For the General Public
NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all traditions who wish to encourage their faith communities to be welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness, by encouraging an exchange of information, tools and other resources to educate and inspire faith communities about mental illness and the vital role spirituality plays in recovery for many.
NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students, teachers, and families about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs.
- 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 adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff
NAMI In Our Own Voice is a presentation for the general public to promote awareness of mental illness and the possibility of recovery.
Mental Health First Aid is a program to help members of the general public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 12-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the 12-hour course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.