GOSHEN — NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Classes provide critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, you'll find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact. In the program, you'll learn about:

•How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively

•Taking care of yourself and managing your stress

•Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion

•Finding and using local supports and services

•Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain

•Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects

•The impact of mental illness on the entire family

Pre-registration is required by Aug. 27. Classes start Sept. 4 from 6:30-9 pm at the First Presbyterian Church at 33 Park Place in Goshen. To register call NAMI Orange at 956-6264 or Dhanu at 294-2749. Class size is limited.

Visit for more details go to namiorangeny.org.