Programs and Classes
NAMI San Antonio provides FREE mental health education classes, advocacy, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.
NAMI San Antonio supports and enriches you and your family’s unique journey towards mental health and wellness. Our outstanding peer-led programs provide free education, skills training and support. Thousands of trained volunteers are bringing these programs to their communities every day. We invite you to join our movement to ensure better lives for everyone.
Family-to-Family is a free, 12 class education program for family members of adults living with mental illness. In this program the term family is viewed from a broad perspective to include parents, siblings, spouses, adult sons and daughters, partners and significant others. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.
What does Family-to-Family include?
- Current information about the major mental illnesses and the most current research available on the biological aspects of these illnesses
- Up-to-date information on the possibilities for living in recovery, including a variety of treatment strategies currently available
- A class on empathy which creates an understanding of the subjective, lived experience of a person living with mental illness
- Specific skills-training in the areas of problem solving, listening, communication techniques and handling crises and relapse
- An overall focus on care for the caregiver such as learning to cope with worry, stress and emotional overload
- Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and offer tips of advocating for those supports and services
- Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services, with an emphasis on personal advocates for the parent/caregiver and child on an individual level
NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. In the NAMI Basics program you’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they’re getting medical care.
Goals Of NAMI Basics:
- To give the parent/caregiver the basic information necessary to take the best care possible of their child, their family, and themself.
- To help the parent/caregiver cope with the impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family.
- To provide tools for the parent/caregiver to use even after completing the program that will assist in making the best decisions possible for the care of the child
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. The course was written by Kathryn Cohan McNulty, a person with a psychiatric disability who is also a former provider and manager in the mental health field and a longtime mutual support group member and facilitator.
Participants come away from the course with:
- A binder of hand-out materials, as well as many other tangible resources
- An advance directive
- A “relapse prevention plan” to help identify tell-tale feelings, thoughts, behavior, or events that may warn of impending relapse and to organize for intervention
- Mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm thinking
- And survival skills for working with providers and the general public.
NAMI CONNECTIONS IS A RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
NAMI Connection is a recovery support group for people living with mental illness. These groups provide a place where a person can go and be treated with respect and understanding. They offer encouragement and hope. The groups offer a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness. NAMI Connections meets weekly for approximately 90 minutes. It is offered free of charge and follows a flexible structure without an educational format. All groups are confidential.
In Our Own Voice is a unique presentation in which two trained speakers share their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and achieving recovery.
Parents and Teachers as Allies is a free, on-site presentation led by a team from your community consisting of a young adult with a mental health condition, a parent and a teacher. The 90-minute program is designed to:
- Understand the difference between “bad behavior” and symptoms of a mental health condition.
- Recognize early warning signs.
- Communicate and partner with families effectively.
- Link to community services quickly.
- Create a supportive learning environment for all students.
NAMI Program Training Opportunities
Become trained to lead a NAMI program, class, or presentation. Program leaders bring an important peer perspective to classes, groups, and events.
Below are some the various areas you could be trained in:
- Become a Family-to-Family Teacher
- Become a Basics Teacher
- Become a Peer-to-Peer Mentor
- Become a Connections Facilitator
- Become an In Our Own Voice Presenter
- Become a Parents and Teachers as Allies Presenter
If you have participated in a NAMI Program and would like to explore becoming a trained, please contact Melisa Riley, our Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.