NAMI Big Island


     Kathy Hammes (808) 959-2426


NAMIWalks Big Island – TBA

NAMI Signature Family Support Groups are free, confidential, and safe groups for FAMILY MEMBERS WHO SUPPORT OR CARE FOR SOMEONE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. In NAMI Family Support Groups, families can join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom.  Family members can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health challenges.


  • You must be a caregiver or supporter (family or love one) to someone with a mental illness
  • You must be 18 years or older. No children allowed, thank you for your understanding
  • This class is for the caregiver, not the person with mental illness

We will meet online via Zoom to maintain safe social-distancing procedures until further notice.

Date:  Last Fridaysof the month  at 6 pm
Contact: Kathy Hammes (808) 959-2426

NAMI Family & Friends is a free 2-day seminar for people who have loved ones with a mental health condition. The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. You will learn about treatment, communication, crisis strategies, and where to find community resources.

September 18 (Part 1) & 25 (Part 2) 10 a.m. to 12 noon

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS. You must register by phone or email to attend this class.


For people who want to further their learning:

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition. It is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

Learn about:

  • How to solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Supporting your loved one with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • How to handle a crisis
  • Current treatments and therapies
  • The impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

October 16, 23, 30; November 6,13,20; and December 4 and 18 9 a.m. to 12 noon HST

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTSYou must register by phone or email to attend this class.

Register or find out more:

More classes are planned to be held throughout the year, please check our programs page for tentative dates, or contact us via email.