Join Our Supportive Community at NAMI Westside Los Angeles

At NAMI Westside Los Angeles, we understand the complexities of navigating mental health challenges. You are not alone in this journey. We offer a range of educational classes designed to empower individuals facing mental health conditions and their families. Our classes provide essential knowledge, strategies, and support, helping to demystify mental health issues and enhance coping skills. Like our support groups, these classes are free and open to all, with no registration required. They serve as a welcoming, non-judgmental environment where participants can learn, share, and grow together, fostering a community of understanding and mutual support.

Joining the educational classes at NAMI Westside Los Angeles offers numerous benefits that can profoundly impact your mental health journey and overall well-being. These classes are designed not only to educate but also to empower participants by providing them with the tools and knowledge needed to navigate mental health challenges effectively.

Here’s why you should consider joining:

  • Increased Understanding: Gain a deeper insight into various mental health conditions, learning about symptoms, treatment options, and coping strategies. This knowledge is empowering for both individuals experiencing mental health issues and their loved ones.
  • Community Support: You’ll find a community of peers who understand what you’re going through. This connection can reduce feelings of isolation and provide a network of support that fosters healing and resilience.
  • Skill Development: The classes teach practical skills for managing symptoms, improving communication with family and health professionals, and advocating for oneself in healthcare settings.
  • Confidence Building: As you learn more about mental health and how to handle its challenges, you’ll likely feel more confident and in control of your life and decisions.

Family to Family Classes

Discover NAMI Family-to-Family, a free, educational program offered by NAMI Westside Los Angeles, designed for families, partners, and friends of individuals with mental illness. Led by trained family members who understand your challenges, this course covers essential topics like understanding diagnoses, improving communication, and developing coping skills. It’s not just about gaining knowledge; it’s about building a supportive community with others who share similar experiences, providing both strength and understanding.

The NAMI Peer-to-Peer class is a free class for those living with mental health conditions. The 16-hour, 8-week class is taught in a progressive manner by a team of trained mentors who have personal experience living well with their mental health conditions. This class is for adults (18+) with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery. Each class will examine another aspect of living with a mental health condition and lead into the next lesson in a logical fashion.

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. It is designed to help family members understand and support their service member/veteran while maintaining their own well-being.

NAMI’s Basics Class is the free, signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental health conditions. The class is offered in person or online.

Six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours, may be offered weekly for six consecutive weeks, or may be offered twice per week for three weeks to accommodate the hectic schedules of parents. The class is taught by NAMI-trained parents or caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness before the age of 13 years.