NAMI Programs

Following state recommendations to implement social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, NAMI Spokane has postponed all in-person support group meetings and classes until further notice. Our support groups are now available via Zoom.
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NAMI BASICS

NAMI Basics offers education and support. Taught by parents who have lived similar experiences with their own children, NAMI Basics is an educational program that provides learning and practical insights for families.

NAMI Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental illness.

NAMI Peer to Peer

Peer to Peer is a FREE, 8 session class to help adults living with mental health challenges achieve and maintain wellness. Information is included on conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder, among others.

NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans with mental health conditions and can be attended online.

NAMI Family to Family

Family to Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and compassion from people who understand your situation.

NAMI In Our Own Voice

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free, 60- or 90-minute presentation.

NAMI BASICS – NOW ONLINE

NAMI Basics OnDemand is now available at basics.nami.org.

Participants register with their name, email address and zip code. Once registered, participants receive an email with a link specific to their email address. Participants must save the email so they are able to log-in and pick up where they left off in the course.

NAMI Basics OnDemand facts:

  • The six-module 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.
  • NAMI Basics OnDemand is a course that educates families with the resources and tools so they are better able to advocate for their children.

All NAMI classes are free of charge.

NAMI Family to Family

NAMI Family-to-Family is a FREE 8-week training course that not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you’ll learn about:

  • How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • The impact of mental illness on the entire family

All NAMI classes are suspended as of March 2020. Stay tuned here or on our Facebook page for updates.

This signature program is sponsored in part by Providence Community Benefits.

Family to Family 
Facilitators: Signe and Cheryl
Location: Opportunity Presbyterian Church
Address: 202 N Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99206
Dates: Wednesdays, March 4th – April 22nd
Time: 6:30-9:00PM

NAMI Peer to Peer

Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery.

Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions and informative videos. However, as with all NAMI programs, it does not include recommendations for treatment approaches.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a safe, confidential space. The course provides an opportunity for mutual support and growth. Experience compassion and understanding from people who relate to your experiences. This is a place to learn more about recovery in an accepting environment.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer helps you:

Set a vision and goals for the future
Partner with health care providers
Develop confidence for making decisions
Practice relaxation and stress reduction tools
Share your story
Strengthen relationships
Enhance communication skills
Learn about mental health treatment options

Classes are open to any adult living with mental illness.

NAMI PeertoPeer is held on Saturday afternoons 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Salem Lutheran Church, 428 W Broadway

All NAMI classes are suspended as of March 2020. Stay tuned here or on our Facebook page for updates.

This signature program is sponsored in part by Providence Community Benefits.

Peer to Peer
Facilitators: Scott and Jeanne
Location: Salem Lutheran Church
Address: 1428 W Broadway Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
Dates: Saturdays, March 7th – April 25th
Time: 1:00-3:00PM

NAMI In Our Own Voice

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free, 60- or 90-minute presentation.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI In Our Own Voice adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. Going to this presentation will provide you:

  • 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 dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.

What People Are Saying

“Amazing presentation with amazing presenters! You 100% erased any stigma I used to associate with mental illness.”

“Several of the mental health staff stated that they saw recovery as a real option—for the first time ever.”

“Participating in the IOOV program is the single most effective thing I am doing to maintain my mental health. Time after time I see the audience respond with curiosity and interest. I know I am changing the face of mental illness and that I have transformed my pain into the power to make a difference.”

Schedule An IOOV Presentation

If you would like to host a NAMI In Our Own Voice presentation, contact us at Phone: (509) 838-5515 or email office@namispokane.org.

NAMI Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental illness.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations include a lead presenter who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.

What Your Audience Will Get

  • Free of cost to schools and communities
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Students: 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for parents and primary caregivers that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff

Why Ending The Silence Matters

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What People Are Saying

“I’m really grateful and glad that you talked to us. I often feel very alone or weird because many kids my age don’t understand. But, now I’m sure they would be more supportive of me.” -Student

“It is amazing what just one day, one talk can do. You never really know what’s going on in the brain of any particular student.” -Teacher

Schedule An Ending The Silence Presentation

If you would like to host a NAMI Ending the Silence presentation at your school, contact NAMI Spokane at: Phone: (509) 838-5515
Email: office@namispokane.org

Schedule an Ending the Silence Presentation

If you would like to host a NAMI In Our Own Voice presentation, contact us at Phone: (509) 838-5515 or email office@namispokane.org.

NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans with mental health conditions and can be attended online.
 

NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:

  • Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
  • Support your family member with compassion
  • Identify and access federal, state and local services
  • Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression and substance use
  • Understand current treatments and evidence-based therapies
  • Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family
  • Manage a crisis, solve problems and communicate effectively
To register for the online NAMI Homefront please sign up here.