Programs and Services
NAMI offers an array of education and training programs and services for consumers, family members, providers and the general public. These programs draw on the experience of mental health consumers and family members who have learned to live well with their illnesses and are eager to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators.
Some of NAMI's programs and services include:
Information and Referral- NAMI AL offers information on a variety of topics related to mental illness, including disease specific information, treatment options, family support, housing, employment and prescription drug assistance. NAMI AL also provides referrals to families and individuals with mental illness who are in need of psychiatric or counseling services.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Program-The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses). The course is taught by trained family members. All instruction and course materials are free for class participants. Classes are limited to 20 persons. The Family to Family curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. To participate in a NAMI Family to Family program, please contact your local NAMI Affiliate.
NAMI Support Groups-The NAMI Support Group model offers a set of key structures and group processes for facilitators to use in common support group scenarios. Support groups are offered through NAMI Alabama affiliates across the state.
The NAMI Provider Education Program-Education program for mental health service providers co-taught by consumers, professionals and family members.
The NAMI Breaking the Silence Program-An elementary, middle, and high school curriculum that teaches students to fight the stigma of mental illness, recognize the warning signs, and understand that mental illnesses are treatable brain disorders.
Community Education and Outreach- NAMI AL provides speakers to groups who are interesting in learning about mental illness from a family or consumer perspective.
Educational Conferences- NAMI AL hosts educational conferences throughout the year that focus on mental health topics. Conferences are open to the public and are usually specifically developed for family members, consumers, mental health professionals, police officers, sheriffs, probate court judges, faith-based leaders and community advocates.
Public Education Campaigns- NAMI AL develops and provides anti-stigma messages to various media outlets in order to increase awareness about mental illness and decrease the stigma attached to mental illness.
For additional information on any of the above programs or services, please contact NAMI Alabama at 334-396-4797 or 1-800-626-4199.