Programs & Presentations

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Programs & Presentations 2022-02-09T14:13:35+00:00

For information on NAMI education programs and presentations contact:

The NKPA Education Team
Email: education@namikeystonepa.org
Phone: 412-366-3788  

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania offers a number of NAMI Signature Programs and customized presentations that help educate people about mental illness. There are also opportunities for individuals with lived experience and family members to become trained program facilitators. Below is a listing of programs and presentations offered by NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania.

All NAMI programs are being offered at this time, either in-person or online. 

Education Programs and Presentations

NAMI Family-to-Family is an eight-session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of adults (18+) who have a mental health diagnosis. The course is a designated evidence-based program, meaning that research shows the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the participants who have loved ones living with a mental health condition. Participants also learn about how mental illnesses affect the brain, how to support your loved one, and the importance of self-care. The course includes presentations, discussions, take-home resources, and interactive exercises.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members and the group setting provides mutual support, confidentiality, and compassion. There is no fee to participate.

NAMI Keystone PA offers the course throughout the year either online or in-person. Registration is required, but does not guarantee admission as space is limited. Please submit your registration to be placed on our waiting list.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults (18+) with mental health conditions who are looking to learn more about themselves and define their own wellness and recovery. Led by trained individuals with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions, and sharing group wisdom. This course does not include recommendations for treatment approaches. NAMI Peer-to-Peer provides a safe, confidential space for those seeking mutual support and growth in a judgment-free zone.

The NAMI Peer-to-Peer course seeks to meet the following goals:

  • Create a community that supports individuals and their wellness goals.
  • Provide up-to-date research on brain biology and mental illnesses.
  • Provide current wellness information and tools to support individual wellness goals.
  • Teach skills in the areas of problem-solving, listening, communication techniques, and handling crises and relapse.
  • Provide guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and offer tips for advocating for those supports and services.

NAMI Keystone PA offers the course throughout the year either online or in-person. Registration is required, but does not guarantee admission as space is limited. Please submit your registration to be placed on our waiting list.

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What do people have to say about NAMI Peer-to-Peer?

“NAMI Peer-to-Peer has allowed me to take the focus off my illness and learn to balance it with the rest of my life.”

“This course has literally been a life saver. It has opened my eyes to better understanding my illness and methods of recovery I did not know about before taking NAMI Peer-to-Peer.”

“By engaging in recovery, I am able to be more relaxed and productive both at work and home.”

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-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 living with mental health conditions.

Download a NAMI Homefront flyer for more information.

NAMI Basics is a six-session education program for parents and caregivers of youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health conditions or symptoms. The NAMI Basics program is free to participants, 99% of whom would recommend the program to others. The program is available both in-person and also online with NAMI Basics OnDemand.

NAMI Basics OnDemand facts:

  • The six-module online course covers the same material as the in-person NAMI Basics classes.
  • NAMI Basics OnDemand gives parents and caregivers the opportunity to participate in NAMI Basics on their own schedule without the worry of finding care for their children, traveling or feeling the disappointment of an in-person class canceling because of low enrollment.
  • The Connect and Share option in NAMI Basics OnDemand offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to share stories, support and interact with each other in an online setting.

Contact your local affiliate for in-person class availability or visit this site for a list of current classes being held in PA.  To register for the free online course visit NAMI Basics OnDemand.

Download a NAMI Basics flyer for more information.

Helping middle and high schoolers understand mental health issues makes a big difference. The NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) program teaches students how to recognize early warning signs for themselves and their friends, where and how to get help, and when it’s not okay to keep a secret. The in-school presentation helps to raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health problems.

ETS is designed for middle and high school age youth and can fit into a 42/50 minute class period. Students will leave the presentation equipped with facts and statistics regarding youth and mental health. More importantly, they will hear personal testimony about the challenges and triumphs of living with a mental health diagnosis. Students will also have the rare opportunity to ask questions and have an informed dialogue with both a family member and an individual who are affected by mental illness.

Knowing how to start the conversation is an important part of maintaining one’s mental health, and ETS can empower students with this tool. The ETS program aims to instill a message of hope and recovery, to encourage and educate teens how to actively care for themselves and their peers, and to reduce the stigma that can block a young person’s path to wellness.

Download a  NAMI Ending the Silence flyer for more information.

For more information or to book a NAMI Ending the Silence presentation contact the NKPA Education Team at education@namikeystonepa.org or 412-366-3788.

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes through the power of personal stories. This free, 90-minute, interactive presentation provides audiences a first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental health diagnosis while offering hope and providing insight into the fact that recovery is possible for people with mental illness.

NAMI IOOV 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 and dispels stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that hope and recovery are possible for individuals who have a mental health diagnosis.

This presentation is appropriate for peer groups, community organizations, educational settings, and mental health professionals.

Download a NAMI In Our Own Voice flyer for more information.

Interested in volunteering your time to become an In Our Own Voice facilitator? Download a NAMI In Our Own Voice Facilitator Application to apply.

For more information or to book a NAMI In Our Own Voice presentation contact the NKPA Education Team at education@namikeystonepa.org or 412-366-3788.

NAMI Sharing Hope is a presentation for African American communities designed to promote mental health awareness, explore signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, and highlight how and where to find help.

Sharing Hope Trailer

Sharing Hope is a three-part video series that explores the journey of mental wellness in Black communities through dialogue, storytelling and a guided discussion on the following topics:

  • Youth and Mental Wellness: “How Do You Heal?”   Watch the Video
  • Community Leaders and Mental Wellness: “The Art of Healing”  Watch the Video
  • Black Families and Mental Wellness: “Smiling On Our Journey” Watch the Video

For more information about participating in a Sharing Hope Community Conversation, email the NKPA Education Team at education@namikeystonepa.org or call 412-366-3788.


Allegheny County African American Resource Guide
NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania has put together a guide for the African American community that includes resources in Allegheny County.

Download the Guide

NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza is a bilingual presentation for Latino communities designed to promote mental health awareness, explore signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, and highlight how and where to find help.

Compartiendo Esperanza Trailer

Compartiendo Esperanza is a three-part video series that explores the journey of mental wellness in Hispanic/Latinx communities through dialogue, storytelling, and a guided discussion on the following topics:

Youth and Mental Wellness: “Sanando Juntos”/“Healing Together”
Community Leaders and Mental Wellness: “Las Raíces de Nuestra Sanación”/“The Roots of Our Healing”
Latinx Families and Mental Wellness: “La Mesa”/“The Table”

For more information about participating in an Compartiendo Esperanza
Community Conversation, email the NKPA Education Team at education@namikeystonepa.org or call 412-366-3788.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a 6.5-hour, skill-building workshop that helps individuals develop an effective way to tell their stories and present the facts to encourage legislative action. The curriculum includes three main components and can be presented individually: telling your story, contacting your policymaker, and meeting your policymaker.

Download a NAMI Smarts for Advocacy flyer for more information.

Custom presentations are available upon request for school personnel, parents, or students; community groups; professionals and others. Sample presentations include:

  • Mental Health in the Workplace: What Supervisors Need to Know
  • It’s a Family Affair: What Makes A Family Strong
  • Managing Anxiety in Youth
  • Recognizing Early Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents
  • Understanding Mental Illness in the Classroom
  • Parents as Education Advocates
  • Programs for Medical Students and Residents

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