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NAMI Greater San Antonio (Nonprofit )

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.

  • We form a community that welcomes all.
  • We learn together and share information, understandings, and experiences.
  • We advocate together.
  • We provide NAMI education and support programs in San Antonio and surrounding areas.
  • We depend on volunteers.
Office Hours Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Doug Beach - Board President Send email
(210) 734-3349
Donna Costa - Education & Outreach Coordinator Send email
(210) 734-3349 x: 113
Online and Virtual Assistance

NAMI Connection groups follow a flexible structure without an educational format. The groups offer a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness.

You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by trained leaders who've been there.

  • Free of cost to participants
  • Confidential. NAMI Greater San Antonio does not allow observers into these groups.
  • Designed for adults (18+) with mental health conditions
  • No specific medical therapy or treatment is endorsed

Those 18 and older that are in the Black, Indigenous, People of Color Community are invited to join this group for a time of support and empowerment for those living with symptoms of a mental health condition.

Click here to register for 2nd Monday meetings.

Click here to register for 4th Monday meetings.

2nd & 4th Monday: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Updated within the last week

NAMI Basics is a free, six-week class for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed.

At NAMI Basics, you'll find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Basics provides mutual support and shared positive impact-you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation.

Online classes are being offered on various days at various times.

If you would like to register for upcoming classes, click here to complete the interest form and be added to the waitlist.

Free

Odilia Lara - Operations & Administrative Manager Send email
(210) 734-3349 x: 105
Updated within the last week

NAMI Family Support Group is a confidential support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition.

Participants learn they are no longer alone and gain a renewed sense of hope by joining a caring group of people who help one another through their learned wisdom.

Meetings are led by trained facilitators who have a loved one living with a mental health condition.

No specific medical therapy or treatment is endorsed.

Free

3rd Thursday, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Room# W105
Ed and Jackie Dickey
(210) 826-3215
Updated within the last month

NAMI San Antonio's program leaders are all volunteers and bring an important peer or caregiver perspective to classes, groups, and events.

Support Group leaders facilitate:

  • NAMI Connection
  • In Our Own Voice
  • Ending the Silence
  • NAMI on Campus

Education leaders facilitate:

  • NAMI Basics
  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer
  • NAMI Family-to-Family
  • Homefront

If you would like to explore being trained to lead groups, classes, or presentations, click here.CLICK HERE

 

We offer training at no cost to participants.

Donna Costa - Director of Education & Outreach Send email
(210) 734-3349 x: 113
Updated within the last 2 months.

Would you like to get the latest mental health updates, participate in online discussion groups, learn how to advocate in your community, and add your voice to the mental health movement?

NAMI membership gives you access to local, state, and national levels.

Click here to create a NAMI account. It's FREE!

Subscribe to content that interests you, such as NAMI Now! Connect with others in discussion groups. Manage your profile, preferences, and subscriptions. Upgrade any time!

All members:

Receive the NAMI Advocate magazine

Get discounts at the NAMI Store

Earn member-only content online

Have access to discounts at the annual National Convention

More importantly, NAMI San Antonio members make our voice stronger in legislative advocacy.?

Consider NAMI membership and one payment gives you access to the local, state and national levels. Joining helps build donor confidence, plus we learn more from our fellow members and peers!

There are three (3) membership options depending on what works best for you and your family:

  • $60 per year for Household: Includes all members living at the same address
    (This is ideal if you attend Family-to-Family and/or want to train to be a program leader/presenter.)
     
  • $40 per year for Individual
    (This is ideal if you attend Peer-to-Peer, Connection and/or want to train to be a program leader or outreach presenter.)
     
  • $5 per year for Open Door: Limited budget? We got you!
Updated within the last month

Bridges to Care San Antonio (BTCSA) began October 1, 2020, as an endeavor to train congregations to be companions to those with mental health issues.

Participating congregations form cohorts in geographic proximity and work together to make a difference in the area of mental health, both among their members and in their neighborhoods.

Each congregation is invited to choose up to 10 Wellness Champions (trainees) who take five modules of training equal to 20 hours of work.

After completing the training, each congregation will be known as a Behavioral Health Friendly Congregation, meaning it is a congregation that welcomes those with mental health concerns.

For further information, contact Sherré Culbreath.

Training is provided free of charge.

Training sessions are ongoing.
Donna Costa - Director of Education & Outreach Send email
(210) 734-3349 x: 113
Sherré Culbreath - Project Coordinator Send email
(210) 734-3349 x: 112
Updated within the last 2 months.

NAMI Ending the Silence is an 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 typically 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 are welcome to ask questions in order to gain an 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.

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.

Click here with questions or to schedule an Ending the Silence presentation.

Free

Maria H - Education & Outreach Coordinator Send email
(210) 734-3349 x: 102
Updated within the last month
Notice

New courses are starting soon. Advance registration is required.

Click here to be placed on the waitlist and be notified when details of the next courses are announced.

Family-to-Family is a free, eight-class education program designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being.

NAMI Family-to-Family teachers who also have loved ones living with mental illness and know what that's like,

Family-to-Family includes:

  • Current information about the major mental illnesses and the most current research available on the biological aspects of these illnesses;
  • Up-to-date information on the possibilities for living in recovery, including a variety of treatment strategies currently available;
  • A class on empathy that creates an understanding of the subjective lived experience of a person living with mental illness;
  • Specific skills training in the areas of problem-solving, listening, communication techniques, and handling crises and relapse;
  • An overall focus on care for the caregiver such as learning to cope with worry, stress, and emotional overload;
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and offering tips for advocating for those supports and services; and
  • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand services, with an emphasis on personal advocates for the parent/caregiver and child on an individual level.

Free

Amy Joyce-Ponder, LMSW - Education & Outreach Coordinator Send email
(210) 734-3349 x: 102
Updated within the last month

NAMI Greater San Antonio is here to provide support during this difficult time. If you are going through, stress, anxiety, depression, or any other mental health condition please join us.

These groups are currently being held virtually via Zoom.

Individuals 18 + who have experienced symptoms of a mental health condition

Space is limited so register in advance for this meeting. Click here to register.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Free.

Saturday: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Maria Hoenigman Send email
Updated within the last month

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions, and ideas about people with mental health conditions.

These free, 40-, 60- or 90-minute presentations provide a personal perspective of mental health conditions, as leaders talk openly about what it's like to have a mental health condition, including:

  • An opportunity to hear open and honest perspectives on a highly misunderstood topic
  • A chance to ask leaders questions, allowing for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispelling of stereotypes and misconceptions
  • The understanding that people with mental health conditions have lives enriched by hopes, dreams, and goals
  • Information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community

Click here if you would like to host or attend a NAMI In Our Own Voice presentation.

Free

Updated within the last month

NAMI on Campus clubs are student-led groups that support fellow students raise mental health awareness, educate the campus community, and promote services and supports.

These are peer-run mental health groups designed to help start making a difference for young adults to understand being #stigmafree.

NAMI on Campus clubs help:

  • Support fellow students
  • Raise mental health awareness
  • Educate the campus community
  • Promote and advocate for services and support

NAMI on Campus clubs address mental health issues so that all students have a positive, successful, fun college experience. Click here for more information about joining or starting a club.

StigmaFree is our movement to end the stigma associated with mental illness. Click here to learn how you can join us in creating a StigmaFree campus!

Maria Hoenigman - Support Program and Outreach Coordinator Send email
(210) 734-3349 x: 103
Updated within the last month

Anyone who has experienced trauma, been diagnosed with PTSD, or is experiencing symptoms will benefit.

This group is currently meeting online.

Click here to register.

Friday, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Doug Beach - Executive Director Send email
Updated within the last month

Volunteer. NAMI San Antonio regularly seeks assistance with the following:

  • Support Group Leaders
  • Education Program Leaders
  • Event Coordinators
  • Administrative Support

Personal Qualities NAMI San Antonio Looks for:

  • Demonstrated reliability, professionalism and punctuality
  • Respect and compassion for people affected by mental health conditions with the desire to help others facing mental health challenges
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations with a positive spirit and open-mindedness
  • Passion to learn about mental health conditions, resources, and behavioral health system
  • Willingness to take initiative to seek help when needed, and ability to accept and implement constructive feedback
  • Maturity and patience to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences while demonstrating empathy to facilitate respectful dialogue with callers who may be in emotional distress or active psychosis

Click here to learn more and apply.

Fundraise. Get started on a fundraiser today, whether it's for NAMIWalks or just because...?

You are welcome to create an event that fits your personality, community, and capacity.

Fun ideas:

  • Celebrate a milestone, special occasion or holiday in lieu of gifts
  • Dedicate an event to a loved one or yourself
  • Hold a bake sale or garage sale
  • Craft and donate sales from wreaths, gift baskets, green ribbons/pins
  • Ask local businesses to "round up" every sale and donate the difference
  • Use your imagination!

Click here for more information.

Brandy Flores - Chief Development Officer
Updated within the last 2 months.

We are pleased to offer these free monthly meetings open to the public. Topics vary but our priority areas include education, advocacy, and support.

Click here to learn about this month's topic, and advance the calendar to learn about upcoming topics.

NAMI Greater San Antonio welcomes topic suggestions related to the mental health community, and we are always looking for speakers to share their knowledge.

These meetings are currently being held virtually via Zoom.

Click here to join the meeting.

Meeting ID: ID: 852 5036 6687

Call-in number: 346-248-7799

2nd Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (except January, August and November)
Updated within the last month

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Program offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope.

NAMI Connection groups follow a flexible structure without an educational format. The groups offer a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental illness.

You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others. The groups are led by trained leaders who've been there.

NAMI Connection is...

  • free of cost to participants
  • confidential
  • designed for adults (18+) with mental health conditions
  • no specific medical therapy or treatment is endorsed

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you...

  • aim for better coping skills
  • find strength in sharing experiences
  • not judge anyone's pain
  • forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • embrace humor as healthy
  • accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • understand that mental health conditions are no one's fault and can be traumatic experiences

Support groups are limited to 15 people, so advance registration is required.

Meets in Room 208

Free

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Updated within the last month

NAMI Family Support Group is a confidential support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition.

Participants learn they are no longer alone and gain a renewed sense of hope by joining a caring group of people who help one another through their learned wisdom.

Meetings are led by trained facilitators who have a loved one living with a mental health condition.

No specific medical therapy or treatment is endorsed.

Free

2nd & 4th Wednesday, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Updated within the last month

NAMI Family Support Group is a confidential support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition.

Participants learn they are no longer alone and gain a renewed sense of hope by joining a caring group of people who help one another through their learned wisdom.

Meetings are led by trained facilitators who have a loved one living with a mental health condition.

No specific medical therapy or treatment is endorsed.

Saint Matthew Catholic Church
McDonald Family Center, Room 101

Advance registration required

Click here for Calendar

Free

1st Saturday, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Mary Ann - Registration Send email
Updated within the last month