Classes and Programs

NAMI Farmington Valley currently offers Family-to-Family programs in the area as well as special speakers and events throughout the year.

Upcoming Events:

NAMI CT Public Policy Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 13, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Farmington Community Center


Come Dine and Support NAMI FV at Puerto Vallarta in Avon

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant Avon
15 W Avon Rd, Avon, Connecticut 06001



Saturday, May 16, 2020

Register, Recruit, and Fundraise here.




A nationally recognized FREE twelve-week program that provides education on the neurobiological basis of serious mental illnesses, information, resources and support for family members of individuals with serious mental illness based on the lived experiences of other family members. Program is delivered by trained volunteer family facilitators and is available throughout the state on a regular basis.

Family-to-Family (10 Class Series): Newington

Start Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Time: 6:00– 8:45 PM

Date: Begins, Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 8:45 p.m.
Location: Newington Senior Center, Multi-Purpose Rm. 120 Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111

Contact & Registration: Each Participant Must Fill out an Individual Registration Form
Register Online at or contact 860-882-0236

View the flyer for the event here!
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Educational Programs

NAMI Connecticut offers educational programs and services for family members, people living with mental illness, professionals,parents and caregivers with children or adolescents with any behavioral health disorder, and the community at large. For a complete list of NAMI CT Educational Programs across the state please visit their website. These programs include Family-to-Family, NAMI-Basics, and Community Mental Health Workers or Promotores de Salud Mental (Spanish Program).

Past Events

NAMI Book Discussion: “Insanity Plea”

Monday, February 10, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Prosser Public Library Community Room
Bloomfield, CT

Insanity Plea: On Race, Mental Health, and the Judicial System, by LaShawne Houston Sowell, 2019 is the story of a teenager’s journey dealing with the mental health and judicial system in America seen through a mother’s eyes. Join the author and members of NAMI to discuss the book. This program is free and open to all.

This discussion is cosponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Farmington Valley and Bloomfield Public Library. All readers are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the library one month prior to the discussion date. Registration is appreciated.

Please register
(860) 243-9721 ext. 3558


Anxiety Related Disorders: A NAMI Presentation

Monday, May 20, 2019
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Prosser Public Library, Bloomfield, CT

Anxiety Related Disorders
In this presentation, audience members will learn the basic principles and rationale of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), and how this approach is used to conceptualize and treat anxiety-related disorders. Audience members will be introduced to the broad framework of how one’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are related to each other in the development and maintenance of symptoms of anxiety. Audience members will understand how CBT works to break unhealthy thought-emotion-behavior cycles, through select hypothetical case examples. This presentation will end with a 15-min Q&A.

The Healthline & NAMI Stronger Scholarship Opportunity

We are partnering with Healthline to award four scholarships to students making an impact in the mental health space either through research, raising awareness, community building, or combating stigma.

The awarded scholarships will include:

  • Two scholarships ($5,000 each) awarded to undergraduate recipients making an impact on mental health
  • Two scholarships ($5,000 each)  awarded to graduate recipients making an impact on mental health

Any student that will be in college in the fall of 2019 is eligible to apply. Applications must by submitted by May 1st. Learn more about the scholarships and how to apply here.

NAMI Connecticut Walk

Saturday May 18, 2019
Check In 9:00 a.m.
Walk Start 10:00 a.m.
Bushnell Park, Hartford

Learn more and register your team today for the Walk on Saturday May 18th

Neuroscience 2019: Justice and Recovery

Saturday, April 27, 2019; 8:30 am-1:00 pm
Yale University School of Medicine
Harkness Auditorium
333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT

Yale faculty will speak about new approaches to brain recovery from addiction, promising new research on bipolar disorder, and new technologies to enhance therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety.

This event is free and open to the public!
>> Register online

Workshop: Planning for the Future of Your Loved One with Special Needs

Apr. 22 6:30 Simsbury Library, Prog. Rm. 2, 725 Hopmeadow St.

This workshop will cover:
• Special Needs Trusts
• New ABLE Act
• Protecting Government Benefit Eligibility
• Guardianship and Conservatorship
• Financial Security and Funding Options
• Letter of Intent

For more information please contact:
Janet Hawkins: or 860.573.4089
Please register for the following at:

Book Discussion: Another Kind of Madness

Monday, February 25, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Prosser Public Library
1 Tunxis Avenue, Bloomfield, Connecticut 06002

In Another Kind of Madness, author Stephen Hinshaw explores the burden of living in a family “loaded” with mental illness and debunks the “stigma” behind it, explaining that in today’s society, mental health problems can result in a loss of a driver’s license, inability to vote or run for office, ineligibility for jury service, or automatic relinquishment of child custody. With a moving personal narrative and shocking facts about how America views mental health conditions in the 21st century, Another Kind of Madness is a passionate call to arms regarding the importance of destigmatizing mental illness.

Family-to-Family (12 Class Series): Bloomfield

Start Date: Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
*** Classes are going to be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 6:30– 9:00 PM (both days)
Location: The First Congregational Church, 10 Wintonbury Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Contact & Registration: Each Participant Must Fill out an Individual Registration Form
Register Online at or contact Pat for assistance: 800-215-3021

A Conversation about Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT)

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Simsbury Public Library
725 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, Connecticut 06070

Learn more about Crisis Intervention Teams and Join us for a conversation with Crisis Intervention Trained (CIT) Police Officers Officer Lauren Devin – Simsbury Police Department & Officer Sue Bowman – Windsor Police Department

CIT programs create connections between law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency services and individuals with mental illness and their families. Through collaborative community partnerships and intensive training, CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis and ensures officer and community safety.

The lack of mental health crisis services across the U.S. has resulted in law enforcement officers serving as first responders to most crises. A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an innovative, community-based approach to improve the outcomes of these encounters.

Community partnerships are the key to a successful CIT program. Learn more about CIT and help to build a coalition of support by forming close partnerships with our local police agencies.

Diversion programs like CIT reduce arrests of people with mental illness while simultaneously increasing the likelihood that individuals will receive mental health services.

“Today, 1 in 5 people in jails and prisons in this country live with a mental illness. About 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have a mental health condition. This criminalization of mental illness is tragic and it’s wrong. Instead of getting people with mental illness the treatment and support they need, our society too often puts them in jails or prisons, which are the worst places for recovery.”
Mary Gilberti, J.D., NAMI National CEO

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NAMI Farmington Valley Member Appreciation BBQ Picnic

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1 PM – 3 PM
Northwest Park & Nature Center
145 Lang Rd., Windsor, Connecticut 06095

Join us, our membership, and volunteers to celebrate the work we do!
This event is free for all NAMI Farmington Valley members & volunteers

Please RSVP by September 20th

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A conference on cutting edge brain science and creativity

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Saturday June 2, 2018
8:00am – 12:00pm
Registration 8:00am – 8:30am

Keller Auditorium
UConn Health Center
263 Farmington Ave
Farmington, CT 06030

New Brain Research on Bipolar Disorder
Dr. Hilary Blumberg, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience, Yale School of Medicine

Understanding schizophrenia – advances in the field
Nevena Radonjic, M.D., Ph.D.
UConn Health

Evidence Based Pharmacotherapies for Schizophrenia
Glenn Konopaske, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UConn Health

The Use of Music as a Therapeutic Intervention for Psychological Health
Rana Singh, M.D.
Psychiatry Resident, UConn Health

The Use of Art as a Therapeutic Intervention for Psychological Health
Amy Guyette, M.A.
Clinical Mental Health Counselor , UConn Health

Service Recognition Award
Dr. Warren Thime Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Institute of Living

NAMI Farmington Valley Annual Meeting
12:00 to 1:00 PM with lunch