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.
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 an 8 week educational class for families or caregivers of someone living with a mental illness. Facilitators are trained by NAMI Indiana staff . Two trained facilitators will lead classes in their local community.
Peer-to-Peer is an 8 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.
NAMI Indiana holds several annual events that always need extra hands. Contact our office for more information or begin with an application click here
Presenter for Criminal Justice Program at Indiana Department of Correction:
NAMI Indiana has been collaborating with the Indiana Department of Correction to bring a one-hour presentation to the training facilities for newly hired employees since 2012. The program is in place to educate the staff and reduce stigma so that those experiencing mental illness while incarcerated will have the best outcome. Two volunteers communicate openly to the audience about their personal stories. The two volunteers consist of a person living with a mental illness and also a close family member of someone living with a mental illness. Our goal is to show both perspectives to give a better understanding of how mental illness has an effect on all people that have personal contact with those individuals. There is plenty of time for questions and answers during the presentation. According to the audience evaluations that we collect after the presentations, we are making an impact.
This worthwhile project is dependent on many volunteers every month. Do you have a story to tell? Do you want to help break down stigma? Do you want to help those that are incarcerated with a mental illness get better treatment? WE NEED YOU!! We know that preparation is the key to a good presentation and also helps reduce anxiety. We have created an outline for the speakers that should be easy to follow. We do not expect or want you to be an expert on this subject. We just ask that you speak from your own experience. Please contact Linda Williams to find out how to use your voice for this project at 800-677-6442 Extension 102, 317-925-9399 Extension 102, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!