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NAMI's Education and Support Programs


NAMI offers an array of education and training programs and services for persons with mental illness, family members, and the general public. These programs draw on the experience of mental health consumers and family members who have learned to live well with their illnesses and are eager to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators.


Education programs are designed to foster learning, healing, and empowerment among families of individuals with serious brain disorders. 

NAMI's Family to Family Education Program A free 12-week course for family members and friends of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

NAMI's Peer to Peer Mentoring Program A free 9-week course for any person with a mental illness.  This course contains individual relapse prevention planning, a debriefing/storytelling week, and an advance directive for psychiatric care.

NAMI Basics The new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. 

In Our Own Voice An interactive public education program presented by people with mental illness to lay audiences, professionals and other individuals about the reality of living with mental illness and the high potential for recovery.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Is a recovery support group program for people living with mental illness that is expanding in communities throughout the country.  These groups provide a safe place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.


NAMI Stigma Busters

Twitter Treats

StigmaBusters are learning to share information with family and peers through NAMI's Web site and top social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace. A recent NAMI "new media" (http://www.nami.org/ADVTemplate.cfm?Section=Advocate_Magazine&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=76522) story discusses three tools that are especially effective and offers tip on how to use them.

* Share This (http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php)

* Follow NAMI on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/NAMICommunicate)

Through Twitter, NAMI has begun sending brief announcements known as "tweets" on topics that may include the latest news headlines, advance notice of television shows on mental illness, or urgent calls to action. Tweets can be sent to an e-mail address or mobile phone. They are fast, free and easy to use, once you try them. Help spread NAMI messages and fight stigma.

Because of the large number of StigmaBuster messages received, not every one can be answered individually, however, we appreciate every e-mail and do review every stigma report and prioritize them for action.

We also appreciate receiving copies of responses. They are important in helping to coordinate strategy and pursue genuine dialogue. You are our eyes and ears! Your help makes a difference!

Please send reports of stigma to Stella March (mailto:smarch@nami.org) .



Join NAMI today!

When you become a member of NAMI, you become part of America's largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness. And now you can join online.