Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Getting Started with NAMI Utah

We love listening to what the community has to say and appreciate getting feedback on the programs, trainings and other offerings that NAMI Utah provides. Because we recevied a request for information about how to get started with NAMI that is what this first (well technically second) post will be about.
Here are Five Steps to take to start your experience with NAMI Utah and to get the help, hope and healing that you deserve!

Step One: Check out our website: for information about the various types of classes and support groups we offer in order to find out which is right for you. And to get a better understanding of what NAMI Utah does. (It's more than you think!)

Here is a list of classes:
BRIDGES: 10-week recovery course that brings together people who share the experience and knowledge of mental illness to empower each other with the tools to build bridges of recovery.
Family-to-Family: 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.
Connection: A weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.
Progression: A course focusing on young people between the ages of 15 and 21 who are dealing with mental health issues.
Basics: Education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses
Family Support Groups: Resource for families who have a loved one with mental illness.

Still not sure which class to take? Call NAMI Utah at 801-323-9900 to speak with a mentor about your situation and get advice, resources, information, etc.

Step Two: Attend a class in your area. Do you live in Utah County? St. George? Park City? Orem? Salt Lake? Price? We have classes taking place at our Affiliates across the state. Find out the where the closest class is to your home or place of work by clicking HERE.

Step Three: Become a member. By joining as a NAMI Utah member you are lending your voice with the thousands of other NAMI members across the Nation who are dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness. Membership with NAMI also has a number of other benefits including; a subscription to The Advocate NAMI's quarterly magazine, member discounts on brochures, videos, promotional items, and registration at NAMI's annual convention, and access to exclusive members-only material on Stop by the NAMI Utah office to pick up a membership form, become a member online, or e-mail us and we'll mail you a membership form.

Step Four: Advocate! The Legislative Session is fast approaching. Write a letter to your Representative telling him or her that mental health matters. We will have more information soon about our annual Chill on the Hill day and how you can get more involved with advocacy. Share your story (when you're ready) with others and let them know what mental health means to you and how they too can benefit from NAMI.

Step Five: Stay Involved. Sign up on our website (bottom right column) to receive our e-newsletter so you know what's going on with NAMI across the state. We hold various events throughout the year including our annual State Conference, the NAMIWalks fundraising event, and more. Stay involved as a volunteer whether it's teaching a course, leading a support group in your area or attending community events on behalf of NAMI Utah, we need you! Stay involved by making a donation to your local NAMI affiliate so we can continue to provide FREE courses to the community.

We hope these five steps give you a better understanding of how to get involved with NAMI Utah and also how to stay involved! Don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.


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