For Loved Ones

In Programs by NAMI Wood County

To support those with loved ones living with a mental health conditions, we offer a variety of programs to help educate and support these individuals as well as encourage self-help and self-advocacy.
If you are interested in attending one of our ongoing support groups, click the "learn more" button in the section.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people 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.

This course follows a curriculum and meets once per week for 8 weeks. NAMI Family-to-Family is offered two times per calendar year.

What To Expect:

  • 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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Ongoing Support Group


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NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Groups generally meet monthly.

This group is postponed at this time.

What To Expect:

  • Meets monthly for 90-minute sessions, free of charge.
  • Designed for loved ones (18 and over) of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Facilitated by a trained team of family members of individuals living with mental illness
  • Confidential – share as much or as little personal information as you want
  • Do not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies for your family member
  • Guided by the Principles of Support


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Monthly Social Gathering and Skill Building


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Nite Out with NAMI includes peer gatherings 6 times a year for 2 hours, free of charge. During the summer, there is a day outing. This is a casual experience with peers and other members from NAMI Wood County.

While this is not a support group or class, Nite Out with NAMI provides a fun opportunity for individuals in the county to socialize and enjoy each other's company.

What To Expect:

  • The opportunity to form relationships with others working through similar issues
  • Enjoying a relaxed atmosphere
  • Time to talk with the NAMI staff in an informal setting