As a grassroots charity, NAMI Indiana relies on volunteers to provide support to families and people living with mental illnesses, as well as decrease stigma. Our volunteers work to advocate for legal and system changes and work in cities across the state. We are able to accomplish many goals because of the steadfast help of our volunteers. There are many ways to get involved:
DOC volunteers talk to new hires at five of Indiana's state prisons. Volunteers tell their personal story of living with or caring for someone who has a mental illness. This program helps to gives the newly hired employees the empathy needed to work with inmates living with mental illnesses. Volunteers are trained to tell their story and are not expected to be experts.
NAMI Family support group is for families and friends of people who are living with a mental illness. Various Support groups are held all around the state and are offered free to adults. Facilitators are trained by NAMI Indiana staff to help families problem solve and provide an empathetic ear.
Connects is a support group for people living with mental illnesses. Various Connections support groups are held all over the state. As a Connections facilitator you must have a diagnosed mental illness and be living in recovery. NAMI Indiana holds an annual training to become a support group facilitator.
For information on any of these groups or programs contact 800-677-6442.
Even if you are not ready to volunteer, you can always make your voice heard. By simply talking openly about mental illnesses you are helping to end stigma and spread awareness. You can always do something!