Education

We provide the following free groups, classes and services:

NAMI Peer Services:

Are you seeking recovery support in your community? Attend a NAMI Connection meeting. These meetings are the gateway into all of NAMI’s Peer Support programs. If you have questions, would like to register, or would just like additional information please email education@namitm.org or call our office at (360) 493-6021.

NAMI Connection

  • For people living with a mental illness
  • Meets twice a month

“I am not alone! There is a place where people understand me, are there to help me, and I feel better about myself when I help someone else. I can get involved in NAMI Connection and make a difference!”

Peer to Peer

  • For people living with a mental illness
  • 10-session course

“Peer-to-Peer has allowed me to take the focus off my illness and learn to balance it with the rest of my life. By engaging in recovery I am able to be more relaxed and productive both at work and home.”

In Our Own Voice

  • For the general public
  • Recurring speaker presentations

“The reason why this program is such a valuable resource for us is that it puts a human face on people who are living successfully with a mental illness.”

Ending the Silence Youth Program

  • 50 minute presentation designed for middle and high school students
  • Includes warning signs of mental illness, facts and statistics on mental health issues. Offers strategies for youth to find help for themselves or a friend.

Research has shown that Ending the Silence for students is effective in changing middle and high school student’s knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help.

If you are interested in hosting and Ending the Silence program at your school, please email education@namitm.org or call our office at (360) 493-6021.

 

Family Support Services:

Are you seeking support as a family member or advocate? Attend a Family Support Group meeting. These meetings are the gateway into all of NAMI’s Family Education programs. If you have questions, would like to register, or would just like additional information please email education@namitm.org or call our office at (360) 493-6021.

Family Support Group

  • For family members/loved ones of someone living with a mental illnes
  • Several meetings throughout the month. Check calendar for meeting near you.

“Using the support group model is so essential to the success of our family support groups. Without the training, networking, and support of the group members I fear that support groups would become nothing more than “cry” sessions or “gripe” sessions. As a group the collective wisdom covered a lot of possibilities towards the issues.”

Family to Family

  • For family members, partners and friends of someone living with a mental illness
  • Free 12-session course

“Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same thing as me.”

NAMI Basics

  • For parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of mental health condition
  • Free 6 session course (weekly)

Contact the NAMI Thurston-Mason office to inquire about upcoming programs, and to add your name to the waitlist: email education@namitm.org or call our office at (360) 493-6021.

NAMI Homefront

  • For families, caregivers, and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions
  • 12-session course

Based on the nationally recognized family-to-family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our county. Taught by trained by service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.

Offered in-person or online.  Contact the NAMI Thurston-Mason office to inquire about upcoming programs, and to add your name to the waitlist: email education@namitm.org or call our office at (360) 493-6021.