education programs

NAMI NH offers educational programs specifically designed for, parents and primary caregivers, family members with an adult loved one, individuals with a mental health condition and older adults. Learn more about these programs below.

NAMI Basics - National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI Basics

    • An interactive six-session course designed for any parent or primary caregiver of a youth (age 21 and younger) with a mental health condition. The child doesn’t need to have an official diagnosis.
    • Taught by trained teachers who are also parents or other family caregivers to a person who experienced symptoms of a mental health condition before the age of 13
    • NAMI Basics does not recommend or endorse any medications or other medical therapies
    • NAMI Basics is copyrighted
    • Develop a community of support
    • Provide practical, current information about mental health conditions
    • Provide tools to effectively advocate for the child within school and mental health systems
    • Develop problem-solving and communication skills
    • Give participants the information they need to be more effective caregivers
    • Help participants take care of their entire family — especially themselves

NAMI Basics trainings are typically held in the fall, winter, and spring. Want to be notified of future trainings? Sign up here. Do you have a question that is not answered here? Contact Deb Jurkoic to learn more.

NAMI Family-to-Family - National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI Family-to-Family is an evidence-based program that provides participants with a relaxed, trusting and safe environment where they can develop the insight, skills and emotional understanding they need to support the recovery of their loved one. This course is free and is open to family members and friends of adults with mental illness.

Family-to-Family teachers are volunteer, illness-experienced family members who have been trained and certified by NAMI NH to teach the course. The 8-session course is offered in the spring and fall in communities around the state. Materials are provided free to participants.

    • What you will gain: mental health diagnoses
    • medications
    • treatment options
    • how to access and advocate for mental health services
    • how to cope with symptoms, support their loved one in a crisis, promote recovery and manage the stressors that come with the caregiver role

Classes are held based on demand in a particular area. To indicate your interest in attending one of the classes listed above or if you don’t see a location close to you, please provide your contact information here. We will share your information with the teacher of the class nearest you and contact you to discuss the course – or put your name on our waiting list and notify you of upcoming Family-to-Family classes in your area.

For questions, please contact Martha Dorey.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer - National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery.

Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions and informative videos. However, as with all NAMI programs, it does not include recommendations for treatment approaches.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a safe, confidential space. The course provides an opportunity for mutual support and growth. Experience compassion and understanding from people who relate to your experiences. This is a place to learn more about recovery in an accepting environment.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer helps you:

    • Set a vision and goals for the future
    • Partner with health care providers
    • Develop confidence for making decisions
    • Practice relaxation and stress reduction tools
    • Share your story
    • Strengthen relationships
    • Enhance communication skills
    • Learn about mental health treatment options

Want to be notified of future trainings? Sign up here. For more information email

Side by Side What people caring for older adults need to know

Side by Side is a program promoting mental health for older adults, their families, and caregivers.
Providing care for an older adult can present many challenges. Caregivers – be they family, friends, or paid staff – face many complexities regarding physical and mental health. Caregivers can become more successful if they understand these issues and know what to do.

The relationship between physical and mental health impacts medical conditions and vice-versa. Side-by-Side addresses the variety of issues that can be challenging to older adults and their caregivers.

Side by Side for Independent Living provides practical and vital information for caregivers in a series of six two-hour workshops that are free to participants and offered in different communities throughout New Hampshire.

    • Meeting Caregiver Needs: Supports for the Support Person
    • Managing Medical Care
    • Understanding Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults
    • Where Did I Put My Keys?
    • Understanding Dementia
    • Coping with Changing and Challenging Behaviors
    • Legal Issues: Who Makes the Decisions and When? 

To schedule or attend a workshop, email Bernie Seifert or call 603-225-5359.

Upcoming Classes

  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer
    • NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an 8-session recovery-focused course for adults with mental health conditions.

      • Free and confidential.
      • Held weekly for 2 hours.
      • Led by peers with mental health conditions.
      • A great resource for information on mental health and recovery.
      • Offers respect, understanding, engagement, and hope.
      • Builds on the strength and resilience of participants.

      Contact Karen Privé for more information or click here to register.

  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer
  • NAMI Basics
    • NAMI Basics will be offered online for 6 weeks: September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, and 12.  We will have a Meet & Greet on September 5 to provide an overview

      Spring 2024 class is offered online. Please register here. For more information, contact Deb Jurkoic at or 603-568-3583

      What is the NAMI Basics Education Program?
      NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. The program is taught by NAMI Basics Education Program Leaders who are also the parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties prior to age 13.

  • NAMI Basics
  • NAMI Family-to-Family Class
    • NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 9-session education program for family, friends, loved ones, and significant others of adults with mental health conditions. NAMI Family-to-Family provides information about anxiety, depressive disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions. Other topics covered include communication, problem solving, treatment, and recovery.

      The course is designed to increase understanding and advocacy skills while helping participants maintain their own well-being. The program is taught by trained family members who have a loved one with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is an evidence-based program (EB). For information on the research base for the program, visit

      NAMI NH offers the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program free of charge to participants.
      Tuesday evening classes begin September 10, 2024, from 6:00pm to 8:30, and will be in person in Ossipee, NH.

      Registration is required, please contact:
      Wendy Wickman at 603-491-0123

  • NAMI Family-to-Family Class