For Families

February 21, 2016

FREE Resilience Screening and Ending the Silence Webinars

Resilience is a new documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. You’ll learn how toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. 

NAMI’s Ending the Silence (ETS) is a 60- minute presentation that helps raise awareness around mental health conditions. The presentation includes:

  • Warning signs 
  • Facts and statistics of mental health conditions
  • Suicide awareness and prevention 
  • How to approach your student

Please register at:

9/8 | Part A: Resilience*

9/10 | Part B: Ending the Silence | 12-1pm

9/10 | Part B: Ending the Silence | 7-8pm

9/18 | Part A: Resilience*

9/22 | Part B: Ending the Silence | 4-5pm

9/22 | Part B: Ending the Silence | 7-8pm

10/7 | Part A: Resilience*

10/10 | Part B: Ending the Silence | 10-11am

10/24 | Part A: Resilience*

10/28 | Part B: Ending the Silence: | 9-10am

10/28 | Part B: Ending the Silence | 7-8 pm

*On Demand for 48 hours beginning at 8am

NAMI Ending the Silence for Families:

NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions, suicide awareness and prevention, and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations include two presenters: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.

  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, suicide awareness and prevention, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff
  • Parent Refresh: a free 30-minute interactive session that can be added to the end of ETS for Families. It will empower parents and caregivers to support their child’s mental health by encouraging personal mental wellness, providing strategies that promote mental health at home, and providing connections with other caregivers and community resources.

As the result of Covid-19, we will be offering this presentation as a webinar. The current schedule is:

Ending the Silence for College Parents:


Monday, 8/17/20, 12 – 1 pm
Register by clicking here

Monday, 9/14, 20, 12-1 pm
Register by clicking here

Ending the Silence for College Students:

Wednesday, 8/19/20, 10-11 am
Register by clicking here

Wednesday, 9/16/20, 10-11 am
Register by clicking here


Please download the Housekeeping Tips prior to the webinar:

To schedule a presentation contact Paige Selking at paige.selking@namisc.org


Additional resources for families can be found in the resource section.

Family-to-Family

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of an adult experiencing symptoms of mental illness. The course is taught once a week by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it’s like to have a loved one living with one of the brain disorders.

Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain and addictive disorders is provided. Up-to-date information about medications, current research related to the biology of brain disorders, workshops on problem solving, listening and communication techniques, acquiring strategies for handling crises and relapse, gaining empathy for the person experiencing symptoms of mental illness, care for the family member, and advocacy initiatives are covered.

Registration is required. Contact your local affiliate for upcoming courses.

NAMI Basics

The NAMI Basics Education Program is a free course for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents experiencing symptoms of mental illness. The course is taught by trained teachers who are the parents or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of thirteen.

The course includes current information about Attention Deficit Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Childhood Schizophrenia, and Substance Abuse Disorders. Current research related to the biology of mental illness and most effective treatment strategies available, including medications used to treat mental illness in children and adolescents, is covered. Specific workshops to learn problem solving, listening and communication skills are taught. Information about the school and mental health system, personal record keeping, planning for crisis management and relapse, locating appropriate supports and services in the community, and advocacy issues are provided.

Registration is required. Contact your local affiliate for upcoming courses.

Family Support Group

The NAMI Family Support Group is for family members of individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness. The group is led by trained support group facilitators who know what it’s like to have a loved one living with a brain disorder. The NAMI Support Group Model operates differently than other, more traditional ‘share and care’ groups. The model offers a set of key structures and group processes to use in common support group scenarios. They encourage participation by the entire group.

Some affiliates do not have separate support groups for family members and consumers. In this case, the groups may be combined. Contact your local affiliate for support group dates, times, and locations.