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 training that allows local NAMI affiliates to provide NAMI programs! In North Carolina, affiliates across the state offer the following programs:

Educational Programs:

  • Family-to-Family is a free, 12-week 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 whom 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, 10-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 series of three 1-2 hour workshops that help people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.
Find a program in your area.

NAMI Program Trainer

Become a NAMI program trainer so you can teach a class or run a support group. 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 trained facilitator or presenter, please contact Seth Maid, Director of Programs, at with any questions.

Available online the 2017 NAMI NC Training Calendar.


  • 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.
  • Parents and Teachers as Allies is a free, on-site presentation led by a team from your community consisting of a young adult with a mental health condition, a parent and a teacher. The 90-minute program is designed to:
    • Understand the difference between “bad behavior” and symptoms of a mental health condition.
    • Recognize early warning signs.
    • Communicate and partner with families effectively.
    • Link to community services quickly.
    • Create a supportive learning environment for all students.