What is NAMI Basics?

Basics is a free, 6 week, peer directed education program developed specifically for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with serious mental illness/serious emotional disturbance or are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed.

For more information go to NAMI Basics 



What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program?

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

  • 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

What does the course include?

  • Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders
  • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence
  • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective treatments to promote recovery
  • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness
  • Learning in special workshops for problem solving, listening, and communication techniques
  • Acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse
  • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services

For more information, go to Family-to-Family.



What is NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Program?

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.

  • The course was written by Kathryn Cohan McNulty, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator.
  • An advisory board comprised of NAMI consumer members, in consultation with Joyce Burland, Ph.D., author of the successful NAMI Family-to-Family Education program, helped guide the curriculum’s development.
  • Since 2005, NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Program has been supported by AstraZeneca.

What does the course include?

  • Peer-to-Peer consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” and a volunteer support person who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.
  • Mentors are trained in an intensive three day training session and are supplied with teaching manuals.
  • Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive; a “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention; mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking; and survival skills for working with providers and the general public.

For more information, go to Peer-to-Peer.



What is IOOV?

  • In Our Own Voice (IOOV) 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 was started with a grant from Eli Lily and Company.
  • IOOV is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.
  • Throughout the IOOV presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. Audience participation is an important aspect of IOOV because the more audience members become involved, the closer they come to understanding what it is like to live with a mental illness and stay in recovery.
  • IOOV presentations are given to consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups.
  • All presentations are offered free of charge.

For more information, go to In Our Own Voice.



NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group

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

For more information, go to NAMI Connection.


Ending the Silence

Ending the Silence is a free, 50 minute presentation designed to give students an opportunity to learn about mental illness through an informative Power Point and short videos. Through the presentation, students learn symptoms and indicators of mental illness, and are given ideas about how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support. Additionally, the presentation includes personal testimony from a young adult living with a mental health condition about his/her journey to recovery.

For more information, go to NAMI Ending the Silence.


NAMI FaithNet is a network of NAMI members and friends dedicated to promoting caring faith communities and promoting the role of faith in recovery for individuals and families affected by mental illness.

For more information go to:

NAMI California FaithNet
NAMI National FaithNet


NAMI Family Support Group Program is a free, monthly meeting of family and loved ones of individuals with mental illness where family members can talk frankly about their challenges and help one another through their wisdom gained by experience and self-education. These meetings are facilitated by trained NAMI members in affiliates across the country, and participants are encouraged to share actively in the work of the group.

For more information, go to the NAMI Family Support Group.


NAMI Provider Education Program is a free 5-session course for mental health workers and professionals. Through the course, providers learn what it is like to live with mental illness from the individual and family perspective. The goal of the program is to reduce stigma among providers and help them gain empathy and understanding which hopefully results in the ability of providers to work more effectively with individuals and their families.

For more information, go to NAMI Provider Education.


Parents and Teachers as Allies is a free, one to two hour in-service program that focuses on helping school professionals and families within the school community better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents. Participants learn how to best intervene so that youth with mental health treatment needs are linked with services. It also presents the lived experience of mental illnesses and how schools can best communicate with families about mental health related concerns.

For more information, go to Parents & Teachers as Allies.


NAMI is proud to provide resources for everyone touched by military service. The people who are currently serving, those who have served and their families face unique stressors and need mental health in formation and treatment tailored to their needs. And yet, the mental health challenges faced by veterans, active duty troops and their families—stigma, access to quality health information and innovative new treatments—are on the minds of military families and the rest of NAMI’s families.

For more information go to:

NAMI California Veterans Programs
NAMI National Veterans Programs


The WWT Technical Assistance Center ensures public mental health agencies are prepared to recruit, hire, train, support, and retain multicultural clients, family members, parents, and caregivers as employees within the public mental health system. The WWT TAC Coordinator serves the county mental health system staff involved in designing, implementing, evaluating, and/or sustaining the consumer, family member, and parent/caregiver workforce within the local public mental health system. This could include: County mental health directors; county workforce and education training coordinators; offices of consumer affairs managers; administrators and/or supervisors within organizations contracted by county mental health; client, family member, and parent/caregiver supervisors and/or employees; human resources staff; consumer employment support staff (for example, benefits planners); wellness centers.

For more information, go to Working Well Together