National Alliance on Mental Illness offers Family-to-Family peer education program



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Yvette Thompson and Betty Johnson will lead the upcoming Family-to-Family peer education group, sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (

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Volunteer with NAMI

National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeast Colorado is a nonprofit organization that provides support, education and advocacy throughout southeastern Colorado on behalf of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

NAMI is looking for individuals who have lived the experience to volunteer with upcoming presentations and programs.

“We need more people who have mental illness that are in recovery who will come to us for training for different programs,” said Mary Derbort, the education coordinator for Fremont County. “We need more (family members) to do our other programs, as well.”

NAMI “In Our Own Voice” is a presentation for any group of people seeking to learn more about mental illness. Two trained individuals will share their personal stories about living with a mental illness and achieving recovery.

“Ending the Silence” is a presentation for middle and high school students given by a young person and family member who share their stories to raise awareness and change perceptions.

Additionally, a NAMI family support group will be restarted if there is enough interest within the community.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, or possibly taking part in an ongoing support group, call 719-315-4975 or email [email protected].

The NAMI Family-to-Family peer support group balances basic education and skill-training with emotional support, coping strategies and empowerment for those who have loved ones living with a mental illness.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeast Colorado will host its signature, evidence-based, 12-week Family-to-Family course beginning Oct. 4. This course is for family members and caregivers of those who have mental illness. Attendees will learn about mental health conditions, current treatments and therapies, problem-solving and communication skills, coping strategies for worry and stress, advocating for a family member and much more.