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National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Resources

  • NAMI Basics is a free, educational program for parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. The course is presented in six different classes, provides learning and practical insights for families and is taught by trained parents and caregivers who have lived similar experiences with their own children.
  • NAMI Connection is a recovery support group for adults living with mental illness regardless of their diagnosis. Every group is offered free of charge and meets weekly for 90 minutes. NAMI Connection offers a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness. The groups are led by trained individuals who are in recovery-people who understand the challenges others living with mental illness face.
  • NAMI FaithNet is a network created for members and friends of NAMI in the faith community. It is not a religious group but rather an outreach to all religious organizations.
  • NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness. An evidence based practice taught by trained NAMI family members who have relatives living with mental illness, the course provides caregivers with communication and problem-solving techniques, coping mechanisms and the self-care skills needed to deal with their loved ones and the impact on the family. Also available in Spanish.
  • NAMI Hearts & Minds is an online, interactive wellness educational initiative intended to promote quality of life and recovery for individuals who live with mental illness. Focuses include exercise, nutrition and smoking cessation.
  • The NAMI HelpLine receives more than 8,000 requests each month from individuals needing support, referral and information. More than 60 fact sheets on a variety of topics are available along with referrals to NAMI's network of local affiliates in communities across the country ­­– 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264)
  • NAMI's Facebook page is an active online hub for anyone who wants to join in the discussion on mental health issues.
  • NAMI online discussion groups offer a place to learn from others, share your opinions and ask questions around mental illness. is an active online hub for anyone who wants to join in the discussion on mental health issues.
  • StrengthofUs.org is an online social community for teens and young adults living with mental illness. The site offers a place where they can connect while learning about services, supports and handling the unique challenges and opportunities of transition age years.
  • NAMI In Our Own Voice is a public education presentation. It enriches the audiences' understanding of how the more than 58 million Americans contending with mental illness cope while also reclaiming rich and meaningful lives. Presented by two trained speakers who themselves live with mental illness, the presentation includes a brief video and personal testimonials, last 60-90 minutes and is offered free of charge.
  • NAMI On Campus are student run clubs on universities across the country that provide mental health support, education and advocacy.
  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-week education course on the topic of recovery for any person living with a serious mental illness. Led by mentors who themselves have achieved recovery, the course provides participants comprehensive information and teaches strategies for personal and interpersonal awareness, coping skills and self-care.
  • WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) is a program developed by Mary Ellen Copeland to help shift the focus of mental health care from 'symptom control' to prevention and recovery. WRAP is an individualized system for monitoring and responding to symptoms to achieve the highest possible levels of wellness.


U.S. Clinics for Youth at Risk for Psychosis


Books

The following books are a good place to start learning about Psychosis. Order them online at the links below and your purchase will benefit NAMI.

I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help: How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment (2010) by Xavier Amador

Promoting recovery from first episode psychosis: A guide for families (2010) by Sabrina Baker and Lisa Martens

A Guide to Special Education Advocacy: What Parents, Clinicians and Advocates Need to Know (2009) by Matthew Cohen

The First Episode of Psychosis A Guide for Patients and Their Families (2009) by Michael T. Compton and Beth Broussard

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder (2004) by Julie A. Fast and John D. Preston

First Episode Psychosis: An Information Guide (2007) by Donna Czuchta and Kathryn Ryan

Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers, 5th ed. (2006) by E. Fuller Torrey

Thanks

NAMI extends a special thank you to the Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) program of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Harvard Medical School who have been instrumental in supporting this initiative.

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