NAMI SIGNATURE PROGRAMS AND COURSES
Across the country, thousands of trained NAMI volunteers bring peer-led education courses and outreach programs to a wide variety of community settings, from churches to schools to NAMI Affiliates. With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these courses/programs provide outstanding free education, skills training, and support.
NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY: NAMI Family-to-Family is a class for families, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. This program was designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA.
NAMI PEER-TO-PEER: NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery education course open to anyone experiencing a mental health challenge. The course is designed to encourage growth, healing and recovery among participants. This in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow. This is a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance.
NAMI BASICS: NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing these behavioral difficulties and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also the parents/family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties prior to age 13.
NAMI FAITHNET: NAMI FaithNet is not a religious network but a program of mental health education and awareness outreach to clergy and congregations of all faith traditions as well as to individuals who seek faith as a component of their recovery. FaithNet seeks to create more welcoming and supportive faith communities for persons and families touched by serious mental illness and encourages the role of faith in recovery for those for whom faith is a key component of their experience.