NAMI NC Programs

NAMI North Carolina is committed to raising awareness and increasing people’s understanding of mental illness.

At the state level, we provide public education workshops, webinars on specific issues, and provide the free program leader training that allows local NAMI affiliates to provide NAMI programs! In North Carolina, affiliates across the state offer the programs listed below:


Educational Programs:

  • Family-to-Family is a free, 8 session course taught by two trained volunteer teachers who themselves have a family member or loved one with a mental illness. In 2013, Family-to-Family was added to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
  • NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or who have already been diagnosed. In the NAMI Basics program you’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they’re getting medical care.
  • NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions. Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country.
  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 8-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery.
  • NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a free workshop that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.


There are two types of NAMI Support Groups. Both are peer-led, confidential and free of charge.

  • NAMI Family Support Groups are local meetings of family members, caregivers, friends, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Participants can talk frankly about their challenges and help one another through their learned wisdom.
  • NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups are peer-based mutual support groups that meet for 90 minutes of safe, confidential personal sharing in a flexible group setting. The groups are open to any adult living with a mental illness and are designed to connect, encourage, and support participants using a structured support group model. The meetings are led by trained Support Group Facilitators living in recovery themselves.


NAMI NC is dedicated to helping people and groups in North Carolina to improve their understanding of mental health. We offer the following presentations to you at no cost. 

  • In Our Own Voice is a unique presentation in which two trained speakers share their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and achieving recovery.
  • Ending the Silence is a 50-minute mental health presentation for middle and high school aged youth available at no-cost to schools, youth clubs, and youth groups. It is presented by a trained group consisting of:
    • A young adult living with a mental health challenge, age 18-35
    • An adult living in recovery with mental illness or family member of an individual living with mental illness

If you are interested in a setting up a presentation, please fill out this NAMI NC Speaker Request Form and return to

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NAMI Program Leader Training

Become a NAMI program leader so you can teach a class, facilitate a support group, or present your story. Program leaders bring an important peer perspective to classes, groups, and events.  If you have participated in a NAMI program and would like to explore becoming a teacher, trained facilitator, or presenter, please contact

Click here for applications and more information on how to become a NAMI NC Program Leader.

Click here to view the NAMI NC Program Leader Training Calendar