Answering Needs Through Training

Why do people turn to NAMI? Sometimes they are looking for support and attend NAMI Family Support Groups or NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups. Maybe they want to know more about the illness their family member is living with and so they take the Family-to-Family class. Or perhaps their organization or school wants to educate its group about mental illness and brings in Ending the Silence or In Our Own Voice speakers.

And, the good news is that our local NAMI affiliates stand ready to answer these needs . . . but they can’t do it alone. They need to have trained group facilitators, educators, and presenters available to fill these requests.

And that’s where NAMI Illinois comes in.

One of our main responsibilities is assuring that the twenty NAMI Illinois affiliates have program leaders for the services the affiliates want to offer. In 2019, our NAMI State Trainers led eight classes, preparing new leaders for Connection, Family Support Group, Family-to-Family, and In Our Own Voice. In total, there are now eighty-four more people in our affiliates leading classes and support groups and making presentations.

Plans are already underway for a rigorous state training schedule in 2020. At NAMI Illinois, we want to make sure that no need goes unmet.

For more information about upcoming training, contact Teri Latter, NAMI Illinois Program Director, at teri@namilillinois.org.