NAMI Sacramento’s programs consist of support, education, advocacy and community outreach.

All of our efforts are facilitated, taught or presented by people with “lived experience” who have been trained by NAMI certified instructors.  This lived experience means that people who are either living in recovery with their disorder, or are family members of someone living with a disorder, are leading a group, teaching a class or giving a presentation.  Through this lived experience, attendees know that the person(s) leading the group have “been there” and understand what realities of mental illness and the effects on the individual and family.


NAMI’s Support groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.

  • There is no charge to participants
  • Groups are designed for adults
  • Meets weekly or monthly
  • No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended
  • Confidential
  • Groups are structured for either peers or family members/loved ones.

NAMI’s Education courses are offered at no cost to the participants.  Whether it be Family-to-Family, Peer to Peer, Basics or Provider Education, research shows that these programs significantly improve the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people directly or indirectly impacted by mental illness.  Each course includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

NAMI’s presentation programs offer individuals in recovery and family members who share their stories about how mental illness has affected them and/or their family.  They start by talking about the dark days, when the struggle was the most difficult, then move on to acceptance and the path forward.  The Presentations usually include a video component.  Our presentations are meant to inform, enlighten, give hope and end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

NAMI’s programs are designed to provide both people living with a mental illness and family members with a greater understanding of mental illness and with strategies for living with and recovering from a serious mental illness. Program participants will worry less, plus feel empowered to advocate for better treatment and services for themselves and for family members.

NAMI programs should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of mental health professionals. We cannot, and will not, assume the role of a physician or therapist.

Self-care information, and family and peer support are valuable assets in working through the many challenges faced by individuals and families who have been impacted by serious mental illness, but they are not substitutes for professional assistance. Please seek immediate professional help:

  • if you or a family member have thoughts of suicide or of harming others,

  • if you or a family member are unable to provide self-care for essentials of daily living,

  • if you or a family member are abusing substances, and/or

  • If you or someone else is in danger of being harmed.