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Supporting the needs of the San Mateo County community for over 4 decades.

For Families

NAMI’S Family-to-Family Program

The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

NAMI Basics

The NAMI Basics Program is a free, 6-week course designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents (prior to age 17), with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

For Individuals

Peer-to-Peer

NAMI SMC offers Peer to Peer classes 3 – 4 times a year.  Peer to Peer is a free 10-week course for individuals with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.  Those wishing to participate with be matched with an individual with a mental health diagnosis who has been trained to be a peer-to-peer teacher/mentor. 

In Our Own Voice

NAMI SMC also offers In Our Own Voice Presentations. In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained individual speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

For Professionals

NAMI Basics

The NAMI Basics Program is a free, 6-week program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents (prior to age 17), with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Provider Education

The NAMI Provider Education Program is a 5-week course that presents a penetrating, subjective view of family and consumer experiences with serious mental illness to line staff at public agencies who work directly with people experiencing severe and persistent mental illnesses.

For Teens and Young Adults

Parents and Teachers as Allies

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. The toolkit has been developed to be culturally sensitive and a Spanish language version of the Parents & Teachers as Allies publication has been developed.

Ending the Silence

NAMI SMC offers Ending the Silence Presentations throughout San Mateo County.  Helping middle and high schoolers understand mental illness makes a big difference. We can teach them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. NAMI Ending the Silence helps raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health conditions.