Do you have experience supporting a child with mental health issues?


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


6600 York RoadSuite 204Baltimore, MD 21212


The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Volunteers are needed to serve as teachers for NAMI's Basics education course. This is a free, 6-week class for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who are affected by mental illness. The course is taught by 2 volunteer Teachers who provide information about the impact of mental illness on the family, as well as treatment, support, coping, and navigating child serving systems.

Role Requirements:
▪ Personal experience as a parent or caregiver of a child with a mental illness before the age of 13
▪ Complete a 3-day training program provided by NAMI. Available weekends only.
▪ Current member of NAMI, or willingness to join
▪ Volunteers are encouraged to teach the course at least twice in the 2 years following completion of training. The course meets for 2.5 hours for 6 consecutive weeks.

Volunteer Responsibilities:
▪ Maintain confidentiality of course participants
▪ Work cooperatively with a co-teacher to conduct the courses
▪ Coordinate classes with Program Director, including completion of all required paperwork
▪ Complete online refresher course every 2 years
▪ Assist with planning and outreach for the course


  • Public Speaking
  • Mental Health
  • People Skills
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Community Outreach
  • Children Medical Services

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks
  • ▪ Personal experience as a parent or caregiver of a child with a mental illness before the age of 13

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