“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mahatma Gandhi

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 experiences with mental illness in order to inspire hope for recovery, provide support for families, and change perceptions about mental illness.

What is lived experience?

Lived experience means living with a mental health condition or loving and caring for someone who does. If you don’t have a lived experience, don’t worry, you can still volunteer with NAMI Austin!

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.

We’re hosting information sessions on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 8th, 6-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 9th, 12-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 5th, 6-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 6th, 12-1 p.m.

 Click here to register!

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 email Program Coordinator Jessica Miller at  jessica.miller@namiaustin.org.

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…

Get Inspired!

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

NAMI Austin is proud to recognize our wonderful office volunteer Abby Love! Abby began volunteering in the office a year and a half ago, wanting to ground herself in the work of an organization that she felt personally and deeply connected to. Her passion for this work is apparent as she has given over one hundred volunteer hours to NAMI Austin! Every time she comes to volunteer, Abby brings her warm personality and a readiness to tackle any project she is given. Although Abby works behind-the-scenes, the work she does is essential to the success of the


“Every page I laminate, every box I assemble, every printout I staple-I know it’s going towards spreading the good word. That binder I assemble may help a family in trauma. It may reach a kid who’s struggling to understand his emotions. I really enjoy playing a small role in destigmatizing mental illness and encouraging people to get help.” – Abby

Thank you Abby for all your hard work! We wouldn’t be able to do it without you.

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 indivudal who does. You can click on the program links to learn more about each program.

Become a NAMI Teacher

NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher – Application  

  • NEXT TRAINING DATE: Friday June 1, 8:00 a.m. – Sunday, June 3, 4:30 p.m. in Georgetown, Texas

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Teacher – Application


NAMI Basics Teacher – Application


Become a NAMI Support Group Facilitator

There are two different kinds support groups, Family Support Groups and Connection.  You must participate in at least two support group meetings and have an interview with the Program Coordinator to be considered for training. Click on the program links to see locations and times of meetings.

  • NEXT TRAINING DATE: Saturday, June 16 & Sunday, June  17, 2018 from 8:30-5:30 each day in Austin, Texas

Become a NAMI Presenter

NAMI Ending the Silence Presenter – Application 

  • TRAINING DATE: Year-round (you will be contacted once your application is reviewed)

NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter – Application 

  • NEXT TRAINING DATE:  Friday, June 8, 2018 from 8:30-5:30 each day in Austin,Texas

NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies Presenter – Application 


Let’s Talk Presenter – Application 

  • TRAINING DATE:  Year-round (you will be contacted once your application is reviewed)

Become an Office or Events Volunteer

As an office volunteer, you can help NAMI Austin by doing administrative work such as putting program materials together, answering phones, replying to emails, updating resources, entering data, and more. No training required.

We do not need any office volunteers at this time.

There are many opportunities to volunteer at NAMI Austin events including our annual NAMIWalks, monthly community meetings, tabling events, and other special events like Mental Health Month. No training required.

Events Volunteer – Application