Education

NAMI offers an array of peer education and training programs and services for consumers, family members, providers, and the general public.
NAMI’s education and support programs provide relevant information, valuable insight, and the opportunity to engage in support networks.

These programs draw on the lived experience of mental health consumers and family members who have learned to live well with their illnesses and have been extensively trained to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators.

Whether you are a consumer, a family member, a provider, or a member of the general public, there is a NAMI education or support program to help you learn more about mental illnesses, develop coping strategies, or find the support you need.

Learn More About Our Education Programs

Family-to-Family

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

The course is taught by trained family members.
All instruction and course materials are free to class participants.
Over 115,000 family members have graduated from this national program.

In Our Own Voice

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

IOOV presentations are given to consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups.

All presentations are offered free of charge.

Hearts & Minds

The NAMI Hearts & Minds program is an online, interactive, educational initiative promoting the idea of wellness in both mind and body. Wellness is an ongoing process of learning how to make choices that support a more successful, healthy life.

Engaging in a wellness effort can make a huge difference in the quality of your life. One study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that taking the wellness approach can result in a 17 percent decline in total medical visits and a 35 percent decline in medical visits for minor illnesses.

Wellness is about the individual; you can decide what parts of your life you would like to change and you can determine your own success.