NAMI Support Groups
Billings - please check the NAMI Billings website for additional information.
- NAMI Connection Support Group (for peers only) - Sundays from 3:00- 4:30 p.m. and Thursday from 1:00-2:30 pm. For more information about this group please call the NAMI Billings office at 256-2001
- Youth Support Groups.There are 1 group for ages 14-18. The group meets every other Wednesday. For questions at the NAMI office, 256-2001.
- Family Support Group: Every Tuesday and Thursday 7:00-8:30 PM. Please call 256-2001 for more information
- NAMI Basics:- scheduled to start April 17th. The class will be every Monday from 6:15pm-8:45pm for six weeks Please call the NAMI Billings office at 256-2001 for more information.
- Family-to-Family Education Class will start September 13, 2016 from 6:00-8:30 PM and will be held every Tuesday for 12 weeks. Registration for the class will end September 12, 2016. For more information and registration, please contact Shawna Lockhart at 406-223-3124
- NAMI Basics class will start May 2, 2017 and will be held every Tuesday for 6 weeks from 6:00-8:30. Registration will end April 25, 2017. Please contact Renee McLendon at 406-539-2574 for more information and to register.
- Peer Connections Support Group- Please get a hold of Alicia Smith for information about the support group at 406-579-2420.
- Family Support Group is held the first Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Bozeman Health Group (hospital) in the Sapphire Room.
- Support Group meets the second Monday of each month from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Center for Mental Health, 915 1st Ave So. For more information and/or questions please call Diane at 868-2448.
- Family-to-Family Education Class will start March 23rd. Please contact Diane Long at 406-868-2448 for more information and to register.
- Family Support Group - NAMI Helena has two Family Support Groups
- Third Wednesday of each month at the MHA building, 2625 Winnie Ave from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Contact Eric at 406-461-1168 for more information.
- NAMI Connection Peer Support Group - This group meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Rocky Mountain Development Center. For more information, contact Quentin Schroeter at 443-7871.
- Family-to-Family Education Class- will start February 16, 2017. Registration deadline for this free education class is February 12, 2017. Please contact Sandra Mihelish at 406-458-9738 for more information and/or to register.
- The Parent Support Group is led by Jill Henry. This group does not utilize one of NAMI's specific group structures, but they have been really great for a lot of parents looking for support. They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Headwaters Church 1030 Choteau from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please RSVP via email if you need childcare. Jill's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Youth Support Group is led by Jill Henry. Hope and Advocacy group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church on Benton Avenue north of Custer Avenue from 7:00-9:00 p.m. There are 3 age groups, middle school, high school, and transition age (19-25). The next meeting is 2/21! Please know we look forward to anyone struggling with bullying, anxiety, depression, etc. The next group is this Tuesday, 2/21/17. Please contact Jill Henry via email at email@example.com or 406-422-8753 for more information.
- Family Support Group -meets on the second Monday of the month at Pathways. Contact Julie Doyle for information at (406) 854-2323 or Colleen Konopatzke at 250-3795
- Peer Support Group meets on Thursdays at Wheat Montana Bakery at 2:30 PM. Contact Susan Thomas for more information at (406) 752-2353.
- NAMI Missoula - holds a weekly open meeting on Thursday mornings, 10 to noon, at the Providence Center (Room 103). Please call Jack Shifflett at (406)880-1013 for more information about the meeting.
- Connection Peer Support group - meets Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:00. Please contact (406)880-1013 for more information.
- Family Support group- meets every Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 PM, 202 Brooks Street, Room 210. Please contact Jack Shiflett at (406) 880-1013.
- NAMI Crafts: Classes will begin Wednesday September 14th and will be meet every other week. Please call (406) 880-1013 for more information about the craft classes with NAMI Missoula.
- Peer-to-Peer- will start March 6, 2017. Please contact Jack Shifflett at (406)880-1013 for more information and/or to register for the free education class.
- NAMI Bitterroot is starting a Family-to-Family education class on March 2, 2017. Please contact Donna White for more information or to register for the free education class. 406-381-9884
ARE YOU OR IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING AS A TEACHER OR FACILITATOR IN NAMI PROGRAMS? THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT OUTLINES NAMI-MT’S 2017 TRAINING SCHEDULE.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 1, 2017 FOR ALL PROGRAMS
THE TRAINING FOR THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS WILL BE HELD ON:
MAY 12-14, 2017 RADISSON COLONIAL HOTEL, HELENA, MT
ROOM, MEALS AND MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT ARE PROVIDED BY
NAMI-MT FOR THE TRAINEES IN EACH OF THE PROGRAMS
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR TRAINING STARTS 12:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY THROUGH 5:00 P.M ON A SATURDAY. THIS IS A TRAINING TO DEVELOP SUPPORT GROUPS FOR FAMILIES WHO HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS. IT IS HELPFUL FOR POTENTIAL FACLITATORS TO HAVE TAKEN THE FAMILY TO FAMILY EDUCATION COURSE, BUT NOT MANDATORY. FACILITATORS SHOULD HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS. IF YOU DON’T CURRENTLY HAVE A SUPPORT GROUP IN YOUR COMMUNITY OR IF YOU ARE TRYING TO START AN ADDITIONAL SUPPORT GROUP, WE RECOMMEND AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE FROM THE COMMUNITY ATTEND THE TRAINING. SINGLE REPLACEMENT OR SUBSITUTE FACILITATOR TRAINEES FOR SUPPORT GROUPS ALREADY ESTABLISED IN COMMUNITIES ARE WELCOME. TWO YEAR COMMITMENT. TRAINERS: COLLEEN KONOPATZKE, BOBBI FRENCH
PARENTS AND TEACHERS AS ALLIES IS A ONE DAY TRAINING STARTING 8:00 A.M. – 5:30 SATURDAY. THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO RAISE EDUCATOR’S AWARENESS OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS AND PRESENTS INFORMATION ON THE EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS; HOW MENTAL ILLNESS PRESENTS IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS AND WHAT KIND OF BEHAVIORS COULD INDICATE THE CHILD IS AT RISK. THE PROGRAM IS PRESENTED BY A PANEL OF THREE:
- ONE FAMILY MEMBER EDCATOR (SOMEONE WHO WORKS IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM) WHO HAS/HAD A FAMILY MEMBR DIAGNOSED WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS AS A CHILD OR ADOLESCENT.
- ONE PARENT WHO HAS OR HAD A CHILD/ADULT DIAGNOSED WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AS A CHILD OR ADOLESCENT
- A PERSON WITH MENTAL ILLNESS WHO WAS DIAGNOSED AS A CHILD/ADOLESCENT.
ENDING THE SILENCE IS A ONE DAY TRAINING AND FEATURES INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY MEMBERS WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY MENTAL ILLNESS, WHO VISIT HIGH SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE “REAL-LIFE” PERSPECTIVES BASED ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCES. NAMI ENDING THE SILENCE IS AN IN-SCHOOL PRESENTATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH DESIGNED FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. STUDENTS CAN LEARN ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS DIRECTLY FROM FAMILY MEMBERS AND INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS THEMSELVES.
TRAINER: ALICIA SMITH
IN OUR OWN VOICE IS A FREE, UNIQUE, PUBLIC EDUCATION PRESENTATION THAT OFFERS INSIGHT INTO THE HOPE AND RECOVERY POSSIBLE FOR PEOPOLE LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. TRAINED INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS LEAD A BRIEF, YET COMPREHENSIVEAND INTERACTIVE, PRESETATION ABOUT THEIR LIVED EXPERIENCE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. THIS TRAINING WILL GUIDE INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS THROUGH THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING THEIR STORY AND PREPARE THEM TO PRESENT THEIR STORY IN A PUBLIC SETTING. WE NEED AT LEAST TWO PRESENTERS (MORE IF POSSIBLE) FROM, INTERESTED COMMUNITIES. IF YOU HAVE BEEN TRAINED AND HAVE NOT PRESENTED FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS, WE RECOMMEND YOU ATTEND THE TRAINING AS A REFRESHER. THE TRAINING IS TWO DAYS BEGINNING FRIDAY 8:30 A.M THROUGH SATURDAY, 4:00 P.M.
TRAINERS: JACK SHIFFLETT, ZAN BOCKES
NAMI BASICS STARTS FRIDAY 3:00 THROUGH SUNDAY 12:00. THE COURSE IS TAUGHT BY A TEAM OF TWO FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE A CHILD WHO IS EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS OF MENTAL ILLNESS……….OR WHO HAVE A CHILD WHO IS OVER THE AGE OF 18 WHO DID EXPERIENCE MENTAL ILLNESS AS A CHILD. IT IS RECOMMENDED TWO PEOPLE COME FROM A COMMUNITY TO BE TRAINED TO TEACH THIS EDUCATION PROGRAM. BASICS IS A FREE 6 WEEK EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR PARENTS AND FAMILY CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN AND TEENS WHO ARE EXPERIENCEING SYMPTOMS OF A MENTAL ILLNESS OR WHOM HAVE ALREAD BEEN DIAGNOSED. NAMI BASICS IS OFFERED IN A GROUP SETTING SO PEOPLE CAN CONNECT. TRAINERS: DONNA SMITH, RUTH HOOTS
TRAINING FOR THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS WILL BE MAY 19-21,2017 RADISSON COLONIAL HOTEL, HELENA. APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 6, 2017.
FAMILY TO FAMILY TEACHER TRAINING WILL BEGIN 9:30 A.M. ON FRIDAY THROUGH 1:00 P.M. ON SUNDAY. PARTICIPANTS SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE FAMILY TO FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM, HOWEVER, SOME EXCEPTIONS MAY APPLY. TWO PEOPLE FROM AN AREA IS PREFERRED ESPECIALLY IF YOU DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE SOME TEACHERS TRAINED IN THE FAMILY TO FAMILY PROGRAM IN YOUR COMMUNITY. IF YOU HAVE BEEN TRAINED, BUT HAVE NOT TAUGHT THE COURSE FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS WE ASK THAT YOU ATTEND THE TRAINING FOR A REFRESHER. YOU ARE ASKED TO COMMIT TO THE PROGRAM FOR TWO YEARS. TRAINERS: THERESA COLE, SANDRA MIHELISH.
PEER TO PEER EDUCATION PROGRAM STARTS 9:00 A.M. FRIDAY THROUGH 5:00 P.M. ON SUNDAY. TEAMS ARE MADE UP OF TWO PERSONS WHO HAVE AND ARE IN RECOVERY FROM SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS. PEER TO PEER is a ten week (one day or night a week for two hours) experiential education course on recovery for any person with serious mental illness interested in maintaining wellness. The course uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercises and structured group processes to promote awareness, provide information and offer opportunities to reflect on the impact of mental illness for each participant. TRAINERS: KIM HAYES, JACK SHIFFLETT
PROVIDER EDUCATION INTRODUCES MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO THE UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES OF INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THIS IS A FREE 15 HOUR PROGRAM OF IN-SERVICE TRAINING TAUGHT BY A TEAM CONSISTING OF AN ADULT WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, A FAMILY MEMBER AND A MENTAL HEATLH PROFESSIONAL. IT IS RECOMMENDED YOUR COMMUNITY SEND A TEAM OF THREE (ADULT WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, A FAMILY TO FAMILY TEACHER AND A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL) TO THE TRAINING IN HELENA. TRAINING WILL BEGIN FRIDAY 9:00 THROUGH SATURDAY 12:00 NOON. TRAINER: SANDRA MIHELISH, GARY MIHELISH
NAMI CONNECTION STARTS SATURDAY MORNING 9:00 AM THROUGH SUNDAY 5:00 PM. FACILITATORS FOR THIS PROGRAM ARE INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AND AT A POINT IN RECOVERY WHERE THEY WANT TO “GIVE BACK” TO OTHERS. THE TRAINING IS DESIGNED TO HELP THEM DEVELOP THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO FACILITATE A NAMI Connection Recovery Support GROUP. TWO TRAINED FACILITATORS ARE REQUIRED TO CONDUCT SUPPORT GROUPS IN YOUR COMMUNITY. THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A PLACE TO SHARE EXPERIENCES AND USE THEM AS LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE GROUP. TRAINERS: TERRY BALL, TAMI BRANDT