When you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a mental illness, the first thing you want are facts!
Our Information section is loaded with facts, including:
• Information about mental health conditions and their treatment.
• A community resource guide with information about all the individual and family services available in the Treasure Valley.
• In development: the "Treasure Valley Mental Health Resources Directory" with perhaps the most complete, up-to-date online compilation of mental health services in the Treasure Valley.
Do you suffer from mental illness or have a loved one who does? Could you use a personal network which totally relates to your condition?
NAMI Boise also hosts a variety of programs which provide knowledge and understanding, along with an opportunity for group members to share experiences in a confidential setting.
Please visit our Programs section for details, videos and more about all of these support programs!
We need your help to keep moving forward! You can:
Or call us at 208-376-4304 for more information!
NAMI Boise is supported by area businesses and individuals committed to promoting wellness and providing emotional support, education, resources, and advocacy for people living with mental illness and their families.
GIVE OTHERS HOPE
Idaho is 49th out of 51 states and territories in per capita mental health spending. NAMI's programs don't receive a penny of public health spending. We rely 100% on private donations.
When you make a financial contribution to NAMI Boise, you help us better educate area residents about mental health. You help people afflicted and affected by mental illness. And you definitely help erase the stigma of mental illness.
Help give hope to the area residents who need NAMI's help. Donate to NAMI Boise today!
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Boise Chapter is the Treasure Valley’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the tens of thousands of area residents affected by mental illness.
What We Do
NAMI Boise relies on private gifts and contributions -- and absolutely zero state and federal funding -- to support our important work:
- We educate. Our education programs ensure area residents get the support and information they need about mental health conditions, treatment and support.
- We advocate. NAMI Boise helps shape national, state and local public policy for people with mental illness and their families. We also provide volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to improve mental health in our area.
- We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine (208-376-4304) allows us to respond personally to hundreds of requests each year, providing free information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.
- We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with the media on a frequent basis to ensure our valley understands how important mental health is.
NAMI Boise is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization under State and Federal law. Originally established in 1985 as REACH, we affiliated ourselves with NAMI because of its record as the premier organization of its kind.
Board of Directors
Thomas Edward Stafford IV
Immediate Past President
GET OBJECTIVE FACTS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESSES
Despite what some people believe, mental illness isn't a choice. It isn't an attention-getting nor a manipulative behavior. Nor will telling a person "Just be happy", "Just settle down and relax" or "Hey, just get with reality" solve their problems.
No. Genetics, environment, trauma, biochemical processes and lifestyle are all factors in mental health disorders.
The links below will take you to NAMI National's conditions pages, where you can find objective, factual information about mental health disorders and their treatment.
ADA COUNTY SELF-RESCUE MANUAL
Click here for this frequently-updated directory of community services. Maintained by the Boise School District, it provides information regarding various community resources, including:
TREASURE VALLEY MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES DIRECTORY
Maintained by NAMI Boise, this document summarizes the various mental health services across the Treasure Valley.
This document is currently being assembled. Please click here so we can inform you when it's live.
All programs and support groups are completely free to participants. All costs for materials, printing, facilities, and instructor training are provided by NAMI Boise. Group leaders have completed 20+ hours formal training by NAMI National-certified instructors. Contact the NAMI Boise office for information on upcoming classes times, locations or to schedule a presentation. For more information, please visit www.nami.org
Special thanks to all of our volunteers, members and donors who make these classes available for FREE!
IN OUR OWN VOICE PRESENTATIONS
NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free, 60- or 90-minute presentation.
What's In It For You?
NAMI In Our Own Voice adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. Going to this presentation will provide you:
• A first-hand account of what it's like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it's possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
• A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
• The understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.
Schedule an IOOV Presentation
If you would like to host a NAMI In Our Own Voice presentation, contact us at email@example.com.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP
NAMI Family & Friends is a 4-hour seminar that informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Seminar leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions in their families.
What's In It For You?
Family groups provide support, knowledge and understanding along with an opportunity for group members to share experiences in a confidential setting.
Meets: First four Wednesdays of the month
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Place: El-Ada Program Building, 2250 S. Vista Ave., Boise (SE corner of Vista and Targee) [map]
Meets: 2nd Thursdays of the month
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Place: First United Methodist Church, 2717 12th Avenue Rd., Nampa (in the GPS Building) [map]
NAMI CONNECTION (Peer Support Groups)
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who've been there.
NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need.
What's In It For You
By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:
- See the individual first, not the illness
- Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
- Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
- Aim for better coping skills
- Find strength in sharing experiences
- Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
- Not judge anyone’s pain
- Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
- Embrace humor as healthy
- Accept that we cannot solve every problem
- Work for a better future in a realistic way
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Place: VAMC (Veterans Affairs Medical Center) 500 W Fort St, Building 114, Group Room 2, Boise [map]
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Place: Peer Wellness Center, 963 S. Orchard St., Suite 102, Boise [map]
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: First United Methodist Church, 2717 12th Avenue Rd, Nampa (in the GPS building) [map]
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery.
Taught by a trained team of people who've been there, the program includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Everything is confidential, and NAMI never recommends a specific medical therapy or treatment approach.
What's In It For You?
This in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow. This is a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope for all people living with mental illness.
NAMI Peer-to-Peer helps you:
- Create a personalized relapse prevention plan
- Learn how to interact with health care providers
- Develop confidence for making decisions and reducing stress
- Stay up-to-date on mental health research
- Understand the impact of symptoms on your life
- Access practical resources on how to maintain your journey toward recovery
FAMILY TO FAMILY
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.
NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.
What's In It For You?
NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.
The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you'll learn about:
- How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
- Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
- Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
- Finding and using local supports and services
- Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
- Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
- The impact of mental illness on the entire family
NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.
You'll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they're getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.
The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you're going through because they've been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.
What's In It For You?
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. You also can help others with your own experience.
NAMI Basics covers:
- Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
- How to take care of yourself and handle stress
- Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
- Advocating for your child's rights at school and in health care settings
- Learning about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
- Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and supporting resources to help you navigate these systems
- Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family
PTSD TREATMENT OPTIONS
Sometimes, the worst wounds are the ones you can't see.
NAMI Boise is single-minded in our message that you should not have to face mental illness alone. We are dedicated to providing the resources and support PTSD sufferers need to address their mental health...free from judgment.
That's why NAMI has launched an online course to help those impacted by PTSD. It provides veterans, service members and military families the opportunity to learn from other veterans about PTSD and available treatment options to reduce stress reactions.
Even though the online course was created for service members and veterans, it's also helpful for anyone who's experienced a traumatic life event.
After answering a few confidential questions about your experiences, you’ll learn about PTSD from veterans via video and receive resources about treatment options available to reduce your stress reactions. This program provides a safe and confidential way to explore whether you’d like to talk to a professional.
If you or someone you know is dealing with PTSD, you are not alone. Many supports, services and treatment options are available.
OTHER LOCAL GROUPS / INFORMATION
DBSA Support Groups (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance; covers all mental health symptoms)
Meets: Thursdays: 7:00 – 8:00 pm; Saturdays: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Place: Peer Wellness Center, 963 S. Orchard St., Suite 101, Boise
Treasure Valley Mental Health Support Group
Meets: Mondays 7:00 p.m.
Place: 963 S Orchard St, Boise, ID 83705. This group also offers social activities on a weekly basis. Contacts: Sarah (541) 350-8404, Michelle 284-4424, Will 841-7427
Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (children’s mental health issues)
704 N. 7th St. Boise, ID 83702 (208) 433-8845 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Consumer and Family Affairs
This is a vital, central source for information and support for Idaho’s consumers of behavioral health services and their families. The OCAFA provides a link to a variety of community resources to assist consumers and families in locating services, support groups, and educational opportunities that bolster the recovery journey. (208) 336-0880 http://www.jannus.org/program/office-of-consumer-family-affairs
NAMI Boise receives no federal, state or local government funding. All our programs and services are funded by community donations.
Your donation today provides support, education and resources that help improve the lives of individuals and families living with mental illness.
One of the most cost-effective ways to significantly, positively help those affected or afflicted by mental illness is to have your company sponsor a NAMI program. Please click here to contact us with information about corporate sponsors!
ATTEND AN EVENT
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