Educational Classes

© National Alliance on Mental Illness - Baton Rouge

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy
A one day course that teaches individuals on how to tell their story. It is a valuable tool when advocating for legislation.  

NAMI Baton Rouge

Family to Family 
A 12-week course is a mental health 101 program for family members and friends of an adult with a mental illness. The program addresses educating family members, caregivers, and friends about medications, coping skills, symptoms of mental illness, and dealing with a crisis.

In Our Voice 
A program composed of speakers that tell their story to help fight the stigma that surrounds individuals with a mental illness.

Provider Education Program 
A five-week course presenting the “lived experiences” of people coping with a mental illness or caring for someone who lives with a mental illness. It presents a penetrating, subjective view of family and people coping with a mental illness experiences to line staff at public agencies who work directly with people experiencing severe and persistent mental illnesses.The course helps providers realize the hardships that families and people coping with a mental illness face and appreciate the courage and persistence it takes to live with and recover from mental illness. 

Connection Recovery Support Group 
For individuals whose lives are affected by a mental illness. 

Peer to Peer 
A 10-week course is mental health 101 for the individual who has a mental illness.  This program is about giving the individual knowledge and skills for living successfully with a mental illness.  It addresses coping skills, medication, how to talk to with their doctors. 

NAMI Basics 
A six-week course is mental health 101 for Family members and caretakers of children with  behavioral disorders. 

Family to Family Support Group 
For family members, friends, and caregivers of individuals who have a mental illness.  Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 3240 Dalrymple Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 and on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Mission Church of Christ 2300 Church Street, Zachary, LA . 


Support Groups

For more information, call Florence Day at (225) 273-6061 or (225) 241-7927 or Daphne Grady at (225) 769-0361.

Parents and Teachers as Allies
A program where parents speak with teachers about recognizing the early signs and symptoms of mental illness and referring the youths to services.   

Hearts and Minds Program
An online, interactive, educational initiative promoting the idea of wellness in both mind and body. Wellness is an ongoing process of learning how to make choices that support a more successful, healthy life.