NAMI’s education programs are guided by the following principles
Mental health and wellness are...
• Possible for anyone
• An integral part of our overall health
• Inspire hope through shared stories of recovery and resiliency
• Are led by peers, people with similar life experience
• Provide a sense of community
• Provide current information about mental health conditions and treatment options
• Teach communication and problem-solving skills
• Promote resilience, self-care and self-advocacy
• Value the unique perspective of each participant
• Promote inclusion
• Defined differently by each person
• Guided by individual priorities and goals
• Strengthened when pursued early in life
• Enhanced by support from people with similar life experiences
Shared qualities of NAMI national education programs...
• It’s not necessary for a formal diagnosis to have been made for a person, or their family members, to participate in and benefit from a NAMI program
• All programs are free to program participants
• Programs are peer-led, meaning the people leading the program share important life experiences with the participants and speak from the perspective of an equal
• NAMI national education programs use a “train the trainer” model. Trainers for the programs complete an intensive training to receive certification. They then train new peer leaders to offer programs in their communities.
• The program leaders are screened and trained intensively for their role
• The programs are built around standardized manuals so that information is presented accurately and in a structured way