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NAMI Hawaii Programs are for people whose lives have been affected by mental illness.  Through our free programs you’ll meet other families affected by mental illness of their loved ones or people living in recovery from mental illness.  We come together, in a safe, confidential, and comfortable setting, to share our struggles, promote hope and build a better tomorrow for our loved ones and for ourselves.  NAMI Hawaii is committed to offering community-focused education, support, and advocacy programs for family caregivers and individuals living in recovery from mental illness.

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IN PERSON PROGRAMS ARE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Online programs require registration. Once you register, before the start of the meeting or webinar, you will receive an email with a link to connect to Zoom.   If you do not get an email confirmation, please let us know ASAP.  Once the meeting starts, we may not be able to help you log in. 

Tel. 591-1297 (Phone lines are open M-F: 9am to 1pm, except holidays)
Email: info@namihawaii.org 

PROGRAMS & SERVICES

NAMI Signature Programs and Support Groups

NAMI Programs are for people whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Through NAMI Hawaii, you’ll meet other family members who have struggled with the mental illness of their loved ones or people living in recovery from mental illness. We come together, in a safe and comfortable setting, to share our struggles, promote hope and build a better tomorrow for our loved ones and for ourselves. NAMI Hawaii is committed to offering community-focused education, support, and advocacy programs for family caregivers and individuals living in recovery from mental illness.

NAMI Family & Friends is a free 90-minute or four-hour seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

NAMI Family Support Groups are for caregivers of loved ones with mental health conditions. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. Family members can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health challenges.

Connection Recovery Support Groups are free, confidential and safe groups of people living in recovery from mental health conditions. Mental Health Peer Support Groups are individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom, renewing a sense of hope for recovery.

NAMI Ending the Silence is a FREE engaging presentation aimed at students, loved ones, and school staff. Ending the Silence helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.

NAMI Homefront is a FREE, 6-session online educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members, and veterans with mental health conditions.  Based on the NAMI Family-to-Family Education, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of our precious military community. Sign up for an online course here

For people in recovery and caregivers alike, NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network offering support for people of all faith traditions. FaithNet aims to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of people and families living with mental illness.

COMING SOON: NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a FREE, 8session educational program for adults with mental health conditions, who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery. Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions and informative videos.

NAMI Family & Friends Seminar - Online

NAMI Family & Friends is a free 90-minute or four-hour seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

What You’ll Learn

The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics:

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery
  • Effective communication strategies
  • The importance of self-care
  • Crisis preparation strategies
  • NAMI and community resources

Download the FREE E-Book: https://www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI-Media/downloads/F-F-Participant-Manual-English.pdf

You must register by phone or email to attend this class 

Contact: (808)591-1297
Email:  info@namihawaii.org 

NAMI Family-to-Family Education

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-12 session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions, and interactive exercises.

What You’ll Gain:

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You’ll learn about problem solving, self care, supporting a loved one, finding services, how to handle a crisis, and so much more.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

  • You must have a loved one with a mental illness
  • You must be able to commit to a majority of the classes
  • You must be 18 years or older. Sorry, no children allowed
  • This class is for the caregiver, not the person with mental illness

HAWAII (Big Island) – Virtual via Zoom
You must register by phone or email to attend this class 
Email: info@namihawaii.org

Upcoming Session [Oct.24-Dec.6]

  • October 24, 31
  • November 7, 14, 21, 28
  • December 5 & 6
    10:30 a..m. – 1:00 p.m (HST)

Family Support Groups

NAMI Signature Family Support Groups are free, confidential, and safe groups for FAMILY MEMBERS WHO SUPPORT OR CARE FOR SOMEONE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. In NAMI Family Support Groups, families can join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom.  Family members can achieve a renewed sense of hope for their loved one living with mental health challenges.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a caregiver or supporter (family or love one) to someone with a mental illness
  • You must be 18 years or older. No children allowed, thank you for your understanding
  • This class is for the caregiver, not the person with mental illness
  • Please contact the facilitator for current info and registration 

KAUAI 
LIHUE  
Contact: Karin@ (808)635-3239
Email: info@namikauai.org 

OAHU
East HONOLULU  
Date: 1st Thursdays of the month
Contact: Anson (808)295-4972 or Greg (808) 395-3725 
Email: knudsen123@gmail.com 

MANOA  
Date: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Contact: Mike & Margie Durant (808) 591-1297  
Email:  info@namihawaii.org               

KAILUA   
Date: 4th Tuesday of the month
Contact: Steve Katz (808) 220-3625
Email:  steve41550@yahoo.com
http://www.meetup.com/Kailua-Mental-Illness-Meetup/ 

MAUI
KAHULUI On Break
Date: 1st Fridays of the month
Contact: Pualani (808) 368-9381 or Loretta (808) 268-2546
Email:  mbasbas@cfs-hawaii.org 

BIG ISLAND
HILO 
Date: Last Friday of the month  
Contact: Carolyn Oki (808) 935-3518  or Carol Denis (808) 935-0615
Email: 
info@namihawaii.org 

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups

Mental Health Peer Support Groups are free, confidential and safe groups of people living in recovery from mental health conditions. Mental Health Peer Support Groups are individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom, renewing a sense of hope for recovery.   

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a person with a mental health condition
  • You must be 18 years or older. Sorry, no children allowed
  • Please contact the facilitator for current info and registration

Connection Recovery Support Group – Online

2nd Tuesdays of every month at 6:30 pm via Zoom.
Contact: NAMI Hawaii Office 591-1297
Email:  info@namihawaii.org

Connection Recovery Support Group for Mental Health Recovery for All – Online 

1st Wednesdays of the month at 12 Noon Online
Contact: NAMI Hawaii Office 591-1297
Email:  info@namihawaii.org

Women’s Support Group for Mental Health – On Break

4th Fridays of the month Online at 1 pm (W.O.W. – Women Only)
Contact: NAMI Hawaii Office 591-1297
Email:  info@namihawaii.org

NAMI Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is a FREE engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.

NAMI Ending the Silence for Students: 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help

NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families

NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff

Contact us at info@namihawaii.org for moreinformation.

NAMI Homefront Online Classes - Coming Soon

NAMI Homefront is a FREE, 6 session online educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions. Based on the NAMI Family-to-Family Education, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of our precious military community.

NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:

  • Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
  • Support your family member with compassion
  • Identify and access federal, state and local services
  • Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression and substance use
  • Understand current treatments and evidence-based therapies
  • Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family
  • Manage a crisis, solve problems and communicate effectively

Homefront classes open for registration:

Classes are underway – please sign up for further updates

Sign up here (scroll to bottom of the page and fill in your name / email):
https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Mental-Health-Education/NAMI-Homefront

NAMI Faithnet

NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness.

NAMI FaithNet strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role of spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions, those for whom faith is a key component.

We encourage exchange of information, tools and other resources which will help educate and inspire faith communities about mental illness, and the vital role spirituality plays in recovery for many.

NAMI FaithNet is not a religious network but includes an effort to outreach to all religious organizations.

For more information on Faith-based online support groups, contact us at info@namihawaii.org.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer - Coming Soon

COMING SOON
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, eight-session educational program for adults living with mental health conditions, looking to better understand themselves and their process of recovery.

Taught by trained leaders with lived experience, this program includes activities, discussions and informative videos. However, as with all NAMI programs, it does not include recommendations for treatment approaches.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a safe, confidential space. The course provides an opportunity for mutual support and growth. Experience compassion and understanding from people who relate to your experiences. This is a place to learn more about recovery in an accepting environment.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer helps you:

  • Set a vision and goals for the future
  • Partner with health care providers
  • Develop confidence for making decisions
  • Practice relaxation and stress reduction tools
  • Share your story
  • Strengthen relationships
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Learn about mental health treatment options

For more information, call or email us.

Other Programs & Services NAMI Hawaii Offers:

Online Workshops / Presentations

NAMI Hawaii provides free online workshops, conferences, and trainings throughout the year.  

We also offer free online presentations; speaking to schools, businesses, faith groups, etc; about mental health, wellness, family support and services. 

Please contact us to find out more.

Email: info@namihawaii.org 

Speakers Bureau

Guest Speakers Available
Did you know that NAMI Hawaii has a speakers bureau available to educate community groups and providers about our mission and services ? NAMI Hawaii speakers are even available through our NAMI Hawaii affiliates which are also located on the islands of Kauai, Maui and the island of Hawaii. NAMI Hawaii speakers bureau engagements are FREE OF CHARGE (donations in any amount are gratefully accepted). As a non-profit organization dedicated to support and advocacy, our experienced and knowledgeable speakers include program graduates, certified program facilitators, clients in recovery and professionals from the mental health field. It is the goal of NAMI Hawaii and our affiliates to touch as many lives as possible by providing meaningful information related to:

· Current NAMI core programs and support groups

· Basic education about mental illness and diagnosis

· Current statistics, literature and available community resources

· Information to navigate health care and access case management and other services

· Testimonials from program graduates (family members)

· Testimonials from peers in recovery

NAMI Hawaii speakers are available to meet with interested school and church groups, professional organizations and clubs, agency or company staff meetings, providers from the health and mental health fields and existing support groups.

To change a life and invite a NAMI Hawaii speaker to your next group meeting or function please call (808) 591-1297 or send an email request info@namihawaii.org

 

Common In-Service Trainings:

  • Emotional Intelligence, Mental Health, & Resources
  • Active Listening/How to Communicate: LEAP Method
  • CIT, A Family Perspective

NAMI Hawaii's Annual Conference

2020 Together Toward Tomorrow

Click here for more info

2019 RADICAL SELF CARE

NAMI Hawaii State Conference 2019 with Mental Health Americal of Hawaii & Sutter Health Kahi Mohala

Key Note Speaker: Dr. Paul Hutman, PhD Northern California VA Health Care Systems speaking on Brilliantly Battling Burnout

Breakouts:

  • Mediation Practices By Paul Hutman, PhD
  • Art and Mental Health Break Out By Mestisa Gass, PsyD, Program Director, Mental Health America of Hawaii
  • Live Your Life Well, Digitally By Pedro Haro is the Deputy Director for Mental Health America of Hawaii

Date: Friday, March 8, 2019    Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM      

Location: Pomaikai Ballrooms at Dole Cannery

 

2018 Healthy Living for Mental Wellness

We all have mental health challenges. Join us in learning what we can do to improve our overall health to feel better and support our loved ones.

Keynote Speaker: Paul Gionfriddo, President of Mental Health America

Panelist:

Denis Mee-Lee, MD, Psychiatrist, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii and President of Valden Medical and co-founder of NAMI Hawaii State.

Jacqueline Chan, Dr.P.H., Research Manager, Valden Medical and Assistant Clinical Professor, Loma Linda School of Public Health, and co-investigator for Adventist Health Study in North America.

Mara J. Pike, Community Outreach Manager at Mental Health America of Hawaii, owner of Jasmine Yoga, suicide loss survivor and caregiver to family with mental illness.

Anisa Wiseman, Program Manager for NAMI Hawaii State, lives successfully in recovery from PTSD and Anxiety Disorder and cares for family members with serious mental illness and addiction disorder.

Our speakers will cover:

– new science on the connection of nutrition and exercise to improved mental health

– healthy lifestyle changes for yourself, your family, your workplace, and your community

– innovative practices to reduce stress and improve mental and emotional wellbeing

Ben Snavely Scholarships Available. Contact NAMI Hawaii

 

2017 For People with Mental Illness: Why We Fight in the Open

NAMI Hawaii State Conference 2017 in Partnership with Mental Health America of Hawaii

Key Note Speaker: Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America

Topic:

“As the parent of a now-adult son Tim, who developed a serious mental illness while only a child, Paul has experienced first-hand the challenges families face in accessing services and supports for loved ones. Through his interactions with educators, providers, insurers, lawyers, sheriffs, and others with whom Tim interacted, Paul developed a clear understanding of the barriers that we face on pathways to recovery and independence. He has brought this decades-long experience to his writing in his book, Losing Tim, and to his work as President and CEO of Mental Health America, the nation’s oldest mental health advocacy organization. He speaks openly, honestly, and passionately about how systems can respond to and support individuals and families who have lived through these experiences if we fight openly for what we need, and offers hope for the future.”

Panelist: Paul Gionfriddo CEO of Mental Health America, Pam Gionfriddo;CEO of Mental Health Associations of Palm Beach County; Psychiatrist, Dr. Deborah Kissinger; Kathleen Rhoads Merriam from Hawaii Adult Mental Health Division and Corey Arakaki, UH West Oahu Student living in recovery.

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017    Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Pomaika’i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery

2016 Mental Health: Breaking the Stigma

NAMI Hawaii and Queen’s Medical Center Day Treatment Services presents the 2nd annual NAMI Hawaii Conference dedicated to the memory of Benjamin Madigan Snavely

The purpose of this conference is to provide awareness and an overview of mental illness and addiction; art therapy; and information on services, family support programs, and treatment services.   

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016  Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Queen’s Conference Center  

Mental Illness and Addiction 

Speaker DR. DEBORAH KISSINGER, DO, specialist in addiction psychiatry at Queen’s Medical Center speaking on the co-occurring disorder, and two individuals sharing their recovery story.  Also information on services and support.   

Art Therapy Workshop for Mental Health (Afternoon Speakers and Art Workshop) First speaker, KATE MADIGAN, a licensed art therapist from Patton State Hospital in California.  Second speakers, SELF-DISCOVERY THROUGH ART, a hands-on art therapy workshop for mental health with NIDHI CHABORA, APRN (advanced practice registered nurse) and NANCY JOE “NJ” MOSES, MA, a visual arts educator, founders of a non-profit cognitive behavior therapy-based studio art program from in Hilo, Hawaii.

 

2015 Mental Health: A Compassionate Response

The purpose of this conference is to provide an overview of mental illness and to increase understanding and compassion across our faith and other communities. We Welcome church staff, volunteers, clergy, ushers, greeters, family members, the Interfaith community, and anyone who is in contact with the seriously mentally ill.

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015  Time: 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM              

GENERAL SESSION
Dr. Denis Mee-Lee. MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Hawaii and Jerry Coffee, LCSW, Clinical Director of IHS, will be presenting an overview of mental illness and recovery.

CHOOSE FROM 3 BREAK-OUT CONVERSATIONS:

1st and 2nd Response to the Mentally Ill  

Mental Illness In Your Family

Faith and the Mentally Ill

Kumi Macdonald