Across the country, thousands of trained NAMI volunteers bring peer-led 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 programs and support groups provide outstanding free education, skills training and support.
NAMI Basics is a class for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed.
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.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training is a class to train school resource officers, law enforcement, emergency responders and others how to evaluate and deescalate crisis situations.
NAMI In Our Own Voice
NAMI In Our Own Voice led by a two-person team of trained presenters who are living in recovery from mental illness. The speakers use their individual stories to unmask what it is like to live with mental illness and stay in recovery. Another life-changing NAMI program, it includes visual presentation and discussion.
Bridges of Hope reaches out to members of diverse faith communities. It helps congregations provide healing and hope for families and their loved ones. The course is taught by trained volunteers.
NAMI Connection Group is for those with a mental health and/or substance abuse issue. Monthly meetings are held: 1st Saturday at 10 a.m.; 2nd Monday at 11 a.m.; 3rd Tuesday at 6 p.m.; 4th Monday at 11 a.m.
NAMI Family Support Group
NAMI Family Support Group is for anyone supporting a person living with a mental health issue. Monthly meetings are held: 1st Saturday at 10 a.m.; 3rd Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Outreach & Advocacy
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.
Trainings for NAMI WC Programs (2017-2018)
The health of our affiliate depends on strong programming. To this end, we need to have trained facilitators and teachers. Please consider taking one of these trainings to become equipped to help NAMI WC be a strong advocate for Mental Health in our community. If interested, please contact 828-505-7353 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meals and overnight accommodations are covered. Check out our website for more information about NAMI WC. (namiwnc.org)
Family-to-Family (Coordinator: Pam Jaillet)
This is a free 12-session course that is open to family members who have a close relative with a mental illness. The course includes ways to understand and help the person with the illness and helps the family overcome the difficulties of coping with this family crisis.
September 22-24 (Raleigh); December 1-3 (Charlotte or Western Carolina)
Ten free two-hour classes are taught by a team of two who have personally experienced living well with mental illness. The course uses lecture and interactive exercises to help participants gain knowledge, insight, and coping strategies for living with mental illness. Participants will work to develop a crisis plan during the program.
November 3-5 (Location to be determined)
Family Support Group (Coordinator: Tom Maynard)
Free bi-monthly meetings for anyone supporting a person living with a mental health issue. Talk about your fears, stress, and how to cope with the effects of mental illness. Give and receive support and encouragement.
January 13-15 (Raleigh)
Connection (Coordinator: Tracey Turner)
Free weekly recovery support group for people living with mental health issues in which participants learn from others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer encouragement and understanding.
February 24-25 (Raleigh)
In Our Own Voice (Coordinator: Paulette Heck)
This free program aims to change attitudes, preconceived notions, and stereotypes regarding mental illness. This is accomplished through community presentations by trained peers who share what it is like to live with mental illness while conveying the importance of treatment and recovery.
October date (WC location); March 24-25 (Raleigh)
NAMI Basics (Coordinator: Share Friedman)
This is a free 6-week course for parents or direct caregivers of children and adolescents (18 or younger) who are showing symptoms of or who are diagnosed with mental health issues.
May 5-6 (Raleigh)