What We Do

ADVOCACY – EDUCATION – SUPPORT

Advocacy.   NAMI New Mexico helps shape public policy in our state for individuals with mental illness and their families.  Our Legislative Committee stays abreast of bills impacting mental health care in our state and they help ensure the views NAMI New Mexico’s members are effectively communicated to our state legislators.  We also advocate through hosting and participating in a wide variety of community events related to mental health. NAMI New Mexico provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and training, with programs such as Smarts for Advocacy, to help them transform their passion and lived experience into effective grassroots advocacy.

Support.  Through our affiliates, NAMI New Mexico offers regularly scheduled family and peer support groups.  The NAMI Family Support Group is for individuals 18 years and older who are family members or caregivers, or who care about a loved one who is living with a mental health condition. Family Support Group is a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope for anyone with a loved one experiencing a mental health challenge.  Our peer support group is called Connection and is a support group for individuals 18 and older living with a mental health condition.  In Connection, people looking for help with their own recovery will learn from each other’s experiences, share coping strategies, and give and receive encouragement and understanding.  Peers who have similar lived experiences as those attending the group lead all of our support groups.  We follow a NAMI-approved, structured model that ensures everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.

Education.  NAMI New Mexico affiliates throughout the state offer communities a wide range of education and presentation programs:  NAMI Family-to-Family is a 12-week evidence-based class for families, partners and friends of individuals living with a mental health condition. NAMI Homefront is a similar program but focused on helping family members of veterans.  Family and Friends is a four-hour seminar based largely on the Family to Family for people who need some helpful information but can’t commit to a 12-week course.  Peer-to-Peer is an 8-session program for individuals looking for information to help with their own recovery.  We offer several presentation programs aimed at informing and educating the community.  In Our Own Voice is a unique public education program in which two trained peer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness, their path to recovery, and their coping strategies.  NAMI Ending the Silence is a presentation program for our schools in which audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if a loved one is showing warning signs of a mental health condition.  Also, NAMI New Mexico was one of 8 states to pilot a new presentation program called “Sharing your Story with Law Enforcement” in which a team of both family members and peers provide an effective presentation to Law Enforcement, often as part of their crisis intervention training, to help them understand what living with a mental health condition is like, both from a personal and a family perspective.