For information on NAMI Ending the Silence and NAMI In Our Own Voice contact:
Michelle Decker, Young Adult Outreach and Education Spec.
Phone: 412-366-3788 ext. 113
For information on all other NAMI education programs contact:
Susan Caban, Dir. of Education
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 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.
Download a NAMI Basics flyer for more information.
NAMI Keystone PA and its Affiliates are offering the 8-session NAMI Peer-to-Peer course online or in-person throughout the year. Registration is required for all classes but does not guarantee admission as space is limited. Deadline to register for the online class beginning June 29 is Tuesday, June 15. If you would like to register for a current class or to be placed on an email list to receive information about upcoming courses, please register here.
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 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 of advocating for those supports and services.
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 Keystone PA and its affiliates are offering the 8-session NAMI Family-to-Family course online or in-person throughout the year. Registration is required for all classes but does not guarantee admission as space is limited. Visit this page to see find more NAMI Family-to-Family classes being held throughout Pennsylvania.
NAMI Family-to-Family is an 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of adults (18+) who have a mental health diagnosis. The course is offered at no cost to participants and is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of family members that are affected by mental illness. This course includes presentations, discussions, take home resources and interactive exercises.
This course is a peer-led program, taught by trained family members. They are parents and grandparents, partners, siblings or adult children of individuals who have a mental health diagnosis. The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support, confidentiality, and compassion from individuals who share similar experiences – you realize that you are not alone in a NAMI Family-to-Family class.
Interested in volunteering your time to become a Family-to Family program leader? Download a NAMI Family-to-Family training application for more information.
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers, and friends of military service members and vets 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 Homefront Now Offered Online
NAMI understands that attending an in-person class can be difficult for busy individuals and families. NAMI Homefront Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes. Click here to register for the upcoming online course.
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 Michelle Decker at email@example.com or 412-366-3788 ext. 113.
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 Michelle Decker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-366-3788 ext. 113.
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
- Why Can’t This Child Behave?
- Understanding Mental Illness in the Classroom
- Parents as Education Advocates
- Programs for Medical Students and Residents