NAMI Basics

What is the NAMI Basics Education Program?

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-session education program for parents, foster parents, guardians, and family caregivers of children and youth who are experiencing emotional or behavioral health challenges, with or without a diagnosis. It is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face. 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.

Offered Thursdays, Jan. 14 - Feb. 18 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at Juneau Family Health and Birth Center. Onsite childcare and dinner provided.

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Peer to Peer

What is the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Program?

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session course for adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI Peer-to-Peer provides an educational setting focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. The NAMI Peer-to-Peer education program is:
  • Free and confidential
  • Held once a week for two hours
  • Taught by trained Peer Mentors living in recovery themselves
  • Interactive with presentations, discussion and exercises
  • A great resource for updated information on all aspects of living with mental illness
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INSIDE PASSAGES Monthly Forums on Mental Health & Wellness

Inside Passages November 2015

The 2015-16 Series will be held the 2nd Tuesday of every month starting Sept. 8th from 5:15 6:45pm. Forums held in the Robert F. Valliant Board Room at Bartlett. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available for professionals.

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Family Support Group

1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month starting Sept. 3rd from 5:30 7:00 pm

What is the NAMI Family Support Group Program?

When a loved one struggles with a mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, or another condition, families are profoundly impacted. The NAMI Family Support Group is a free, confidential and safe group of families helping families. Talking with other peers and sharing insights, coping strategies and resources through learned wisdom can be an important link in helping you and your family member discover a more hopeful future.

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Mental Health First Aid Training

Date: November 13, 2015 from 8:30am-5pm
Location: University of Alaska Southeast, Egan 225

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Most people have heard of First Aid and CPR to address physical distress, but what happens when someone is exhibiting signs of emotional or mental distress?

The Trust Training Cooperative (TTC) is providing the community with a groundbreaking public education program Mental Health First Aid that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid is an interactive 8-hour course funded by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority that teaches participants about the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and provides an overview of treatment resources and options.

In this training, Mental Health First Aid trainees are taught how to practice and respond appropriately to mental health problems in a variety of situations, such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed. Just as CPR training helps a layperson with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate professional help arrives. Find upcoming trainings in our community.

Family to Family

Starting January 2016 Stay Tuned for Dates & Registration!

NAMI Family-to-Family is a 12-session education program designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The Family-to-Family program is:
  • Free and confidential
  • Held twice a week for two and a half hours
  • Taught by trained Peer Mentors who are themselves family members
  • Interactive with presentations, discussion and exercises

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NAMI Juneau Programs at a Glance

Resources for families:

NAMI understands the impact of mental illness on a family is huge and often traumatic. Helping families cope, adjust, understand, and advocate is a crucial factor in making strides in wellness for the family member living with mental illness and the wellbeing of the family in general.


Family Support Group

NAMI Basics

Resources for individuals experiencing a mental health condition:

NAMI believes that peer support for individuals living with mental illness is a vital tool in recovery and adjustment in the face of the unique challenges of a brain disorder. NAMI Peer-to-Peer deals with all facets of the impact of mental illness, utilizing the vast store of knowledge and experience of NAMI members across the country to help in recovery and improved mental wellness.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer

Resources for professionals and community members:

Individuals living with mental illness need a community that supports them, their families and their recovery. NAMI is a clearing house for local mental health resources and works toward educating the public through events and our monthly forums on mental health & wellness, Inside Passages. This program provides a place for our community to learn, gain insight, and exchange views on a wide variety of mental health related issues presented by local and regional experts in the field.

Inside Passages

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