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About NAMI's Education, Training, & Peer Support Programs

NAMI offers an array of peer education and training programs and services for consumers, family members, providers, and the general public. NAMI's education and support programs provide relevant information, valuable insight, and the opportunity to engage in support networks.

These programs draw on the lived experience of mental health consumers and family members who have learned to live well with their illnesses and have been extensively trained to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators.

Whether you are a consumer, a family member, a provider, or a member of the general public, there is a NAMI education or support program to help you learn more about mental illnesses, develop coping strategies, or find the support you need.

For Consumers

  • NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
    a 90-minute weekly support group run by persons who live with mental illness for other persons with any diagnosis who also live with mental illness. 
  • Peer-to-Peer
    a free course for consumers containing individual relapse prevention planning, a debriefing/storytelling week, and an advance directive for psychiatric care.
  • In Our Own Voice
    a one-and-a-half hour interactive, multimedia presentation by consumers that offers hope and provides insight into the recovery now possible for people with mental illness.
  • Hearts & Minds
    a multimedia program about healthy, accessible, and affordable lifestyle changes designed to reduce cardiac risk among people with mental illness.

For Families & Caregivers

  • Family-to-Family
    a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses that discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.
  • NAMI Basics
    a  new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.
  • Hearts & Minds
    a multimedia program about healthy, accessible, and affordable lifestyle changes designed to reduce cardiac risk among people with mental illness.

For the General Public

  • In Our Own Voice
    a one-and-a-half hour interactive, multimedia presentation by consumers that offers hope and provides insight into the recovery now possible for people with mental illness.

For Providers and Professionals

  • Provider Education
    an education program for mental health service providers co-taught by consumers, professionals, and family members.
     
  • Parents and Teachers As Allies 
    This two-hour in-service program helps school professionals identify the early warning signs of early-onset mental illnesses in children and adolescents in schools.  It focuses on the specific, age-related symptoms of mental illnesses in youth, how best to intervene, and shared the lived experiences of consumers and families.


NAMI also offers other training programs such as NAMI Support Group.

State and local NAMIs also offer a host of other programs.  To find out more about the programs offered in your area, visit NAMI's State and Affiliate Finder to contact the affiliate nearest you.


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