New course schedule coming soon!

NAMI Basics is a class for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed.


NAMI Family & Friends


NAMI Family & Friends is a free 90-minute or four-hour seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support.

The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics.

  • Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery

  • Effective communication strategies

  • The importance of self-care

  • Crisis preparation strategies

  • NAMI and community resources


If you would like to schedule a Family & Friends presentation for your church, class, or community group, please contact NAMI Chattanooga at 423-521-2590.

NAMI of East Tennessee is in dire need of trained Ending The Silence and In Our Own Voice presenters. Read these program descriptions. If you would like to give back to the mental health community by becoming a presenter, contact NAMI Tennessee Education Director Denise Stewart at 615-361-6608.

NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs. 

NAMI In Our Own Voice is a presentation for the general public to promote awareness of mental illness and the possibility of recovery.

NAMI Homefront is a class for families, partners and friends of military service members and veterans experiencing a mental health challenge. The course is designed specifically to help these families understand those challenges and improve the ability of participants to support their service member or veteran.

For a complete list of NAMI TN programs, visit HERE.

Online Classes


NAMI Basics 

NAMI National has created NAMI Basics OnDemand in response to the outpouring of requests by parents and caregivers for a program option that doesn’t require in-person attendance. The OnDemand format gives participants an opportunity to get engaged with NAMI programs who otherwise may not be able to participate in their communities.


NAMI Basics OnDemand facts:

  • The six-module course covers the same material as the in-person NAMI Basics classes.

  • NAMI Basics OnDemand gives parents and caregivers the opportunity to participate in NAMI Basics on their own schedule without the worry of finding care for their children, traveling or feeling the disappointment of an in-person class canceling because of low enrollment.

  • The Connect and Share option in NAMI Basics OnDemand offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to share stories, support and interact with each other in an online setting.

NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for family, friends and significant others of military service members and veterans. The class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions.

Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment, and recovery.
The program is designed to help family members understand and support their service member/veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI
Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/ Veteran. The class is free but you are expected to attend all six sessions.

Now offered online! We understand that attending an in-person class can be difficult for busy individuals and families. We now offer NAMI Homefront Online. Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. Audio will be via telephone line, a headset is recommended.

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