NAMI Programs

Family to Family

(The current class is on hold until further notice. Participants will be notified when classes resume.) 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.  We anticipate the next group will start in the Fall of 2020.  Please fill out our form for updates.

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.

Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of mental illness.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations include a lead presenter who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery.  Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often misunderstood topic.  Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.

There are presentations for students, school staff and their families and each lasts about one hour.

If you are a young adult between the ages of 17-35 and want to share your mental health journey, please email mariabeth.smith@namisc.org.

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.  It 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.

Our in-person course starts soon in North Charleston. Contact Malinda Terry @ 843-814-2044 or Elane Gilmore @ 978-490-4611 to pre-register.

NAMI Basics On Demand is now available and can be accessed at:  https://basics.nami.org

NAMI FaithNet

NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness. To learn more, contact tina.arnoldi@namicharlestonarea.org.

NAMI Provider

This a 15 hour training that meets once a week for 5 weeks. It is designed to provide a view of consumer and family experiences with serious mental illness to staff at public agencies.

Although the CEUs are officially approved only for SCDMH employees,  mental health professionals that have taken the course in the past said the hours were also approved by their licensing boards.

Contact Toni Smallwood at 843-284-3091 or info@namicharlestonarea.org.