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NAMI Basics is the new signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. It is a six-session course, with each session lasting roughly 2½ hours, taught by trained teachers who themselves are the parent or other caregiver of an individual who developed symptoms of mental illness prior to age 13, and is FREE for all participants.

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NAMI Connection is a recovery support group for adults living with mental illness in which people learn from each others experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.

Groups are confidential, open, and free of charge.

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Family-to-Family is the free 12-week family education program for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illness.

  • The course is taught by trained family members.
  • All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.
  • Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program.
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In Our Own Voice is a unique public education program developed by NAMI in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. The program is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.

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Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.

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NAMI Provider Education Program is a 5-week course that presents a penetrating, subjective view of family and consumer experiences with serious mental illness to line staff at public agencies who work directly with people experiencing severe and persistent mental illnesses.

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Parents & Teachers as Allies is a 2-hour in-service program to help school professionals identify the early warning signs of early-onset mental illnesses in children and adolescents in schools. It focuses on the specific, age-related symptoms of mental illnesses in youth, how best to intervene, and share the lived experiences of consumers and families.

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NAMI Family Support Group is for those who need support dealing with a loved one who is living with mental illness.

Too often, mental illness is an isolating experience, accompanied by profound anxiety. When your family member is diagnosed with a mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or any of several other illnesses, there is a dramatic change in the relational dynamics between family members.

NAMI Family Support Group

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NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions. Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.

NAMI Homefront teaches you how to: Manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress Develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion Identify and access federal, state and local services Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse Understand current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family.

If you would like to attend a NAMI Homefront class, please contact your local NAMI affiliate or NAMI-NYS Program Coordinator, Shaniqua Jackson @ shaniqua@naminys.org

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Helping middle and high schoolers understand mental illness makes a big difference. We can teach them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. NAMI Ending the Silence helps raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health conditions.

Through this free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the 50-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped.

Moving stories from positive role models have the power to change kids' views. The discussion gives students the rare opportunity to ask questions about mental health challenges to people who have lived it. The presentation’s message of empathy and hope encourages students to actively care for themselves and their friends. It also teaches them it's okay to talk about what they're feeling. NAMI Ending the Silence covers:

  • Early warning signs
  • Facts and statistics about youth and mental health conditions
  • When, where and how to get help for themselves or their friends
  • When it’s not okay to keep a secret

If you would like to schedule a NAMI Ending the Silence presentation in your school, please contact your local NAMI affiliate or NAMI-NYS  or email wendy@naminys.org

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