Education Classes

Across the country, thousands of trained NAMI volunteers bring peer-led classes to a wide variety of community settings, from churches to schools to NAMI Affiliates. With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these classes provide outstanding free education, skills training, and support. Prior registration is required, but there is no cost to participate in these courses.

NAMI Basics is a 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. This program is free to participants, 99% of whom say they would recommend the program to others. Currently, NAMI Basics is only available online through NAMI Basics OnDemand.

Nami Family to Family

NAMI Family-to-Family is an 8-session course for families, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental health conditions, increase coping skills, and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. This program was designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA.

Peer to Peer NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an 8-session course for adults (18+) with mental health conditions. The course is designed to encourage growth, healing, and recovery among participants. Register for NAMI Peer-to-Peer here.

*COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to coronavirus-related concerns, NAMI Greenville will be hosting the next Peer-to-Peer course virtually. This 8-week course will begin on Sunday, January 17th and end on Sunday, March 7th, 2021. The classes will be held from 2:00-4:00 PM every Sunday during that period. Please reach out to tammy@namigreenvillesc.org if you are interested. Participation is free, but registration is required!

NAMI Homefront is a 6-session class for families, caregivers, and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. This course is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country.

We are not currently offering any in-person classes. However, registration is now open for online NAMI Homefront. The course will run from early October through mid-November. Visit nami.org/homefront to learn more and to register.

The lack of mental health crisis services across the U.S. has resulted in law enforcement officers serving as first responders to most crises. A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an innovative, community-based approach to improve the outcomes of these encounters.

In over 2,700 communities nationwide, CIT programs create connections between law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency services and individuals with mental illness and their families. Through collaborative community partnerships and intensive training, CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis and ensures officer and community safety.

To learn more, visit our CIT page or contact Marty Wilkes at marty.wilkes@namisc.org or (864) 324-2176.

Coming Soon….

NAMI Family & Friends is a seminar (available in 4-hour or 90-minute format) that informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Seminar leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions in their families.