As a grassroots organization, NAMI NH’s members are the people that facilitate change and make the world a better place for people with mental illness and their families. “Volunteering” with NAMI NH provides people with opportunities to; impact the mental health system; eliminate stigma; a chance to “give back” and help families, like themselves. In alignment with the goals of NAMI NH’s Strategic Plan, the projects below will increase NAMI NH’s visibility, actively engage more people, allow NAMI NH members to be more proactive and effective in influencing public policy, and maximize the impact of our educational programs.
If you don’t see a good “fit” for you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org at 603.225.5359 x325 to discuss options for your volunteer role.
It’s Your Move! Become and Advocate!
The most effective way to educate legislators is through their own local constituents – YOU. Attend the NAMI NH annual “It’s Your Move” Advocacy Training. Use your training and join with others from your community to organize and facilitate a legislative forum to educate your local Legislators on the need for quality and accessible mental health services. If you are interested in attending the next training or learning more, please contact email@example.com or call 603.225.5359.
For those of you who have taken a Family-to-Family (F2F) class, you know the positive impact it can have on both the family and the person with mental illness. The 12 session F2F class is taught by NAMI NH volunteers who themselves have a loved one with a mental illness. The power of the program is families helping families. Teachers are asked to make a commitment to teach a minimum of 2 classes within 2 years. Teacher trainings are held once a year.
Looking for volunteer teachers to offer a 6 session course for families and caregivers of older adults diagnosed with mental illness. The course provides information and guidance for caregivers to better understand and support their loved ones in managing their illness and coping with other issues related to aging. Program teachers participate in a 12-hour training program and have ongoing technical assistance and training. Contact Bernie Seifert at 603.225.5359 ext. 323 for more information.
This 8 session educational course is for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders. The course provides participants with tools and strategies in addition to important resources needed to meet the challenges of parenting a child with emotional/behavioral disorders. Family members are trained by NAMI NH to teach this program. Teacher training is offered each year, teachers are asked to commit to teaching 2 classes within 2 years. For more information contact Heidi Matthews-Cantin via Email.
Life Interrupted is the NAMI NH Family Speakers Program. This program enables families to use their experiences to change the attitudes and open the minds of all members of their community and to spread the message that everyone has the ability to help promote recovery and resiliency. Life Interrupted speakers make presentations to any interested group or organization such as schools, hospitals, mental health centers and civic groups. Training provides speakers with the ability to present in a non-blaming and confident manner. Life Interrupted Speakers training is a 2 day training held once per year. For more information contact Sue Allen-Samuel at 603.225.5359.
In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a NAMI NH recovery education program, given by trained presenters who themselves have struggled with mental illness and are in recovery. IOOV presentations break down the walls of stigma that surround mental illness as the presenters tell their personal stories. For more information on becoming a speaker or to schedule a presentation, contact Tricia Ellis.
NAMI NH offers Support Group Facilitator training to family members who are interested in starting or joining the leadership team of a NAMI NH family support group for family and friends of an adult with mental illness or a parent support group for caregivers and parents of children with emotional disorders. NAMI NH support groups provide the essential support and education to families of all ages, who are affected by mental illness. This training is offered each spring over the course of 3 Saturdays. Participants need to complete an application and register for the training.
Annual Awards Committee
This committee is responsible for choosing the NAMI NH Annual Award Winners. Nominations in specific categories are submitted from January to March. The committee members are responsible for reading all the nominations and coming together for one meeting in March to discuss and vote.
Family Conference Committee
This committee is made up of volunteers who come together to plan and produce the NAMI Family Conference. Committee work includes determining topics for workshops, choosing speakers, and planning the day’s events. Those interested in helping with the conference should contact us.
Mental Illness Awareness Week is a nationwide event celebrated the first week of October each year that busts stigma and gives NAMI visibility. Contact us by email or 603.225.5359 for details about this year’s events and volunteer opportunities.
This annual event is NAMI NH largest fundraiser of the year. Taking place the first Sunday in October, this 5k Walk kicks of Mental Illness Awareness Week each year. Volunteers are needed to plan and implement the Walk and to lead Walk Teams. For more information, email or call 603.225.5359.
Suicide Survivors Network
Through the Connect Suicide Prevention program at NAMI NH, those that have lost someone to suicide have an opportunity to volunteer as speakers, advocates, support group leaders and event volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about the suicide survivor programs contact Elaine de Mello via Email.