One of the unintended positive consequences of deinstitutionalization and managed care restrictions has been an increased awareness of the impact of serious mental illness on the family. The Support and Family Education (SAFE) Program: Mental Health Facts for Families is a 14-session curriculum of monthly workshops for caregivers. In contrast to similar programs, the SAFE Program is facilitated by mental health professionals, is not diagnostic specific, and includes attention to posttraumatic stress disorder. Three years of outcome data reveal that program attendance is related to increased understanding of mental illness and enhanced awareness of Veterans Affairs resources. Workshop attendance is positively correlated with improvements in participants' self-care. The entire SAFE Program manual is available free of charge on the Internet (http://w3.ouhsc.edu/safeprogram).