Our Programs

NAMI offers the following free educational programs. Contact the Syracuse office if you have any questions: 315-487-2085, email namisyracuse@namisyracuse.org.

NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics On Demand is a free online class for parents, guardians and other family caregivers who provide care for youth (age 22 or younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. The program is self-paced and available 24/7, and is guided by parents and family members with lived experiences. This program is free to participants, 99% of whom say they would recommend the program to others.

NAMI Basics covers:

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

Course Registration: Please click here to register for this online class

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. The course is designed specifically to help these families understand those challenges and improve their ability to support their service member or veteran.

NAMI Homefront is offered in two formats: in person, and online.

In person classes:

Facilitator/registration: Contact Ann Canastra 315-412-3029 to register

Location: virtual (Zoom)

Dates: 2021  Please contact Ann Canastra

Contact Ann Canastra ann.canastra@va.gov


NAMI Homefront Online is offered in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes.

Online Course registration: please click here for a description of course content, and to sign up for this program.

NAMI Family to Family

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family members, significant others, and friends of people living 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. This program 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. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

2021 Class Schedule

Summer 2021 –  2 hour mini basics class starting in June or July

Fall 2021 – 8 sessions class starts in September

Click here to register for an upcoming course.

The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. Sharing your own experience may help others in your class. In the program, you’ll learn about:

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

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