Welcome to NAMI Alaska!

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NAMI Alaska is the statewide umbrella organization for Alaska's four regional NAMI affiliates in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and the North Slope. We provide education, support, advocacy, and public awareness so that all individuals affected by mental illness can build better lives. You're not alone, and we're glad you're here.

NAMI Alaska is recruiting for trainers and facilitators

NAMI programs are led by trained peer facilitators who have lived experience with mental health conditions. This may include individuals living in recovery from a mental health condition or family members who have provided support and care to a loved one. NAMI Alaska provides training for individuals to facilitate classes and support groups These are volunteer positions offered in a group setting. 

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Facilitator qualifications:

     Be a peer (18+) living with a mental health condition.

     Attend at least three support group sessions

NAMI Peer to Peer Teacher Qualifications:

     Be a Peer (18+) living with a mental health condition

     Attend a Peer to Peer Class

NAMI Family to Family Teacher Qualifications:

     Be an adult (18+), family member, partner, friend or relative with a loved one with a mental health condition

     Attend a Family to Family class

NAMI Family Support Group Facilitation Qualifications:

     Be an adult (18+), family member, partner, friend or relative with a loved one with a mental health condition

     Attend at least three support group sessions

     

Once you meet the qualifications, please provide the following information in an email to: Alaskanami@gmail.com

Include:  Name

                Phone Number

                Email

                Zip Code

                Diagnosis/status

                Group or class - dates attended

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In these challenging times, people may be experiencing more mental health symptoms including, but not limited to, feelings of anxiety or depression. In response, we are partnering with NAMI Anchorage, NAMI Juneau, and NAMI Fairbanks to expand our online support group offerings.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please take one of the safety actions described below:

  • IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY, dial 911, explain that the situation involves a mental health emergency, and request that a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) office be dispatched; OR go immediately to your
    local emergency room.

  • Call Careline Alaska at 1-877-266-4357 (HELP). Careline Alaska is available by phone statewide 24/7.

  • You can view more crisis resources on our Crisis Resources page.
     

For more information on mental health resources, head to the Alaska 211 page.

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NAMI offers these tips for people with mental health conditions:

  • For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who the CDC has described as being at higher risk, you can ask your health care provider about tele-therapy or mental health services online.

  • For anyone who is worried about access to prescribed medications, you can ask your health care provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60 or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, we encourage you to refill your medications as soon as they are allowed.

  • Note: If healthcare providers deny/decline making accommodations, challenge the decisions at least three times. Decision-makers on making health plan adjustments may change if/as conditions worsen.

  • Listen to and follow your local public health care provider expectations.

  • Provide self-care, especially if in the higher risk population as defined by the CDC. Pay attention to emerging symptoms. Reach out to family and friends.

  • You can view a COVID-19 Resource and Information guide here.

  • You can find current information and advice on COVID-19 at the Municipality's COVID-19 updates page, through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services email and text updates, and the CDC's COVID-19 page.