Ending the Silence
“Ending the Silence” is a program to lessen stigma and raise awareness about mental illness among teenagers. The 50-minute program uses a powerpoint and personal stories of presenters with lived experience of mental illness, and is typically presented in the freshman/sophomore classes during the mental health portion of the curriculum.
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.
NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.
NAMI Stanislaus presents this class to consumers with a team of at least two trained peers who can help consumers deal with their illness and maintain their recovery. It runs for 10 weeks.
NAMI Provider Education introduces mental health professionals to the unique perspectives of individuals living with mental illness 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 Education is a 15 hour program of in-service training taught by a team consisting of an adult with mental illness, a family member and a mental health professional.
In Our Own Voice (IOOV) (pdf download)
The IOOV presentation demonstrates how individuals with severe mental illness experience recovery. Each program presenter has been through training to translate the story of his or her own struggles and successes. It is a powerful anti-stigma tool that can change hearts, minds and attitudes about mental illness. It is a 60-minute presentation, which also uses a DVD of other people in recovery.
NAMI offers several support groups for family members and consumers each month. Look under our support groups or call the NAMI office (209) 558-4555 for times and dates.