NAMI Omaha is a non-profit organization composed of consumers, family members, professionals, and friends who have come together to share and take comfort in the commonality of their experiences and to educate members of their communities about serious brain disorders. Along with education and support, NAMI Omaha actively advocates at the local, state and national levels to improve the services, and the lives of those affected by mental illness, and their families.
Our Family to Family program is a free course for family members, partners, and friends of individuals with mental illness/brain disorder. This course consists of 12 classes (one lesson per week) structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with mental illness. It includes information about mental illnesses, medications, coping, resources, problem solving, empathy and family communications.
NAMI Basics is a free education program for parents and adolescents living with mental illness. The course consists of six classes (2 and a half hours each). It is taught by trained teachers who are the caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness before the age of 13 years.
NAMI Omaha is a proud sponsor of CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) training. This program provides police officers with 40 hours of training on how to handle tense calls involving people in a mental health crisis.
Our newest program is called Ending the Silence. This is a 50 minute mental health awareness program for high school youth, presented in individual classrooms. Teens learn to recognize the early warning signs of mental illness and what to do if they or someone they know is exhibiting these signs. NAMI Ending the Silence instills a message of hope and recovery and encourages teens to reduce stigma and end the silence surrounding mental illness.
NAMI Omaha also offers support groups. Some are "connection" support groups geared towards people living with mental health conditions. Others are Family to Family support groups geared toward family members who deal with a loved one with a mental health condition.
All of these programs are run by volunteers.