National Alliance on Mental Illness

Overview:

NAMI Utah (the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Utah) educates, supports, and advocates
for individuals and families experiencing mental health conditions. All courses, support groups
and seminars are free and available online. There are options for both individuals with mental
health conditions and their family members and loved ones, including a course for teens!
Programs are led by certified volunteers who have a mental health condition or with a family
member who has one. Also available every Thursday evening are 60 and 90 minutes seminars
about mental health. For those looking for one-on-one assistance with mental health resources,
our mentors are available at 801.323.9900. For more information visit www.namiut.org.

Courses:

NAMI Family-to-Family is an 8-week course for family, partners, friends and significant others
of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members
understand and support their loved one living with a mental health condition, while
maintaining their own well-being. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also
family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with a mental health
condition.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an 8-week course that encourages growth, healing, and recovery for
adults with mental health conditions. Participants learn about mental health symptoms,
treatments, recovery strategies, resources and more.

NAMI Basics is a 6-week course for parents or caregivers of youth with mental health conditions,
where participants learn the basics of mental illness, treatment options, communication tips, and most
importantly how to advocate for their children in various systems (school, medical, disability, juvenile
justice). Classes are taught by teachers who have personal experience raising youth with mental health
conditions.

Progression is a free 6-week course for youth ages 13-18 who have a mental health condition. It
is a safe place to learn about mental health conditions, diagnosis, triggers, treatments, stigma,
safety planning, self-care, and recovery. It is taught by young adults who themselves have
experienced being a youth with a mental health condition, and who are in a good place of
recovery.

Support Groups:

Family Support Group is an empowering support group for family members, partners, and
friends of individuals living with a mental health condition.

Connection Support Group is a recovery-based support group for those living with a mental
health condition.

Seminars:

Ending the Silence is a 50-minute presentation typically given in junior high and school
classrooms by young adults who share their personal mental health stories. It offers mental
health education, suicide prevention and resources, with a focus on de-stigmatizing mental
illness. It can also be adapted for family members of youth with mental health conditions.
In Our Own Voice is a 60-minute presentation where participants hear stories of several people
who share their mental health journeys. Includes mental health education and resources.
Family-and-Friends is a 90-minute seminar focusing on supporting family members who have
loved one’s with mental health conditions. In addition to general mental health education,
participants gain a general understanding of how mental illness effects their loved one, as well
as specific hands-on tools to use to better communicate.