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.

**Our Family Support Group is postponed.**

Click here to sign up for one of our peer-led classes.


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 ongoing group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month for 90 minutes.

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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Ongoing Support Group


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NAMI Peer and Family Group is an ongoing a support group led and comprised of peer and family members affected by mental illness.

This group meets 2 times per month for 90 minutes.

What To Expect:

  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Understand that mental health condition are no one’s fault and can be traumatic experiences


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Ongoing Support Group


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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