Educational Programs


Family to Family

This is one of NAMI’s oldest and most helpful courses for the caregivers, friends, and family members of those living with a brain disorder/mental illness.  This free twelve session course is available twice each year, usually beginning in February and September.  Among the topics covered are:  diagnoses, recovery, symptoms of mental illness, medications, communication with doctors and relatives, problem-solving, and advocacy.  Those who have attended these classes have claimed the lessons to be life-changing, eye-opening and extremely helpful.  This course is taught by trained caregivers.

In Our Own Voice

This program directly addresses the stigma associated with having a mental illness.  Two trained In Our Own Voice speakers share the compelling and personal testimonies of living with and overcoming the challenges posed by mental illness.  Audience participation and discussion is encouraged, and a brief video with a variety of stories accompanies the presentation.

Parents & Teachers as Allies

This program is a presentation to school teachers and personnel in a two-hour in-service education program format.  It helps school staff members to better understand the early warning signs of mental health treatment needs in students and how best to intervene.

NAMI Basics

This program is a free six-session, peer directed education program developed specifically for parents and other family caregivers of children and/or adolescents who have either been diagnosed with an emotional disturbance or who are experiencing emotional and behavioral symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed.  The course is taught by trained teachers who are the parents or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of thirteen.  The course includes current information about Attention Deficit Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Childhood Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse Disorder.