@Hereandhere --- I can honestly say that NAMI has not really helped us that much. My husband and I went to Family to Family classes shortly after our son was diagnosed, about 7 yrs ago, We were so new to the schizophrenia world, we were grasping at anything that could provide any help at all.
We did find comfort in the camaraderie, to know there were others like us. Looking back though, the classes were too rushed. Too much material was crammed into our classes. Since other mental illnesses besides schizophrenia were being covered, a lot of the curriculum did not apply to us.
The thing that bothered me the most was that the classes were so rushed, there was never any time allowed for plain ole' discussions between families, sharing our experiences. The facilitator would share things about her mentally ill daughter from time to time, but that was about it.
Although I do appreciate their efforts, I can't say that when I've called them, I've ever been given really useful solutions to the impending crisis situations that have come up with my son.
Once I discovered it, Schizophrenia.com has been my trusted go-to, an invaluable source for advice and camaraderie. I've gleaned so much information from it for which I'm very thankful.