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NAMI Ending The Silence

COMING SOON TO A SCHOOL NEAR YOU!

NAMI New Mexico, through are local affiliates, is thrilled to announce that we will soon be offering a wonderful new presentation program to students, staff and families to our local public schools – for free! NAMI Ending The Silence (ETS) is a NAMI National Signature program in which two presenters share important information about mental health that includes how to see the warning signs of mental illness, facts and statistics, and how to get help for yourself or a friend. One of the presenters will be a young adult who will share their journey of recovery.

The ETS program is designed to  help students, staff and families better understand mental illness. To that end, the ETS will be available in three “flavors:”

ETS for Students  is a 50-minute presentation for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and information on how to get help for themselves or their friends. ETS has been shown to be effective in changing students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and to reduce the stigma surrounding getting help.

“I’m really grateful and glad that you talked to us. I often feel very alone or weird because many kids my age don’t understand. But, now I’m sure they would be more supportive of me.” -Student

ETS for School Staff is a 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics related to mental health conditions. It includes information on how to approach and work with students and families when mental health is a concern.

“It is amazing what just one day, one talk can do. You never really know what’s going on in the brain of any particular student.” -Teacher

ETS for families is a 1-hour presentation for adults with children in middle or high school. The presentation includes discussions of warning signs, facts and statistics, and how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff.

“Amazing presentation with amazing presenters! You 100% erased any stigma I used to associate with mental illness.” -Family member

 

For more information, or to host a NAMI Ending the Silence Presentation at your school, contact our ETS Coordinator:

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Family to Family

Registration for NAMI’s Family to Family Spring 2020 Course is now open.  Unfortunately, registration for the current class, which started Sept 5th 2019, is now closed as that class is full.  However, we are now taking new registrations for the next Family to Family class, expected to start early spring 2020 (exact date still TBD).  Slots are filled on a first-come first-served basis.

Family-to-Family is a free 12-week class for families, partners and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. 

NAMI Family-to-Family is a designated evidenced-based program by SAMHSA. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.  

Start Date:  Spring 2020 (Exact date TBD)

We cannot accept walk-ins.  Registration is required.  Please call Cy Stanton 505-321-4522 for details and to register

Mental Health Awareness Night at Isotopes Park

We were able to spark so many conversations with all the green ribbons we handed out during the Isotopes game on May 29th (Mental Health Awareness Night)! We were thrilled with how many people in the community stopped by our booth to discuss mental health, find resources, and learn how to get involved. 

3 school-age children hug Orbit, Isotopes Park mascot, as NAMI volunteers watch from the booth

The Green Ribbon campaign aims to promote open conversations regarding mental health and to challenge the stigmas that come with it.

Dedicated NAMI-Albuquerque volunteers staffing the booth

Great game!

Mental Health Awareness Night!

Join us at the Isotopes Park for Mental Health Awareness Night! The Albuquerque Isotopes will play the Reno Aces!

NAMI Walks 2019

A rousing success! NAMI Walks 2019 was held Saturday May 11th be at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. The event was a rousing success and Senator Tom Udall kicked off the Walk at 8:45. Nancy Domenici was also in attendance. We ended up exceeding our goal of $135 Thousand.  Keep an eye out for our NAMI Walk next May 2020 – Be ready to start a team or join a team and help us do even better in 2020!

There were hot air balloons, a climbing wall and even a car show with about 40 cars participating! Of course there were lots of tables from providers and partners in our community with loads of information about resources. Thanks to all who participated and volunteered to make this year’s walk a great success. Special thanks to Sharon Orchard, this year’sWalk Manager! Great job, Sharon!

Terese Garcia sing the National Anthem
Senator Tom Udall kicks off the walk

Nancy Domenici has always been a huge supporter of NAMI! We were grateful to have her in attendance!

Nancy Domenici chats with a walker

A Tribute Video (Watch Full Screen)