NAMI Basics is a free six-week peer-directed education program developed specifically for parents and other caregivers of children who have either been diagnosed with a mental illness, or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. The course is taught by trained teachers who are caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness during childhood.
Family-to-Family is a free 12-week course for families, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness taught by trained NAMI family members and caregivers of individuals living with mental illness. View current and upcoming classes here.
NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session education program for family, friends and significant others of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.
Family Support Group Participant Perspective
"I was drowning emotionally and didn't know how to stop it until I found NAMI. NAMI Family Support gave me the life preserver I needed to keep my head above the emotional water I was treading. I can't say that I am drown proof but I do know how to float, where to go for support and how to ask for help."
Family Support Groups are meetings of caregivers of individuals with a mental illness where family members can talk frankly about their challenges and help one another through their learned wisdom. To view a list of current and upcoming Family Support Groups click here.
Connection Recovery Support Groups are weekly recovery support groups for people living with mental illness. These groups provide an ongoing opportunity to discuss the challenges of living with mental illness and the techniques for maintaining wellness. To view a list of current and upcoming Connection groups click here.
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy. The program takes participants through a step-by-step process that enables them to leave with a two-minute, compelling personal story that can be adapted and used to advocate in numerous ways.
NAMI on Campus clubs are student-run, student-led organizations that provide mental health support, education, and advocacy in a university or college setting.
NAMI Ending the Silence is helping middle and high schoolers understand mental illness. We teach them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. NAMI Ending the Silence helps raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health conditions. Through this free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. 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.
If you are a young adult that has experienced mental illness and would like to become a trained presenter learn more here.
Advocacy & Outreach
NAMI Ending the Silence Student Perspective
“I’m really grateful and glad that you talked to us. I often feel very alone or weird because many kids my age don’t understand. But, now I’m sure they would be more supportive of me.”
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.
Presentations During Crisis Intervention Team Training The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a model for community policing designed to improve the outcomes of police interactions with people living with mental illnesses. CIT programs are built on local partnerships between law enforcement agencies, mental health providers, and individuals with mental illness and their families. NAMI Oklahoma and local NAMI affiliates are partners in state and local CIT programs. Members of NAMI Oklahoma who have a mental illness and family members share their perspective with officers during the presentation.
If you have experienced law enforcement interaction as an individual with mental illness or a family member and would like to share your story please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like to learn about the Guiding Principles of NAMI Programs, learn more here.