Other NAMI Programs
Besides our core programming of support groups, education classes, and speakers, NAMI offers many other programs related to mental health, including those for high school and college students, active duty service members and veterans & their families, mental health professionals, those of all faith traditions, and Crisis Intervention Training for local law enforcement.
NAMI on Campus
NAMI on Campus Clubs are peer-led, mental health awareness clubs on high school and college campuses. Student members raise awareness on their campuses about mental health, reduce stigma, and become advocates. NAMI on Campus Clubs are not support groups or therapy groups. However, these clubs are open to all members, which creates more opportunity. This includes students, faculty, and staff; regardless of their own experiences with mental health or illness. NAMI hopes these resources will provide more support to existing NAMI on Campus leaders. This will help to encourage more students to take initiative and start NAMI on Campus clubs at their schools.
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions.
Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans with mental health conditions.
What You’ll Gain from the Program
Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all people affected by mental health conditions. This in-person experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and shared positive impact. You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.
NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:
- Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
- Support your family member with compassion
- Identify and access federal, state and local services
- Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression and substance use
- Understand current treatments and evidence-based therapies
- Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family
- Manage a crisis, solve problems and communicate effectively
What People Are Saying about the Program
“This training has been really helpful for me to process much of my own emotions. I am at a point now that being able to stop and look back at exactly how far we’ve come and being reminded of the painful past but positive changes was very empowering. Sometimes when we get stuck in the routine of moving on we lose sight of how far we’ve come.”
“I realized I saw signs and symptoms of PTSD but did not know how to handle my loved one – I know better how to handle situations.”
“You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.”— Mother of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA clinic
“We are still friends with everyone that was in the class. There’s always and open ear and an open heart and a shoulder to cry on if you need it.” — Father of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA hospital
Sign Up For A Class
NAMI Homefront is now online! We understand that attending an in-person class can be difficult for busy individuals and families. We now offer NAMI Homefront Online. Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes. You can register for NAMI Homefront online at any time!
NAMI Provider introduces mental health professionals to the unique perspectives of people with mental health conditions and their families. You’ll develop enhanced empathy for their daily challenges and recognize the importance of including them in all aspects of the treatment process.
NAMI Provider is a 15-hour program of in-service training taught by a three-person team: an adult with a mental health condition; a family member of someone with a mental health condition; and a mental health professional who is also a family member or has a mental health condition themselves.
What You’ll Gain from the Program
- Understanding of the realities of having a mental health condition
- Increased compassion for the vulnerabilities people face when seeking care
- Recognition of your critical role in the individual and family’s journey towards recovery
- Empowered view of the lasting impact your care makes
What People Are Saying about the Program
“When I went through the course, I kept thinking ‘what a wonderful learning experience that all our [hospital] staff need to have.’ We have worked hard over the years to create a more humanistic and compassionate culture. This program will definitely help us in that direction.” -Participant
“Most of the attendees have expressed that the course has profoundly affected their work. Many have stated that this was the best training class they have ever taken.” -Leader
Sign Up For A Class
Some NAMI organizations have started offering this class. If it isn’t already available, contact your local NAMI Affiliate about starting one.
Additional Resources For Providers
NAMI and the Hospital Corporation of America have collaborated together to create Competent Caring: When Mental Illness Becomes a Traumatic Event, an educational video/DVD for continuing education training for health care staff. The DVD highlights the experience of a person with a mental health condition, as well as the staff response when he seeks treatment for a mental health crisis in an emergency room setting.
NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness.
NAMI FaithNet strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role of spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions, those for whom faith is a key component.
Through this website and through efforts nationally and in local communities, NAMI and NAMI Affiliates encourage an exchange of information, tools and other resources which will help educate and inspire faith communities about mental illness and the vital role spirituality plays in recovery for many.
Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
The lack of mental health crisis services across the U.S. has resulted in law enforcement officers serving as first responders to most crises. A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an innovative, community-based approach to improve the outcomes of these encounters.
NAMI Glendale’s CIT program creates connections between local law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency services and individuals with mental illness and their families. Through collaborative community partnerships and intensive training, CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis and ensures officer and community safety.
The Benefits Of CIT
Not only can CIT programs bring community leaders together, they can also help keep people with mental illness out of jail and in treatment, on the road to recovery. That’s because diversion programs like CIT reduce arrests of people with mental illness while simultaneously increasing the likelihood that individuals will receive mental health services. CIT programs also:
- Give police officers more tools to do their job safely and effectively. Research shows that CIT is associated with improved officer attitude and knowledge about mental illness. In Memphis, for example, CIT resulted in an 80% reduction of officer injuries during mental health crisis calls.
- Keep law enforcement’s focus on crime. Some communities have found that CIT has reduced the time officers spend responding to a mental health call. This puts officers back into the community more quickly.
- Produce cost savings. It’s difficult to estimate exactly how much diversion programs can save communities. But incarceration is costly compared to community-based treatment. For example in Detroit an inmate with mental illness in jail costs $31,000 a year, while community-based mental health treatment costs only $10,000 a year.
NAMI promotes the expansion of CIT programs nationwide by providing NAMI Affiliates and State Organizations, local law enforcement, mental health providers and other community leaders with information and support about CIT implementation. NAMI also works with local and national leaders to establish standards and promote innovation in CIT.
Become An Advocate
Whether you are a law enforcement officer, mental health professional, elected official or person directly affected by mental illness, you can become an advocate for changing the way your community responds to mental heal crisis. Contact Sylvia Gil at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can get involved.
NAMI and our national partners have developed many resources to support local communities to start or enhance their CIT programs:
- CIT Coordinators Guide: Guidance for CIT coordinators who have invited a peer or family member to share their personal mental health story during a CIT training.
- CIT for Youth Guide: Tools to help local communities develop CIT programs to respond to youth and young adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Key Stakeholders: A resource to help think through the stakeholders that are important to effectively addressing your community’s response to mental health crisis.
- Police Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) Toolkit: A resource supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice to provide communities with best practices and other resources for addressing law enforcement’s response to mental health crises.
For additional information, visit CIT International, the leading national organization promoting the Memphis Model and other best practices in Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs.