Family Programs


NAMI Family-to-Family       
12-Session Education Program 
Begins January 19, 2019

Family-to-Family is a FREE, 12-session course for family & friends of individuals living with a mental illness or emotional disorder.

Family members of people living with a mental illness often experience considerable worry, stress and the need for information and support as they try to assist their ill relative and adjust to the changes that mental illness brings to the family system.

The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being.

The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

NAMI San Joaquin County, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer NAMI Family-to- Family Education Program beginning on January 19, 2019.

Registration Required
To register contact:

  • Mary Ellen Cranston-Bennett at
  • Irene Sherman at 209.329.4369 or by email at
San Joaquin County Behavioral Health
1212 N. California Street, Stockton, CA 95202
Conference Room A

Dates & Times:
January 19, 2019 through February 23, 2019
It will be held on 6 consecutive Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:30pm each week. 


Other Family Education Resources: 

De Familia a Familia
Programa de Educación, 12 Semanas

De Familia a Familia puede ayudarle a encontrar respuestas a estas y a otras preguntas. De Familia a Familia es un programa de educación para familiares y amigos de personas que tienen enfermedades mentales severas. Este programa se concentra especialmente en la esquizofrenia, el trastorno bipolar (maníaco depresión), la depresión severa, trastorno obsesivo compulsivo y el pánico.

NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with mental health, emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties and the critical role families play in the treatment process. Trained volunteer teachers who are also the parents of individuals who experienced symptoms as children teach the program. Your child does not need a specific diagnosis for you to attend.

Family Support Group Meeting Schedule

Family Support Group is a resource for families who have a loved one living with severe and persistent mental illness.

This group meets on a monthly (Spanish and English), drop-in basis to provide mutual support by trained facilitators who are family members themselves. There is no need to register for this free group.

Fourth Thursday each month
6:00 p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Calvary Lodi Church
2301 W. Lodi Avenue, Lodi CA - Map

Contact: Irene Sherman at:
or call the NAMI SJC office at 209-468-3755


Returning Soon!!!
Doctors Hospital of Manteca 
Main Board Room

1205 E. North Street, Manteca, CA 95336 - Map

New!  Now includes Connections Support Group

Contact: The NAMI SJC office 468-3755


First Thursday each month:
5:30p.m. - 7:00p.m. 

  • Family Support Group 5:30pm (Conf Room A)
  • Connection Support Group 5:30 (Conf Room B)
Contact: Mary Ellen Cranston-Bennett

General Meeting: 7:00pm

Both meetings are held at:
San Joaquin County Behavioral Health
1212 N. California Street, Stockton, CA 95202 - Map
Conference Room A


(En Español)

Grupo de Apoyo Familiar
Last Friday each month:
5:30p.m. - 7:00pm
San Joaquin County Behavioral Health
1212 N. California Street, Stockton, CA 95202 - Map
Conference Room A.

Contact: Jessica Alvarez (209) 513 - 2373
               Or Karen Valles (408) 829 - 1565


Second Tuesday each month:
6:00p.m. - 7:30pm. 
Healthy Connections Resource Center
35 E. 10th St. Suite B, Tracy, CA 95376 - Map

Contact: NAMI Office at ‭(209) 468-3755

Interested in Family Support Group Facilitator Training OR Family-To-Family Education Training?
Contact: Edna Ealey at