NAMI Support Groups and Educational Programs

NAMI Birmingham offers an array of educational programs for peers, family members, providers and the general public. These programs draw on the experience of peers and family members who have learned to live productive lives and are eager to empower others. These programs also utilize the expertise of mental health professionals and educators. Some of NAMI Birmingham’s free support and recover programs include:


NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.



The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program.



NAMI In Our Own Voice (IOOV) unmasks mental illness, using speaker stories to illustrate the individual realities of living with mental illness.  You gain a better understanding of what it is like to live with mental illness and stay in recovery. NAMI In Our Own Voice can change attitudes, preconceived notions and stereotypes regarding mental illness.  Contact Helena Doering (205) 215-5770 or



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MIC, Mental Illness Caregiver support group meet to share our experience, strength and hope. Mental illness in a loved one is much too hard to face alone. Two support groups available: O’Henry’s at Brookwood Mall – contact Donna at (205) 870-8124; Our lady of the Valley Catholic Church – contact Janice Naccari at for more information.




An educational and advocacy program that will assist NAMI Affiliates and congregations to partner with Christian leaders in gaining a greater understanding of mental illness.  This program is an excellent complement to other NAMI signature programs such as Family to Family as it introduces basic educational data to pastors and members of their congregation about mental health issues. En Española. Conact Ana Maria Sawyer (251) 533-2770 or (800) 626-4199 or email


Additionally, NAMI offers the following:

  • National Veterans Council (NVC) – The mission of the NVC is to advocate for veterans a comprehensive and coordinated system of care in both inpatient and community settings. The mission also covers active military personnel and their dependents with serious mental illness.
  • Family Support Group – MIC, Mental Illness Caregiver support group meet to share our experience, strength and hope. Mental illness in a loved one is much too hard to face alone. 
  • Geriatric Family Education and Therapy – Education and Support for Family members and caregivers of people who have Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. This event offers family and caregivers information about Dementia and Alzhiemer’s, practical tips for caring for your loved one, levels of care and services, financial assistance programs, sharing and support, as well as tips for taking care of yourself.