Education is at the heart of what we do.  It is an essential part of understanding and coping with mental illness.  NAMI Tennessee and its affiliates offer a variety of programs and services directed to individuals living with mental illness, family members, friends, professionals, and the community at large to address the mental health needs of Tennesseans.  Programs are designed to help participants gain a greater understanding of mental illness, cope better, worry less and feel empowered to advocate for better treatment services

Peer-to-Peer:  NAMI classes are led by volunteers who understand because they have lived in similar circumstances.  Each NAMI educator and speaker has been through rigorous training that prepares them as they discuss mental illness and share daily coping skills that have helped them live better lives.

Classes and programs are offered at no cost to participants thanks to a grant from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  (TDMHSAS)

About Our Classes

For family members, friends, and supporters of adults with (or suspected of having) mental illness (a mental health condition).  This program is being phased in to replace With Hope in Mind.
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For parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed.
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For spouses/partners, parents, siblings adult children, and others who love a Service Member or Veteran dealing with the complex challenges of a mental health condition.
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For anyone interested in using their passion, energy and voice to become an effective advocate for those whose lives are affected by mental illness.
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About Our Presentations

For general audiences.  A presentation given by people with mental illnesses, who share their experiences as to what it’s like to live with a mental illness, alleviate stereotypes, give insight and understanding regarding mental illness.
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For middle and high school students wanting an increased understanding of the impact of mental illness and the difference supportive friends can make.
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NAMI Family & Friends is a free 90-minute 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.  Offered at the Regional Mental Health Institutes in Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga.

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Video training – For State and Local Corrections Officers who want a better understanding of persons living with mental illness, workplace coping skills, and CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) de-escalation techniques. Visit .

(Safe and Aware First Responder Education) Video Training for law enforcement and other first responders who want an introduction to better understanding of persons living with mental illness, workplace.
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For professionals who want a better understanding of how mental illness impacts individuals and families.
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To Find Out How To Become A NAMI Homefront Teacher


NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions. Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The confidential program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.

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Certified Family Support Specialist Competency Training

July 19-21, Knoxville  •  August 9-11, Nashville  •  September 6-8, Memphis
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Pre-registration Required — For more information or to register for an upcoming class, contact Kathy Rogers at 615-269-7751 or [email protected]

About Becoming a Certified Family Support Specialist

A Certified Family Support Specialist (CFSS) is a person who has self-identified as the caregiver of a child or youth with an emotional, behavioral or co-occurring disorder and who has successfully navigated the child-serving systems to access treatment and resources necessary to build resiliency and foster success in the home, school, and community. This individual has successfully completed training recognized by TDMHSAS on how to assist other caregivers in fostering resiliency in their child, based on the principles of resiliency and recovery.  [Learn More]

CFSS Competency Training

Ready to take your next step as a Parent Advocate? Sign up for the Professional Competencies Training  required for certification as a Family Support Specialist. FSS Professional Competencies Training for Certification© is presented by Tennessee Voices for Children and NAMI Tennessee.


The training course is $500 per person, to be paid by cash, check, or money order before the course begins.   Agency or area-specific trainings can be arranged for groups of 8 or more. Scholarships may be available. For more information & to register, contact Kathy Rogers, Family Support Specialist Recruitment & Training Director at: (615) 269-7751 or [email protected]

Pre-requisite trainings:  NAMI Family Education Courses or TVC’s Parent-2-Parent Course. For more information on the certification process, contact the TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services at: (615) 532-6500

*Training is presented by Tennessee Voices for Children and NAMI TN, but certification must be obtained through the TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services after course completion.

About Becoming a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

A Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is a person who has lived experience of a mental illness, substance use disorder or co-occurring disorder, who has made the journey from illness to wellness, and who now wishes to help others with their journey. Certified Peer Recovery Specialists can draw from their own journey of recovery to inspire hope and provide support to others who are facing similar situations. When two peers work on recovery together, they can progress further than if they go it alone. [Learn more]

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