NAMI Tallahassee is a very active all-volunteer organization. A dedicated and experienced Board of Directors leads the way for a membership primarily consisting of people who have either been affected by mental illness themselves or have family or friends who have experienced mental illness.
NAMI Tallahassee is the local affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) serving Leon and surrounding counties. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s leading voice on mental illness. NAMI includes over 1,200 affiliates in every state who join together to meet the NAMI mission through support, advocacy, education, and research for people with mental illness, their families and friends.
NAMI Tallahassee sponsors several valuable ongoing programs for those affected my mental illness.
NAMI Basics is a free, six-session, peer-directed education program developed specifically for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental illness or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. A separate series of the six sessions is available to professional caregivers.
NAMI monthly support group meets at St. John's Episcopal Church. It is designed for families and friends, as well as indivduals living with mental illness. The group is led by NAMI trained facilitators who strive to provide an atmosphere of mutual consideration, forbearance and protection -- offering individuals the opportunity to learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, encouragement, and understanding.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-week course for family members and friends of individuals with mental illness. In May 2013, the course was added to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices. It is also recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, said to "significantly" improve coping and problem-solving abilities of family members of individuals living with mental illness.
The course is taught by NAMI certified trainers in a confidential setting. All instruction and course materials are free for class participants. The curriculum provides current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders. The series provides knowledge and skills that family members and friends need to cope better and worry less, while empowering them to navigate health care and political systems. Many family members describe the course as life - changing.