As a grassroots organization, NAMI Austin relies heavily on volunteers to provide the diverse, life-changing programming that we are known for at no cost to participants. Volunteers share their own lived experience with mental illness in order to inspire hope for recovery, provide support for families, and change perceptions about mental illness.

Questions about volunteer opportunities can be directed to Community Education Coordinator, Ari Samayoa at ariel.samayoa@namiaustin.org.

How will my volunteer experience impact me and my community?

Watch “Valerie’s Story” below to learn more about how becoming a NAMI Austin volunteer can change your life and the life of others!

Interested in an internship?

Please visit our internship page for details!

Get Started

Register for a Volunteer Information Session

Figuring out the best fit for you as a NAMI Austin volunteer is made easy with our monthly Volunteer Information Sessions.  You’ll get to check out our offices and meet some of the staff while learning about the various volunteer opportunities available to you. We highly encourage every volunteer to attend an information session before they complete a volunteer application.

Volunteer information sessions are located at our office at 4110 Guadalupe Street, Bldg 781, 4th floor on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 1 from 12-1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7 from 6-7 p.m.

Can’t Make it to an Information Session?

Information Sessions are usually held twice a month. If the timing of these sessions don’t work for your schedule, but you’re ready to volunteer, please fill out this registration form and select “I cannot attend an information session. Please contact me!”

Learn More

Learn about our Programs & How You can Make A Difference!

NAMI Austin is a volunteer-driven organization and there are many ways to get involved depending on your experience and interest.

If you have lived experience, you can…
If you do not have lived experience, you can…
  • Advocate for Mental Health
  • Help at Mental Health events
  • Give information to people about NAMI
  • Assist with office projects – specifically looking for 2-3 hrs/week of data entry and materials prep with a 6 month commitment

Get Inspired!

Read about how one of our NAMI Austin volunteers is making an impact on the community.


Kris is a Peer-to-Peer mentor, an In Our Own Voice presenter, and a Connections Support Group facilitator. Kris has given over 130 hours of volunteer service to NAMI Austin, and touched the lives of so many people living with mental illness, sharing the message that there is support and hope for recovery. As a support group facilitator and mentor, Kris loves finding commonalities with other people and bringing a little bit more hope to someone’s day. As a presenter, she shares her story and experiences with mental illness in order to change the way our community talks about mental health.

“I enjoy volunteering because it allows me the opportunity to help other people who face my same struggles. I get to give back to my community and learn more about my story and others’ in the process.” – Kris

Thank you Kris for sharing your story and for your strength, resilience, and compassion as a NAMI Austin volunteer.

Get Trained

After you attend a Volunteer Information Session, you will be ready to apply for a volunteer position. Many of our education and support programs require special training and lived experience either as a family member of someone who lives with a mental illness or as an individual who does. You can click on the program links to learn more about each program.

Become a NAMI Presenter

NAMI Ending the Silence Presenter – Application 

Let’s Talk Presenter – Application 

NAMI Sharing Hope PresenterApplication

What is NAMI? Presenter – Application

Managing Stress Presenter – Application

Myths of Mental Illness Presenter – Application

  • Training begins after application is reviewed.

NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter – Application 

  • Next Training: May 19, 2019 – Application due April 26

NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies Presenter – Application 

  • Next training:  June 2019


Become a NAMI Teacher

NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher – Application  

  • Next training: June 2019

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Teacher – Application

  • Next training: Fall 2019

NAMI Basics Teacher – Application

  • Next training: May 2019

Become a NAMI Support Group Facilitator

NAMI Family Support Group FacilitatorApplication

NAMI Connection Support Group FacilitatorApplication

  • Support Group Facilitator training can begin immediately after application and includes attending three groups, being paired with a mentor, and attending an in-person session with state-level trainers.

Become a NAMI Events or Table Volunteer

Help us at our table and community events! Brief training will happen before your first event.

NAMI Events and Table Volunteer – Application