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Innovative Programs Targeting Youth and Young Adults Living with Mental Illness and their Families
This catalog of programs and activities is designed to allow NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates to learn about programs in the field that focus on youth and young adults. The programs listed include those developed by NAMI at all levels of the organization and other programs and activities developed outside of NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates. This listing of programs will be updated periodically so please send programs that your organization has available, but that are not listed, to Jessica Hart at

Informational Sheet: Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Programs and Activities
NAMI is developing a catalog of programs and activities that NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates have available for children, adolescents and young adults (18-25 years old). We would like to include your programs and activities in our catalog. Use this form to describe what you have for children, adolescents and young adults impacted by mental illness.

NAMI Beginnings - Spring 2012 - Issue #20
This issue of Beginnings focuses on young adults and mental health.

A Family Guide: Integrating Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care
This new guide provides families with a better understanding of what integrated care is and what it can mean for their child's improved health. It offers families help and hope in finding the best comprehensive care for their child.

Check out the Spring 2011 Issue of NAMI's Beginnings Magazine
Issue #18 focuses on early identification and intervention.

CIT for Youth Full Manual

The Winter 2010 Issue of NAMI's Beginnings Magazine Is Now Available!
Issue #17 of Beginnings focuses on the mental healh needs of military children and families.

Family Guide on Adolescent Depression
NAMI's family guide on What Families Need to Know about Adolescent Depression.

NAMI Beginnings - Fall 2010 - Issue 16
Issue #16 of Beginnings focuses on back to school issues, including accessing school-based services and supports and developing an effective Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Urban Institute: State Mental Health Systems for Children
View the Urban Institute's report on State Mental Health Systems for Children.

NAMI Beginnings - Summer 2010 - Issue 15
Issue #15 of Beginnings focuses on young adults and ADHD.

A Focus Group Report: A Conversation with CIT Trained School Resource Officers
A focus group report that outlines the valuable feedback, input and thoughts School Resource Officers provided during a focus group NAMI hosted in Lake Charles, La. The report includes recommendations on topics that NAMI believes should be covered in CIT for Youth training and changes that should be made in schools and other child-serving systems to improve the school environment for SROs, school staff and all students, especially those living with mental health needs.

Musician William Fitzsimmons is Special Guest at "Virtual Launch Party" for Social Networking Site for Young Adults and Mental Health; Free Autographed CD to 1,000th Member
NAMI is hosting a virtual "launch party" for, a free online community for young adults, with a special music preview.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
May 6th, 2010 marks the 5th annual Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

NAMI Beginnings - Fall 2009 - Issue #14
Issue #14 of NAMI's Beginnings magazine focuses on the integration of mental health and primary care.

Reinvesting in the Community: A Family Guide to Expanding Home and Community-Based Mental Health Services and Supports

Reinvertir en la Comunidad: Guía Familiar para Expandir Servicios y Apoyos de Salud Mental Basados en el Hogar y la Comunidad

Supporting Schools and Communities in Breaking the Prison Pipeline: A Guide to Emerging and Promising Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth

Parents and Teachers as Allies Monograph in Spanish

A Resource for Families Considering Residential Treatment Programs for Their Children