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What is NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies?
NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies is a two-hour in-service program helping school professionals identify the early warning signs of early-onset mental illnesses in children and adolescents in schools. The program focuses on the specific, age-related symptoms of mental illnesses in youth, how best to intervene, and shared the lived experiences of consumers and families. This program is designed for teachers, administrators, school health professionals, parents and others in the school community. The program is designed to target schools in urban, suburban, rural, and culturally diverse communities and the toolkit has been developed to be culturally sensitive.
The components of this education program for school professionals include:
- Welcome and Introductions – conducted by an education professional, who is also a family member.
- Early Warning Signs of Mental Illnesses Family Response – a parent or caregiver of a child with mental illness covers the predictable stages of emotional reactions.
- Living with Mental Illness - a mental health consumer that experienced the early onset of mental illness shares a view from the inside
- Group Discussion
- Closing Remarks and Evaluation
Individuals interested in starting the NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies Program must:
- Be a member of NAMI
- Be at a point in their life where they are familiar and comfortable with the emotional issues individuals and families face and feel comfortable disclosing information about their feelings regarding their life situation, and
- Be willing to outreach and educate various school communities.
To learn more about NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies see the NAMI National website or contact them directly at (703) 524-7600.