At NAMI, we know that the entire community can benefit from mental health education! We continue our commitment to support through community education programs that encourage sharing authentic voices and ending the stigma around mental illness.
We believe in the power of diverse programming to meet the unique needs of our community. Below, you’ll find a sampling of the programs we offer.
If you don’t see something that aligns with your interests or have questions about a specific program, please reach out!
NAMI In Our Own Voice
During NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations, people with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in order to change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes. Presentations can be 40, 60, or 90 minutes long. All presentations provide
- A first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible – and common – to live well with mental illness.
- A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions.
- The understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.
Schedule a Presentation
NAMI In Our Own Voice is open to all audiences who are interested in understanding mental health and wellness. Presentations can be accommodated to groups of any size. There is nominal program fee for workshop materials and facilitation. To schedule a NAMI In Our Own Voice presentation for your group or organization, please click the button below and complete a request form. For any additional questions, contact Senior Director of Programs & Community Engagement, Jaime Clark, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Schedule a Presentation
Virtual Voices is a 90-minute workshop designed to give participants the unique opportunity to experience a simulated auditory hallucination, similar to those that some people with schizophrenia or other serious mental illnesses may have. Participants listen to a 45-minute recording while visiting 5 stations where they must complete various tasks while hearing distressing voices.
By the end of the workshop, Participants will:
- Understand the day-to-day challenges that people with psychiatric disabilities face
- Become more empathetic and compassionate towards people who hear distressing voices
- Change practices to better address the needs of people who hear distressing voices
Schedule a Workshop
Virtual Voices is beneficial to audiences who work with individuals living with mental health conditions and their families. This experiential workshop is ideal for audiences of 20-30 people. There is a Virtual Voices program fee for workshop materials and facilitation. To learn more and schedule a workshop, please contact Senior Director of Programs & Community Engagement, Jaime Clark, at email@example.com.
NAMI Sharing Hope
NAMI Sharing Hope is designed to introduce discussions on mental health and wellness in the Black/ African American community through a three-part community conversation series grounded in the sharing of sacred stories and guided dialogue on mental wellness and support.
For people in the Black/African Ancestry community, being open about how they’re really doing can be a struggle. NAMI Sharing Hope is a free safe space to have conversations on mental health and wellness— because people of Black and African Ancestry deserve supportive and healing spaces by and for them to help our communities thrive.
NAMI Sharing Hope is hosted in three, one-hour segments with community conversations on mental wellness in the Black/African Ancestry community, finding treatment and seeking support, and getting connected to local resources. To schedule a NAMI Sharing Hope series, please contact Clarrissa Taylor Jackson, Director of Programs & Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza
NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza helps introduce discussions on mental health and wellness in the Hispanic and Latinx community through a three-part community conversation series grounded in sacred storytelling and guided dialogue on mental wellness and support.
Changing la cultura starts with community: no more machismo and marianismo, no more shame around reaching out for help, no more silence around mental health. NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza acknowledges that Hispanic and Latinx people need and deserve somewhere they can turn to for free, accessible mental health support, generational wisdom and communal healing.
NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza is hosted in three, one-hour segments with community conversations on mental wellness in the Hispanic and Latinx community, finding treatment and seeking support, and getting connected to local resources. To schedule a NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza series, please contact Clarrissa Taylor Jackson, Director of Programs & Outreach, at email@example.com.
NAMI Ending the Silence
NAMI Ending the Silence presentations are free-of-cost to schools and communities. We offer three unique presentation formats for students, school staff, and families to tailor education and support to each audience.
Audience members of the NAMI Ending the Silence presentation will learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.
These presentations include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.
- NAMI Ending the Silence for Students: 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help
- NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families
- NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff
Schedule a Presentation
To bring a NAMI Ending the Silence presentation to your school or organization, please fill out this form and contact Youth and Young Adult Engagement Coordinator Ariela Ayala Cortez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workplace Mental Health Presentations
Become a Certified Listener
Eighty-four percent of employees think it’s important that a prospective employer offers “robust and comprehensive mental health benefits”, yet, only 11% report that their employer has people on-site who have received mental health training.
Training with NAMI Metro makes your company an official “Certified Listener.” Not only will you receive the “Certified Listener” status and access to the logo and social media badges, but your employees, and your community, will recognize you as a leading voice for mental wellness.
Presentations can be accommodated to groups of any size and are available in-person and virtually. There is a program fee for workshop materials and facilitation. To schedule a training for your group or organization, please contact Director of Development, Julie Funk, at email@example.com.