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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:


Our board is elected during our state conference. They meet every-other month to direct the course of our organization.

Our public policy committee keeps the legislative process in their site. NAMI Indiana PPC follows what laws are being changed and looks to change laws. Members of this committee will testify at hearings and meet with legislators to provide an understanding of living with mental illness. This group meets once a month.

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.

In our Own Voice volunteers get the opportunity to share their story of living in recovery. IOOV presenters talk to various groups to help end the stigma associated with mental illnesses. People who hear an IOOV presentation are able to leave with the knowledge that mental illnesses are treatable.

Family-to-Family is a 12 week educational class for families or  caregivers of someone living with a mental illness. Facilitators are trained by NAMI Indiana staff . Two trained facilitator will lead classes in their local community.

Peer-to-Peer is a 10 week educational class that helps people who are in or looking to live in recovery with their mental illness. As a facilitator you and another person will lead the class in learning ways to cope and maintain recovery. Peer-to-Peer facilitators are trained through NAMI Indiana.

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.

The Consumer Council is made up of NAMI members from around the state who are living with a mental illness and works to advance the involvement of NAMI members with personal lived experience. 

General Volunteer: 
NAMI Indiana holds several annual events that always need extra hands. Contact our office for more information. 
Family Education


Support for Persons with a Mental Illness



Family Support



Lived Experience



Education for Persons Living with a Mental Illness