NAMI Family & Friends is a free 90-minute seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

Learn more about NAMI Family & Friends online and in-person presentations in Tennessee via the following video recording of our Facebook Live on August 16, 2021 with Brenda Herschberger (NAMI Education Program Leader) and Kyle Sebastian (Community Engagement Manager).

To check if a NAMI Family & Friends presentation has already been scheduled as one of our virtual statewide workshops, or an in-person seminar in your local area in Tennessee, please click here.

What You’ll Learn

The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics.

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery
  • Effective communication strategies
  • The importance of self-care
  • Crisis preparation strategies
  • NAMI and community resources

What People Are Saying

“Hearing personal experiences and how relatable my experiences are to them was very helpful. Hearing specific strategies to communicate and specific traits that people with mental illness have. Know that the illness is what can cause “cruelty” and poor decisions rather than the person.”

“I have a better understanding of how mental illness impacts the person affected…it was nice to hear the stories of the instructors and their paths. The handbook (eBook) given has a lot of helpful information which I did not know about.”

Find an Upcoming NAMI Family and Friends Presentation

Have questions or want to request a presentation? Contact Kyle Sebastian at for details.

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