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At NAMI Anchorage, Peers Help Peers

Individuals with mental illness (consumers) and their families and friends share the lived experience of mental illness. 

We are peers because we understand each others' circumstances like no one else can.  As peers, we operate the NAMI Anchorage affiliate

and freely share our experience, strength and hope with others.

 

NAMI Anchorage :

OFFICE HOURS--  The NAMI Building is located at 144 West 15th Avenue, between "C" and Cordova Streets, Anchorage, Alaska 99501. 

The office is open Monday through Thursday, 10 AM - 3 PM;  and after hours by appointment. 

The office phone number is (907) 272-0227.  The fax number is (907) 277-1400.

 

PEER SUPPORT GROUPS At our peer-facilitated support group meetings, we share our experience, strength and hope with each other. 

We discuss psychiatric diagnoses, medications, therapies, coping skills and more.  We help find answers to questions and encourage each other. 

We embrace humor as healthy and remind each other to never give up  hope!  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Connection Consumer Support Meeting (for adults who experience a mental illness):  

Every Tuesday from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

At the NAMI Building.

Families & Friends Meetings:  

Second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 

Located at Central Luthran Church at 1420 Cordova (intersection of "C" and Cordova Streets). 

 

PEER EDUCATION --  

Family-To-Family -- This 12-week course is for the family and friends of individuals with serious mental illness. 
 
Many families describe the impact of taking this course as life changing.  The course is taught by trained family members. 
 
The course covers: information about each of the mental illnesses; current research relating to the biology of brain disorders;
 
evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery; up-to-date information about medications and side effects;
 
coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse, problem solving, listening and communication techniques; and self-care for the caregiver.
 
Located at Central Luthran Church at 1420 Cordova (intersection of "C" and Cordova Streets). 
 
 
 
We have a small lending library of medical and non-fiction literature about mental illness and people who have recovered. 

We learn from each other's experiences and readily share what we have learned from our own professional caregivers or our own research. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

PEER ADVOCACY -- We provide advocacy on two levels. 

Personal Advocacy:  We teach consumers and family members how to advocate for themselves in navigating the mental health and other services system.

Community Advocacy: We make regular presentations to mental health providers, other agency staffs,

and other community groups about mental illness, treatment and recovery. To request a presentation, contact the office at 272-0227.

 

Anchorage Police Department CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM (CIT) -- 

NAMI Anchorage has a special relationship with the Anchorage Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). 

We participate in the training of law enforcement personnel in mental illness and in methods of 

law enforcement techniques that better serve people with mental illness.  CIT recognizes that

mental illness requires a specialized response to people who have special needs and who deserve specialized care. 

For help by a CIT officer, call 786-8900 then selecting "0" for a CIT dispatcher. The dispatcher will assess your situation

and send CIT officers whenever possible for wellness checks or to help resolve difficult situations.

 

COMMUNITY ROOM DROP-IN HOURS -- at the the NAMI Building during office hours.

You can visit one-on-one with a peer support person. You can use the library, which has a computer with internet access.

You can meet with other NAMI members for coffee.

You can do volunteer work on an as-needed basis. Call the office at 272-0227 to check on

volunteer opportunities and to make appointments for individual peer support.

 

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