NAMI Classes and Educational Programs offered in Boulder County

These free classes offer information on brain disorders (mental illnesses), how to cope, and how to advocate. NAMI Boulder County offers these classes several times a year. We keep an ongoing list for these classes, so if you are interested in taking one of them, please contact us at 303-443-4591 or email our Programs Director, Cheryl Witmer at witmercheryl@gmail.com.

Family-to-Family Class
This is a free 12-week program for family members, friends or caregivers who have a loved one with a brain disorder.
(Click here to view the flier for our class starting in January.)

The course includes:

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Information on the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness - to help you gain empathy
  • Special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community

Read a letter from a Family-to-Family participant: One woman's experience with Family-to-Family

NAMI Basics
NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.

The course covers:

  • Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
  • Advocating for your child's rights at school and in health care settings
  • Learning about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family

For more information CLICK HERE

In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness
In Our Own Voice is an educational outreach program where trained public speakers share their personal testimonies of living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

This powerful presentation includes:

  • A video
  • Active audience participation

For more information CLICK HERE

Caminantes De Colorado
NAMI Colorado continues to update its mission to support, educate and protect the rights of all our families who have been affected by having a loved one diagnosed with a disease/mental disorder. It also presents the most common physical illnesses of Latinos/as. Caminantes is taught in Spanish and classes continue for two hours for 5 weeks. The classes are FREE and are available now in Longmont. For information on times and locations of classes call: Erika Ibarra Morales - Phone: 303-746-9251 Email: eibarra__89@yahoo.com

For more information CLICK HERE

Peer-to-Peer Class
NOTE: This class is currently under review by NAMI national and will not be offered in Boulder/Broomfield until the review is completed.
This is a free 10-week program for that provides a holistic approach to recovery for people living with a serious mental illness. Offered in a confidential setting, Peer to Peer is taught by two trained peer mentors who are successfully managing their own mental health. The course uses a combination of lecture, discussion, interactive exercises and stress management techniques. Each session lasts for two hours.

During the course you will:

  • Share experiences with peers who are working toward recovery
  • Gain further insight into mental health
  • Gain knowledge of how to cope with difficult circumstances
  • Learn to identify feelings, thoughts, behaviors and events that can result in a possible relapse
  • Learn how to strengthen interpersonal relationships
  • Find new inspiration and hope


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