Helpful resources for family and friends

When you want to help someone who’s living with depression, knowing how to talk to them about it is a great place to start. But for many people, the conversation is ongoing — and being a good support person takes work. Fortunately, there are resources that can help.

Support, education, and community

NAMI Family-to-Family is a program for family, partners, and friends designed to foster a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills, and empower friends and family members to become effective advocates and allies.

NAMI Basics is a program for parents and families of children and teens who’ve been diagnosed with a mental health condition, or are experiencing symptoms. The course helps families learn strategies for effective communication, navigating school and health care challenges, and more.

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family, friends, and caregivers. Participants share common challenges, work on coping skills, learn about local resources, and more. Connecting with other people who are also supporting loved ones can help build strength, hope, and community.

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