Registration for our Spring 2022 Family-to-Family course is now open. Sign up below.


Winter 2022 Class dates/times:

Saturdays, January 15th to March 5th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Wednesdays, January 19th to March 9th from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. 


Spring 2022 Class dates/times:

Start: April 19th. Exact dates and times are to be confirmed. Updates will be posted here.


Fall 2022 Class dates/times:

Start: mid September. Exact dates and times are to be confirmed. Updates will be posted here.

Spring ’22 Family-to-Family Course Poster

What is Family-to-Family?
Our Family-to-Family course is a free, eight-week educational program for families, significant others, and friends of a loved one with a serious mental illness across B.C. Developed under the aegis of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in the United States and licensed and adapted for use in British Columbia, it is a designated evidence-based program. This means that research shows that those closest to a person with a mental illness have been found to significantly increase their problem-solving and communication skills by attending this course.

Family-to-Family is taught using a team approach by two trained Family Peer Volunteers, who have lived/living experience of caring for a friend, sibling, partner, or child with a serious mental illness. The course covers topics such as: the nature, causes, and treatments of many different mental illnesses; problem-solving, communication, and coping skills; and navigating the mental health system in B.C. As such, besides being educational, the Family-to-Family is also a course in empowerment. It transforms those who take it, giving them the new tools, knowledge, strength, and confidence to better care for not only their loved one with mental illness but themselves too.

Throughout the course, there will also be regular opportunities to share your experience and knowledge with others and create lasting connections with a community that has similar experiences to you.

Family-to-Family is one of Pathways’ most sought-after programs and runs twice a year. Due to COVID-19, we are currently offering the course online.

What topics does the course cover?
– Different aspects of mental illness, including up-to-date information on the nature, cause of mental illnesses, and how they affect the brain
– Current information on treatment options is available
– Ways to handle a crisis
– Getting, understanding, and reevaluating diagnoses
– Advocating for care
– The impact of mental illness on the entire family
– How to navigate the mental health system in B.C.
– Effective communication and problem-solving skills
– Compassion-centered approaches for supporting a loved one with a mental health condition
– Self-care strategies
– Stress management tips and advice

Who can attend?
This course is strictly for families, significant others, and friends of a loved one with a serious mental illness, including anxiety disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, borderline personality disorder, concurrent disorders, and schizophrenia.

Course details
– 8 sessions
– 2.5 hrs long
– delivered once a week
– peer-led
– fixed cohort

Session format
Participants work through worksheets and activities as a group with regular points in each session dedicated to sharing experiences and knowledge.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all sessions take place online over Zoom.

Participants will be expected to enable their camera in order to create a safe and trusting environment where experiences of caring for a person with a mental illness can be shared freely with others in a similar position.

Contact us
If you have any questions before registering, please get in touch:

604-926-0856
programs@pathwayssmi.org