Class will meet Saturday March 23, 30, April 6,13, 20, 27, May 11 and 18 (note: not May 4).
Registration required, call 223-1485, x266.


A free 8 week course on mental health and recovery taught by trained Mentors experienced at living well with mental illness. Each week builds upon the last, offering a variety of tools with which to better understand and manage life.

What You Should Expect

  • Eight two and a half hour sessions, free of charge.
  • Completely redesigned in 2018
  • Designed for individuals (18 and over) living with mental illness.
  • Taught by a trained team of individuals living in recovery from mental illness.
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and exercises.

Why You Should Attend

Participation in the course gives you an opportunity to gain tangible resources – personalized plans, strategies for potential events in the future and information – as well as a deeper understanding of your personal recovery process.
  • Up-to-date research on brain biology.
  • Mental illness symptoms and their relationship to personal experiences.
  • Personalized relapse prevention plan.
  • Tools to prepare for interactions with health care providers.
  • Skills for making decisions and reducing stress.
  • Wisdom from shared experiences.

This peer-led course provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance. No specific medication or medical therapy is endorsed or recommended. Our Core Philosophy informs the course’s approach.

Core Philosophy

  • We have more in common than not.
  • We are all experts on our own experience.
  • We respect individual experiences and individual choices.
  • We are free to choose our own path.
  • There is no one true way to do or be anything.


Class will meet on six consecutive Saturdays, beginning March 23.   Registration required,
call 223-1485, x266.


A free 6 or 12 week course for familes and caregivers of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses).

What You Should Expect

  • Meets for 6 sessions, 5 hours each, free of charge.
  • Designed for loved ones (over age 18) of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Taught by trained family members of individuals living with mental illness.
  • Provides critical information and strategies related to caregiving.
  • Incorporates presentations, discussion and exercises.
  • Designated an Evidence Based Practice in 2013 by SAMHSA.

Why You Should Attend

Perhaps most importantly, as a participant you can gain comfort in knowing you are not alone. Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all families and individuals dealing with a mental illness. The in-person group experience of NAMI Family-to-Family provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.

  • Up-to-date information about a range of mental illnesses, including co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
  • Impact of mental illness on the brain.
  • Current research on treatments including medication, side effects and evidence-based therapies.
  • Training in preparedness and emotional resiliency
  • Skills related to managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively.
  • Strategies for self-care including management of stress and emotional overload.
  • Guidance on locating appropriate local supports and services.
  • A community


Free 90-minute groups offered monthly in evenings following monthly education/advocacy meetings for all family members, caregivers and friends of people with mental illness. Led by trained facilitators, we provide support, ideas, resources, and information about caring for someone with a mental illness.

Led by trained members who are also in recovery from mental illness, this free group meets weekly and is open to anyone with a mental illness. We provide a casual, flexible and supportive setting to work on daily challenges in regaining wellness.


Programs of NAMI Amador are supported in part by a California Mental Health Services Act contract with the Amador County Behavioral Health Department.
NAMI Amador is a legal entity separate and distinct from NAMI, Inc.

Amador County Sheriff - 911

Amador County Behavioral Health Dept.
8am-5pm - 209-223-6412
24-hours Emergency Number

National Suicide Prevention Hotline


Mailing Address

NAMI Amador
PO Box 482
Jackson, CA 95642

209-223-1485, x266


NAMI Amador is a California
Non-profit Corporation, and
Federal tax-exempt public
ID # 87-0708427