Education Program

Free for family members, partners and significant others of individuals with:

Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression), Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Co-Occurring Brain and Addictive Disorders

A series of 12 classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being.

The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) family member volunteers who know what it’s like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders.  There is no cost to participate in the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program.  Over 300,000 people in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Italy have completed this course.  We think you will be pleased by how much assistance the program offers. Please feel free to email for more information:

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Education Class

This is a FREE 10 week recovery education course for adults with mental illness. It will be taught in a comfortable, casual, confidential environment by trained NAMI peer mentors.  Come learn about recovery and gain knowledge on: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Schizoaffective Disorder, Dual Diagnosis, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

This class offers a holistic approach to recovery through lecture, discussion, interactive exercises and stress management techniques.

Registration is required.
To register or for more information email Registration is required.

In Our Own Voice (IOOV)

This is an hour long presentation where we tell of personal struggles with mental illness and share our wellness journey.  We present our dark days, acceptance of our illness, some of the treatment we have received, coping skills to keep us balanced and end with our successes, hopes, and dreams.  A short video is included.  Discussion and questions are encouraged.  This is a free presentation.

If your organization is interested in sponsoring an IOOV presentation, contact: or

NAMI of Otsego County Annual Programs

Each April and October, NAMI-Otsego County sponsors an education program for the public on some topic related to mental health. These programs are always held in the evening on the SUNY Oneonta campus at the Morris Conference Center’s Craven Lounge.  Recent programs have included a showing of the film, “Fierce Goodbye: Living in the Shadow of Suicide” which also included a panel of local clergy, counselors, and survivors. This past April’s program, “David Byrd: Voices– A Multi-Media Performance,” explored the life and work of Sidney Center, NY artist, David Byrd. In addition to showing images of Byrd’s paintings based on his years as an aide in a psychiatric ward, the group performed and read pieces related to mental illness and issues with treatment in our community.  For more information about this program and more examples of past NAMI-Otsego public educational programs, please check this website’s Archives page.

NAMI on Campus
SUCO & Hartwick

We are happy to announce that Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta have completed the official requirements to have a NAMI on Campus. NAMI on Campus clubs are student-run, campus-based organizations that provide support, education, and advocacy related to mental illness in a university or college setting. Participants in NAMI campus clubs are members of NAMI who receive the full membership benefits of belonging to all levels of NAMI. Under the leadership of college students, NAMI on Campus clubs are designed to engage and educate campus communities about mental illness.