September is Suicide Prevention Month — a time to raise awareness and discuss this highly stigmatized topic. In addition to shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is ensuring that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.
NAMI Seattle ofrece grupos de apoyo de salud mental, clases y presentaciones en español. Todos los programas de NAMI son gratuitos. No necesita proporcionar documentos de identificación para participar en un programa de NAMI. NAMI Seattle mantiene confidencial cualquier información de contacto compartida con nosotros.
“It was during the worst of these times that I reached out to the NAMI Helpline and got the days and times of the support groups. I began going either by myself or with a family member. Listening to others with the same condition gave me strength and added insight.” – Denise, Helpline Volunteer
Estas presentaciones gratuitas brindan una perspectiva personal sobre las condiciones de salud mental a medida que los líderes con experiencia vivida hablan con franqueza sobre cómo es tener una condición de salud mental.
“I took the class and wished I had taken it years ago (and hope my entire family will take it). I found my learnings have been so helpful in my interactions with my loved ones, so I wanted to be a part of giving more people the chance to take the class by jumping in as a volunteer” – Kelsey
Advocacy, education, and support for people impacted by mental health conditions in Washington’s Seattle area
Filling Gaps in Mental Health
NAMI Seattle’s presentations, classes and support groups bridge the gap when medical models fail to meet our needs. We have over 40 years of experience elevating stories of lived experience and shining a spotlight on the unique needs of people and families navigating their own mental health journey.
For People with Mental Health Conditions
For Friends and Family Members
For Professionals and Community Groups
NAMI Seattle en español
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Call or Text 988
Crisis Clinic 24-Hour Crisis Line 866-427-4747
NAMI SEATTLE PROGRAMS
Recovery Support Group
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others who’ve been there.
Family Support Group
NAMI Family Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences.
Black, Indigenous and People of Color Support Group
Open to all BIPOC individuals looking for mental health support and connection.
NAMI SEATTLE PROGRAMS
Classes & Presentations
Family-to-Family / De Familia a Familia
NAMI Family-to-Family (available in Spanish as De Familia a Familia) is a free, 8-session educational program for family, partners and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.
Ending the Silence
NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students, parents/caregivers, and teachers about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs.
In Our Own Voice
NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes about people with mental health conditions. These 40- 60- or 90-minute presentations provide a personal perspective of mental illness, as presenters with lived experience talk openly about what it’s like to live with a mental health condition.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 8-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.
You are not alone
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Ready to Make a Difference?
Volunteers are the heart of NAMI Seattle! Directly work with those impacted by mental health conditions or help behind the scenes. Your gift of time and talent keeps our programs free and available!
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Host A Training
NAMI Seattle offers online interactive trainings for your staff, community group, or leadership team on a variety of mental health topics. Typical trainings are between 1-2.5 hours as either a stand-alone session or a 2-3 session series. Learn more >
Become A Member
Become a member of NAMI Seattle and add your name to the list of thousands raising their voices to demand services, support, and respect for the millions affected by mental health conditions.
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Join Eleanor's Circle
In honor of Eleanor Owen, Founder of NAMI Seattle and Co-Founder of NAMI, we invite you to continue her cause by becoming a sustaining NAMI Seattle member. A monthly recurring gift honors her commitment and sustains her legacy. Learn More >
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