Welcome to NAMI Indiana, our State Organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We are a grassroots public charity helping people living with serious mental illnesses, their families and friends. We support local NAMI Affiliates, train volunteer leaders, provide continuing education for professionals, and advocate for systems change at the state level. Please explore to learn more about our mission and impact.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Class coming in 2015

posted Dec 3, 2014, 1:53 PM by Linda Williams   [ updated Dec 10, 2014, 8:32 AM ]

Youth Mental Health First Aid - February 10, 2015 - 8 am to 5 pm
Larue Carter Hospital, 2601 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222
Cost - $50 includes book

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?
The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.), but is being tested for appropriateness within older adolescent groups (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction. In January 2013, President Obama recommended training for teachers in Mental Health First Aid. The core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to more than 100,000 people across the USA, including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.


Mental Health First Aid - October 21 and November 18, 2014

posted Jul 3, 2014, 8:48 AM by Linda Williams

NAMI Indiana is offering two more Mental Health First Aid courses. MHFA is an education program for front-line professionals that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports.

We will offer the 8 hour course on Tuesday, October 21 and November 18, 2014. Read more about the program, if it's a good fit for your organization or career, and how you can register.

Mental Health First Aid Coming in May

posted Mar 28, 2014, 2:35 PM by Joshua Sprunger   [ updated Mar 28, 2014, 3:37 PM ]


NAMI Indiana is now certified to teach Mental Health First Aid, a public education program for front-line professionals that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports.

NAMI Indiana will offer a course in May, split into two four-hour sessions on May 14 and May 21. Read more about the program, if it's a good fit for your organization or career, and how you can register.

Join With Us!

posted Feb 20, 2014, 7:01 AM by Leslie Gay   [ updated Feb 20, 2014, 9:55 AM by Joshua Sprunger ]

Meet two of our program leaders, who graciously share their stories:

Annie

Ray

Learn more about how a donation to NAMI Indiana or becoming a member of NAMI can make a difference.

CIT Working in Fort Wayne

posted Jan 17, 2014, 11:08 AM by Joshua Sprunger   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 11:16 AM ]


Bottom line: CIT works. The numbers are in, and Fort Wayne Police Department CIT officers responded to more than 1500 calls in 2013. Those officers used force only 22 times, and made just seven arrests. We congratulate and thank FWPD and the entire CIT coalition in Allen County for their work, and for being a model of what CIT coalitions can accomplish for those they serve.
Want more information? Explore all of FWPD's 2013 CIT statistics.

Star Coverage of Indiana's Children's Mental Health Intiative

posted Jan 16, 2014, 1:46 PM by Joshua Sprunger   [ updated Jan 16, 2014, 2:12 PM ]


NAMI Indiana was quoted in an Indy Star article about Indiana's new Children's Mental Health Initiative. This new program gets mental health treatment services to children in families who don't qualify for Medicaid, and for those whose private insurance falls short. Our organization has been talking with DMHA and DCS about these issues for some time, and we believe this is an important step in the right direction.
Click here to read the article, and send us some feedback at info@namiindiana.org, or tweet us at @namiindiana.

No Affiliate Support Call Today

posted Jan 1, 2014, 8:47 AM by Joshua Sprunger   [ updated Jan 1, 2014, 8:48 AM ]


Today's Affiliate Support Call has been cancelled because of the holiday. Affiliate and Program Leaders: watch your inbox for an announcement about the time and date of January's call. Thanks.

Save the Date: NAMI Indiana State Legislature Meet & Greet

posted Oct 24, 2013, 6:58 PM by Joshua Sprunger   [ updated Dec 2, 2013, 1:33 PM ]


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Each year, NAMI Indiana coordinates an event at the Indiana Statehouse when advocates and Indiana policymakers meet to build relationships, share stories, and discuss some of the most important issues facing those affected by serious mental illnesses.

Our 2014 Meet & Greet will convene on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Please hold this date on your calendar. More information is coming soon. In the meantime, feel free to call or write with questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

CIT in Muncie

posted Apr 30, 2013, 6:55 AM by Joshua Sprunger   [ updated Dec 2, 2013, 1:34 PM ]


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training has come to Muncie, Indiana for the first time. A broad coalition is holding a groundbreaking training this week. Evidence shows this step will increase public and officer safety, and help people living with serious mental illnesses to find treatment, rather than incarceration.

We are proud to partner on this project with NAMI Delaware County, the Muncie Police Department, the Ball State Police Department, the Delaware County Sheriff's Department, Meridian Health Services, and Ball State's Criminal Justice and Criminology Department.


MHAI Update on General Assembly Completion

posted Apr 29, 2013, 8:36 AM by Joshua Sprunger   [ updated Dec 2, 2013, 1:36 PM ]


Mental Health America of Indiana provides great summary of victories and unresolved issues from the Indiana General Assembly's 2013 session, including:
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Budget
  • Immediate Detention Statute
  • Summer Study of Children's Mental Health and CIT
  • Seclusion and Restraint
  • School Resource Officers
  • Criminal Code Reform and Community Corrections

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