Education and Support. Building Better Lives

NAMI offers FREE education and support programs for all those affected by mental illnesses. Courses are offered by NAMI AAC with training support provided by NAMI MD.

Visit our calendar or if you are interested in one of the programs listed below,  PLEASE call 443.569.3498 for more information.


NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with mental illnesses. NAMI-trained family members teach the course; all materials are free for class participants. The curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and borderline personality disorder, with a new resource on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The course discusses treatment for these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope with the challenges of living with a relative with a mental illness.  Registration Required.  Learn more about this nationally recognized program. 


NAMI Family Support Groups are for relatives, caregivers, and others involved with individuals with mental illness. The support groups are run by local affiliates and have facilitators trained by NAMI in order to provide a structure which encourages full group participation. Support groups provide a caring atmosphere for individuals to share their common experiences and assist individuals in developing the skills for understanding and the strengths needed to cope.


NAMI Basics is a new signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. NAMI-trained parents and caregivers teach the free six week course and all materials are free for participants. The course focuses on ADHD, ODD, CD, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia, OCD and Substance Use Disorders. During the six weeks topics such as brain development, current research, treatment, resources in the community and crisis and relapse prevention are discussed. Participants that complete the course leave with the fundamentals to care for their family and children with mental illness.


NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free course consisting of ten two-hour classes and is taught by a team of trained mentors who are experienced at living well with mental illness. It is for persons with serious mental illnesses who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. It includes education on individual empowerment, family and peer support, relapse prevention, communication skills, and enhancement of personal activity and functioning. Mentors attend a weekend-long training session, are supplied with teaching manuals, and are paid a stipend for each course that they teach.


NAMI Connection is a 90-minute support group run by persons who live with mental illness for other persons who live with mental illness. The program includes NAMI-trained peer facilitators and employs principles of support designed to empower its members. This program focuses on allowing all participants to share their experiences and learn from each other in a safe and confidential environment. NAMI Connection is not illness-specific, and welcomes persons with all psychiatric diagnoses.


NAMI In Our Own Voice is a powerful presentation about living with mental illness by intensively trained individuals who tell their stories to educate the community, providers and others living with mental illness.


Never thought of yourself as an advocate? Want to make a positive change in mental health services? Grassroots advocacy is simple; you don’t have to know about policies or politics. It’s about using your voice to influence policy makers and make a difference. Turn your passion and your lived experience into a positive voice for mental health with the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy grassroots advocacy training.


A two-hour in-service program on mental health education for school professionals. It includes early warning signs and how to communicate with parents so children can be linked to the services they need.


The NAMI Hearts & Minds program is an online, interactive, educational initiative promoting the idea of wellness in both mind and body. Wellness is an ongoing process of learning how to make choices that support a more successful, healthy life.

                   Wellness is about the individual; you can decide what parts of your life

                   you would like to change  and you can determine your own success.