Community Programs


Programs for the Community

One in four. We’ve all heard the statistics. What that means is EVERYONE is affected by mental illness. Whether you are experiencing a mental health condition, caring for a loved one, or know someone who is living with a mental illness, we are all affected in some way. NAMI believes that anyone can understand the fundamentals of mental illness, and we are available to provide presentations and programs to community groups upon request.

Contact Susan Harrington at or (412) 366-3788 for scheduling and information.

Mental Health First Aid

An 8-hour training which introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and how to assist an individual who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Audiences that would benefit from this type of training: school personnel, college university leaders, leaders in faith community, first responders, employer, employees, higher education staff , faculty and peers and any individual working with youth and younger adults.

As a part of the SW Mental Health First Aid Collaborative, NAMI Southwestern PA offers several modules of Mental Health First Aid Courses including, Public Safety, Youth MHFA (ages 12-18) and Higher Education (ages 18-24).

For more information download: MHFA and Youth Mental Health First Aid .

NAMI In Your Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes through the power of personal stories. This free, 90-minute, interactive presentation provides audiences a first-hand account what its like to live with a mental health diagnosis while offering hope and providing insight into the recovery now possible for people with mental illness.

NAMI IOOV presentations provide:

  • A first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
  • A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that hope and recovery is possible for individuals who have a mental health diagnosis.

This presentation is appropriate for peer groups, community organizations, educational settings and mental health professionals. Download an In Our Own Voice flyer for more information. If you would like to host a presentation for your group, please contact Susan Harrington at 412-366-3788 or

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy: Telling your Story

A 6.5-hour skill-building workshop that assists individuals with developing an effective way to tell their stories and present the facts to encourage legislative action. The curriculum includes three main components and can be presented individually: Telling your Story, Contacting your Policymaker and Meeting your Policymaker.

Customized Presentations

We offer customized presentations tailored to your group upon request.

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