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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NH, a grassroots organization of families, consumers, professionals and other members dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons of all ages affected by mental illness or serious emotional disorders through education, support and advocacy.
Education is at the heart of what we do. We provide public education and training, bringing accurate information about mental illness and suicide prevention to families, communities and service providers throughout New Hampshire.
Families and friends of those coping with mental illness can participate in educational programs designed to help them gain a greater understanding of mental illness, cope better, worry less and feel newly empowered to advocate for better treatment and services for their loved one. Our programs are taught by trained family members who have experience living with mental illness.
Parents Meeting the Challenge is an 8 session program forparents and primary caregivers of children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders. Family-to-Family is a 12-session program for family and friends who have an adult in their life with mental illness.
Side by Side is an 8-session program for families and caregivers of older adults diagnosed with mental illness.
NAMI NH builds and helps maintain strong support networks throughout the state that are made up of people who have "been there" - they have personal experience with mental illness. Families and friends can participate in Support Groups that provide education and hope.
NAMI NH offers an Information & Resource Line (800-242-6264) that provides response to inquiries with general information on mental illnesses, NAMI NH programs and support groups and referrals to much needed resources. In addition, we offer one-on-one, time limited support to families.
Presentation programs like In Our Own Voice, given by trained individuals who have struggled with mental illness and are in recovery, and Life Interrupted, given by family members who have a loved one affected by mental illness, gives us all greater insight into mental illness while focusing on hope and recovery. Survivors of Suicide, families who are interested in talking publicly about their own experience with surviving the death of a loved one by suicide. Suicide is a very complex issue and significant research has provided guidance on how to talk about suicide in a safe manner, in a way that will not increase the risk for those who are vulnerable.
Advocacy NAMI NH advocates for improved access to services and social supports, early intervention and science-based practices that promote recovery, and build skills and resilience.
Connect Suicide Prevention Program is a nationally-recognized, best practice training program that increases the competence and confidence of professionals and communities to respond to suicide events.
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