicide attempts, etc.)

  • The importance of taking care of yourself 

  • Much, much more


Click here to register!


What is Mental Health First Aid?

Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives. Two versions of the training are available: mental health first aid for adults and mental health first aid for public safety.

Take a course. Save a life. Strengthen your community.

What you’ll learn:

  • Facts about mental health conditions

  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan (ALGEE)​​

  • How to apply the action plan in a variety of situations including:

    • Panic attacks​

    • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors

    • Non-suicidal self-injury

    • Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)

    • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use

    • Reaction to a traumatic event

Click here to sign up to be notified when the next course is scheduled!

Have questions? Send us an email, give us a call, or check out our frequently asked questions page!

Upcoming Familiy-to-Family Courses

NAMI Anchorage is ofering a virtual Family-to-Family course this January! You can register by clicking here


8 consecutive Wednesdays from January 12th - March 2nd, 6-8:30 PM


Online course over Zoom


What People Say About Family-to-Family
"The course gave me hope that it will be okay, that I am not alone and reduced a lot of shame, guilt and hopelessness."

"I wish I'd known about this seven years ago when the problem began. I felt safe in this class. I was able to talk about things I haven't been comfortable expressing elsewhere."

"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."