Programs and Services
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 video 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.
Family to Family Classes (pdf download)
These classes are for family members, partners or friends of a person who has a mental illness. It is a free 12-week class offered in both English and Spanish.
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.
This is a 5-week class that NAMI Stanislaus presents to service providers to help them collaborate with family members to better serve clients and their loved ones. In addition, the class helps family members understand how the provider works with clients.
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 on Campus High School Program
What are NAMI on Campus High School (NCHS) Clubs?
NCHS Clubs are student-led clubs that raise mental health awareness and reduce stigma on campus through peer led activities and education. Student Leaders will be empowered with toolkits, materials, templates and resources to make running the club a fun and educational process. Student Leaders attend training to learn about mental health and being advocates on campus. The Club is open to all students-those with mental health conditions, those with family members with a condition, or students who are interested in the field or in advocacy.
The NCHS Club program is in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) as part of their Student Mental Health Program, funded by CalMHSA.
NCHS is a mental health awareness club for students and teachers on high school campuses. It is not a support or therapy group. NAMI California has worked diligently with CDE and PCOE to ensure that students and advisors will be instructed on how to run the club safely and responsibly, and will be required to always follow the rules and policies of their school district. A full day of training for Advisors and student leaders will educate the Clubs about mental health, raising awareness, running a club, being supportive of others, and recognizing early signs of mental health conditions.
If you are an Affiliate: please contact Beth Wolf, NAMI California Director of Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org) for info on bringing this program to your affiliate.
If you are a school Faculty/Staff member: Please reach out to your local NAMI Stanislaus Affiliate for more information. Dar (209)656-8855 or office (209) 558-4555.
NAMI offers several support groups for family members and consumers each month. Call the NAMI office (209) 558-4555 for times and dates.