Signature & Homegrown Program Webinars

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy will enhance your advocacy skills by helping to shape your powerful and personal story that will move policy makers. Whether you are new to advocacy or have years of experience, this integrated training will equip you to be informed, confident and ready to make a difference. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy modules include: Telling Your Story; Emails and Phone Calls; and Meeting Your Legislator.

Upcoming Training:

Grassroots advocacy is simple; it’s about using your voice to influence policy makers. Turn your experience into a positive voice with the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy grassroots advocacy training. NAMI Smarts will enhance your advocacy skills by helping to shape your powerful and personal story that will move policymakers.

Module 6 – Budgets: Funding Our Future covers how access to quality mental health services depends, in large part, on the annual state budget. We’ll discuss how to tell your story to influence funding for mental health.

Module 6 will be offered on Wednesday, January 25, 2022 from 6 – 8 p.m. by Zoom.

Register here

Limited to the first 100 registrants. Registration deadline on January 24, 2022 at 5 p.m.


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Ending the Silence is a free, evidence-based, 50-minute in-person presentation designed for middle and high school students. Your students will learn about mental health conditions through a brief presentation, short videos, and personal testimony from a young adult who describes their journey to recovery.

If you would like to schedule a presentation at your school, register here:

Contact [email protected] for more information.


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NAMI Family & Friends is a free 90-minute seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support. The seminar is led by trained volunteers with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics:

– Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery

– Effective communication strategies

– The importance of self-care

– Crisis preparation strategies

– NAMI and community resources

Participants will receive a free E-book after attendance that explains many of the topics covered in the class in more detail. The e-book is available in English, Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.


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In Our Own Voice is a NAMI program for community education and reducing stigma, as trained volunteers share their lived experience of mental health recovery: “What Happened” to them, “What Helps” them, and “What’s Next” for them.

This is a presentation we give over 200 times a year to a wide variety of audiences. Reach out to us at [email protected] to schedule a presentation at your school, PTA, congregation, town, support group, or professional training.

We now offer this presentation in Spanish, as En Nuestra Propia Voz!


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NAMI Hearts & Minds is a presentation focusing on inner and outer wellness for people living with a mental illness.

Previous PowerPoint Presentation Slides:

NAMI Hearts & Minds: Criminal Justice and Mental Health

NAMI Hearts & Minds: Individual Advocacy for Wellness

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