NAMI Austin offers a variety of education programs designed to provide information, insight, and support to families, professionals, and individuals living with mental illness.

Classes

Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week course for families, partners and friends of individuals with serious mental illness taught by trained NAMI family members and caregivers. The course focuses on the emotional responses families have to the trauma of mental illness, and many family members describe their experience in the program as life-changing.

Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-week, peer-led, recovery education course open to any person with a serious mental illness. Peer-to-Peer emphasizes recovery from mental illness as a feasible, supportable goal and challenges the stigma often wrongly associated with mental illness.

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

Presentations

Parents and Teachers as Allies is a two-hour, in-service program that helps school professionals and families better understand the early warning signs of mental illness in children and adolescents. It helps with understanding how best to intervene so that youth with mental health treatment needs are linked with services.

Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation which helps middle and high school students understand mental illness. A trained team of two presenters teaches them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. 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.

In Our Own Voice is a unique public education presentation that offers insight into the hope and recovery possible for people living with mental illness. Trained individuals living with mental illness lead a brief, yet comprehensive and interactive, presentation about mental illness.

Sharing Hope is an hour-long presentation featuring a team of at least two individuals whose lives have been impacted by mental illness for African American communities.

Workshops

Bridges to Hope is a introductory three-hour mental health training for leaders in the faith community. The training gives faith community leaders with an informative overview of prevalent mental health myths and common symptoms of mental health disorders, community mental health resources, and a tool to create an individual action plan to address their faith community’s unique needs.

NAMI Family & Friends is a 4-hour seminar that informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition.

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions.

Support for these programs provided partly by grants from:
Hammill ACF Shield-Ayres Foundation hopeandgrace