Each year, NAMI St. Tammany offers FREE educational opportunities throughout the parish to promote mental health awareness and support. Programs and presentations are either open to the general public or are provided for specific professional and civic groups.

Behavioral Health Training – Individualized for specific professional and community service organizations, trainings provide skill-building instruction on identifying mental illness, communication, crisis intervention and resolution, legal and ethical issues as well as community resource referral. Trainings are presented by a team of mental health professionals and NAMI representatives for corporate and business professionals, law enforcement personnel, civil service organizations, hospitals and health care providers, faith-based organizations and various community groups.

Community Education Presentations – Presented throughout the year on a variety of subjects, community education supports the needs of individuals living with mental illness, family members, care providers and the community. Conferences, educational panels and keynote speaker presentations are offered by mental health professionals, community leaders and NAMI representatives. Presentations are open to the public and are based on the current needs of the community. Topics can include mental health care trends, advances in mental health research, illness and recovery, long term care planning and suicide prevention.

In Our Own Voice – A 90-minute community presentation lead by NAMI Representatives who share their own journeys to recovery and messages of hope. This program is ideal for individuals living with mental illness, family members, students, health care providers, business leaders, law enforcement personnel, faith-based organizations and anyone who wants to learn more about mental illness.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy – This 6-hour skill-building workshop teaches grassroots mental health advocates to confidently presenting their own personal stories in a way that delivers a compelling case for legislative action and change. Both the beginner and experienced advocate can learn to be a community voice on behalf of individuals living with mental illness, families and communities.

Parents and Teachers as Allies – A 2-hour in-service that assists school professionals in working with parents to meet the needs of children and adolescents living with behavioral health issues. The Team of trained presenters identifies early warning signs of mental illness and intervention strategies to ensure that students are adequately linked with mental health care services.