NAMI Programs

NAMI Family to Family Education Course

FREE Family-to-Family Course- 2 times per year…Fall and Spring   Pre-registration is necessary

NAMI AOP will offer its FREE 12 week course to first degree relatives of an adult with a major mental health issue.    

  • The major mental illnesses addressed are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder as well as co-occurring brain and addictive disorders.
  • Topics covered will be brain biology, psychiatric medications, communication skills, problem-solving skills, self-care, empathy, recovery, and advocacy. 
  • Sundays 2:30 pm- 5:00 pm       12 week segments      fall and spring
  • See our calendar for the next class. 
  • For more information or to pre-register contact:

Michelle Ready    864-882-5131

NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies

Parents and Teachers as Allies is a two-hour, in-service mental health education program for school professionals.  It empowers teachers and school personnel to make a lasting difference in the lives of their students and opens the door for schools to make a difference.  The on-site presentation is led by a team from your community consisting of a person with a mental health condition, a parent, and a teacher. 

Each attendee will receive a 22 page booklet containing the signs and symptoms of nine different mental illnesses in children and adolescents and a packet containing information on classroom tips and resources. 

Our program will share how to:

  • Understand the difference between ‘bad behavior’ and symptoms of a mental health condition
  • Recognize early warning signs
  • Communicate and partner with families effectively
  • Link to community services quickly
  • Create a supportive learning environment for students

Your school needs Parents and Teachers as Allies because:

  • 1 in 5 children experiences a mental health condition, but only 20% of them actually receive services
  • About 50% of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out
  • Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15- 24 year olds

With early identification and intervention, there is hope!

Please be advised this presentation takes the full 2 hours so cannot be scheduled for a one-hour teacher's meeting. We, also, need advance notice of the presentation date so we can order the booklets and arrange for the packets to be printed. 

For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Michelle Ready, 864-882-5131


NAMI Provider Education Course

NAMI Provider Education is a free, 15 hour (Five 3 hour sessions) in-service training taught by a team consisting of an adult with mental illness, a family member, and a mental health professional.  It introduces mental health professionals to the unique perspectives of individuals living with mental illness and their families.  You’ll develop enhanced empathy for their daily challenges and recognize the importance of including them in all aspects of the treatment process. 

You’ll gain:

  • Understanding of the realities of living with mental illness
  • Increased compassion for the vulnerabilities people face when seeking care
  • Recognition of your critical role in the individual and family’s journey towards recovery
  • Empowered view of the lasting impact your care makes

At the completion of the course, individuals will receive 15 CEU’s from the SC Department of Mental Health.

For more information or to schedule a course, contact Michelle Ready, 864-882-5131 or


NAMI Peer to Peer Education Course

The NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Course is a free ten-week education course integrating experiences with mental illness.   The topic is Recovery.

  • For any person with a mental illness interested in establishing and maintaining wellness.
  • Classes are two hours long.
  • The course uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercises and structured group processes.
  • Teams of three trained peer-teachers, who are themselves experienced at living well with mental illness teach the classes.
  • Class size is limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required.
  • Contact:   NAMI Greenville    864-331-3300

NAMI Homefront Course – Available Online!

NAMI Homefront Course- Available Online!    Pre-registration is necessary.

In support of our military Service Members and Veterans living with mental illness, this course is a series of six (6) sessions  structured to help families understand and support while maintaining their own well- being.  In addition to teaching about the various mental illnesses, we cover understanding trauma, crisis preparation, problem-solving and communication skills, self-care, and provide dozens of resources for the family. 

  • The NAMI Homefront course is available in person and online.
  • Dates and times to be determined.
  • Class size is limited to 20 participants for the in-person course and 15 participants for the online course.
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Requirements for the online course include a computer with a webcam and a VOIP headset. 

For more information or to pre-register please contact:

Michelle Ready, 864-882-5131


NAMI Basics – for families of children and adolescents

NAMI AOP offers its FREE 6 session course NAMI Basics, to families of children and adolescents (under 18) who are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.   

You'll learn:

  • Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress
  • Advocating for your child's rights at school and in health care settings
  • Learning about current treatments, medications, and side effects
  • Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school, and juvenile justice systems
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family
  • Pre-registration necessary. Call Phyllis Mays, 864-944-1121


Monday, December 18 2017
  • Greenville CONNECTIONS FOR DIAGNOSED ADULTS Meets at 6:15-7:45 pm

    Monday, December 18 2017 - 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

Tuesday, December 19 2017
  • Taylors CONNECTIONS Meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 6:15-7:45 pm,

    Tuesday, December 19 2017 - 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

    Taylors First Baptist Church, 200 W Main St., Taylors, SC 29687 (Room B127; you may park in the lot reserved as “handicapped” for Sundays.)

Wednesday, December 20 2017
  • Veterans Connections for Vets with a Diagnosed Mental Illness

    Wednesday, December 20 2017 - 9:30 am - 11:00 am

    (off Grove Road near Greenville Memorial Hospital)