NAMI Chicago offers a variety of specialized professional development opportunities for groups interested in increasing their knowledge of mental health. Each presentation also includes personal testimony by an individual living in recovery with a mental health condition or their loved one, because we know that contact and connection is one of the best ways to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness.

To request a training, please fill out our training request form.

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness is an interactive training designed to teach participants about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to reduce stigma, verbal de-escalation techniques, communication skills, and how to access community resources as well as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained police officer.

Bridges of Hope

Bridges of Hope helps faith-based communities recognize and respond to mental health needs within their congregation. The training includes warning signs that someone needs help, steps to take to reduce stigma and ensure members feel supported, and how NAMI Chicago can connect your organization to mental health resources.

Workplace Training

Mental health training tailored to the needs of your specific workplace allows you to support and develop your team. Available topics include increasing awareness and support of mental health in the workplace, reducing stigma at work, self-care/stress reduction, and effective communication skills.

Ending the Silence: Students

Ending the Silence is a 50-minute no-cost training that educates students on the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions. The program reduces stigma around mental illness, teaches positive coping skills and equips youth to help themselves or someone they know who is experiencing mental health warning signs.

Ending the Silence: Families

This training teaches parents and guardians to recognize the warning signs of mental health conditions in youth. The program provides them with helpful tools for effectively communicating concerns, and how to partner with their child's school or healthcare professional to ensure wellness inside and outside the classroom.

Ending the Silence: School Staff

This training educates staff and faculty on the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses in youth, and how those conditions might look in a classroom setting. The presentation also includes strategies about how to connect students to mental health supports within the school and in the community.

First Responder Training

NAMI Chicago trains thousands of first responders each year. Topics include signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, stigma reduction, barriers to mental health care, compassion fatigue/vicarious trauma, crisis intervention, self-care, and how to access mental health resources.

Compartiendo Esperanza

Compartiendo Esperanza (Sharing Hope) is a Spanish/English bilingual training targeted at Latino communities. The training is designed to promote mental health awareness, explore signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, and highlight how and where to find help.

Resource Fairs

NAMI Chicago is committed to sharing resources in the community. If your organization is planning a health or resource fair, please fill out our training request form above to request our resources or staff participation, and we will do our best to accommodate the request.


“People are still talking about how wonderful the presentation was. [The facilitator’s] approach removed the stigma surrounding mental illness…I know you helped many on our team start the path to mental wellness.”
– Stephanie F., NAMI Chicago Workplace Training

“We’re fortunate to have made this new partnership with NAMI, and now we have the tools to make informed decisions as well as back up resources.”
– Elizabeth M., Mental Health Awareness Training

“I had to tell you that it was AMAZING!  Every mental health professional should participate because there is always more to learn.”
- Nneka J.T., Mental Health Awareness Training

“[The facilitator] posited ways in which the information provided in the training could be translated into education in attendees’ various churches. The speaker’s story was powerful and their telling of it was heartfelt, touching, and inspiring both in terms of the personal/family tragedy of untreated mental illness…they provoked thought about how we could be proactively productive [regarding] education and support in our own settings.” – Madelynn S., Bridges of Hope Training