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Education Programs:
The affiliate sponsors education programs throughout the year.  Speakers are invited from local and state service agencies, mental health service providers and other advocacy groups to provide information regarding the latest treatments, services and legislative issues.  We welcome suggestions for future programming.


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. Connect to this video link regarding the course. 

To register, please complete the online registration form linked here or for more information, email Register early as the class is capped at 20 attendees (each). All teachers are volunteer and the classes are subject to their schedules. We are currently accepting applications to attend the 2015 course. 

Once your application is received, you will be contacted to determine if the course is appropriate for your needs. When we have enough participants classes will be scheduled. Family caregiver classes will meet 6 consecutive weeks for 2 1/2 hours. Professional caregivers will meet on 3 consecutive Saturdays for morning and afternoon sessions with a lunch break in between sessions.
  • Currently accepting registration for Parents and Family Caregivers class
    Class begins Saturday, July 11 - 9:00 to 11:30 AM, Six consecutive weeks

    Hancock Bank, 2453 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee

Monthly Support Group:
NAMI Tallahassee offers a monthly support group which 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. 
  • NAMI Support Group
    2nd Tuesday of each month - 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    St. John's Episcopal Church - 211 North Monroe Street
    Cobb Library, off the courtyard
 Parking is available at the rear of the church off Calhoun Street and attendees should enter through the Calhoun Street entrance of the church. A map is linked here. 

Family-to-Family Education Program: 
Registration Form: Link here to register for September 2015 class
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 National Institute of Mental Health also references the study on their website at:

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.

Classes are limited to 25 registrants.  Advance registration is required, so register early!  To register, complete and submit the above "Registration Form." or for additional information, e-mail our Family-to-Family coordinator.

We encourage you to link to NAMI National's Family-to-Family webpage for additional information regarding this outstanding course.

Sharing Hope Education Program: 
NAMI Tallahassee is the recipient of two grants (2012 and 2013) from NAMI National that partners with African American congregations.  The hallmark of Sharing Hope is a one-hour interactive presentation focusing primarily on the personal experiences and reflections of the three-person presenter team—an individual living with mental illness, a family member and a faith leader. Presenters lead participants in a discussion about the signs and symptoms of serious mental illness using the companion booklet, A Family Guide to Mental Health: What You Need to Know. The presentation emphasizes the importance of congregational support, features a selection of community resources—and ultimately demonstrates the possibilities and hope for recovery from mental illness.

Knowing that the faith community provides key support to many African American families, the vision of this initiative is to build the faith community’s support, guidance and understanding specifically for its members living with mental illness. For more information on this initiative link here or to schedule a presentation, contact

A video is linked here for a local pastor's perspective on the program

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training for Law Enforcement:
Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) in Tallahassee is sponsored by the Tallahassee Police Department, the Leon County Court Administrator's Office and NAMI Tallahassee.  CIT is a collaborative effort to help law enforcement officers handle incidents involving mentally ill people in crisis. The 40-hour training program for law enforcement includes basic information about mental illnesses and how to recognize them, information about the local mental health system, and first-hand experience from consumers and family members.  Over 375 local law enforcement, corrections and probation officers and police dispatchers have been CIT certified in Leon and surrounding counties.

The CIT program is patterend after the national model originating in Memphis, Tennessee.

Meet A Recent CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Graduating ClassCIT Graduates
Twenty-eight law enforcement officers completed the 40-hour training program for law enforcement officers in the Big Bend area.  CIT is sponsored by the Tallahassee Police Department, the Leon County Office of Court Administration and NAMI-Tallahassee. 

Thank you to Magellan Health Care for their assistance in underwriting the cost of this program and the Florida Sheriff’s Association and Appalachee Center for providing classroom space. For additional information on what CIT training means to our community.


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