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.

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.

We’re hosting information sessions on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 7th, 6-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 8th, 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 present our volunteer of the month, Helen Sneed! We are recognizing Helen for her incredible commitment to NAMI as an In Our Own Voice presenter and a Peer-to-Peer teacher. As a presenter, Helen shares her own story of recovery with judges, police officers, UT classes, family support groups, and patients at psychiatric hospitals. Her powerful story helps diminish the shame and stigma of mental illness and provides a message of hope and healing. As a teacher, she helps students better understand their diagnosis and learn new coping skills. Helen’s strength and passion are truly inspiring, and she has impacted many lives through her volunteering in NAMI Austin’s education programs.

You see, I never thought my long, dark story had any value. But now I feel that I can pull some beauty from the darkness and give people hope. NAMI has given my life new purpose and fulfillment in ways I never could have imagined.” –Helen

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  


NAMI Peer-to-Peer Teacher – Application

  • NEXT TRAINING DATE: Saturday, Nov. 10 & Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

NAMI Basics Teacher – Application


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, July 6 , 2018 from 8:30-5:30 in Austin,Texas                                              ***deadline to apply is Monday, June 25 ***

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 Events or NAMI Walks Volunteer

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 and NAMI Walks Volunteer – Application