NAMI staff and trained speakers provide informative, powerful and hopeful presentations to community groups, businesses and organizations to help break down stigma and enrich audiences' understanding of the impact of mental illnesses. These presentations can help individuals navigate, understand and live with these challenges.

Is your business, organization, or school looking for education on mental health or mental illness? For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Megan Zimmerman.

NAMI 101 Topics

NAMI Fox Valley 101 is an introduction to our services and programs, philosophy and mission. Utilizing the recovery definition, dimensions, and principles established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this presentation brings to life and builds understanding of living well in recovery with a mental illness.
What is mental illness? What is mental health? This informative, 50-minute presentation provides an overview of mental illness and its impact; treatment and recovery; the adverse effects of stigma; the importance of advocacy; and NAMI Fox Valley’s role in the community to educate, support and empower those affected by mental illness.
This presentation for high school students will provide information on the signs and symptoms of several common mental illnesses; helps all teens learn mental health coping skills; and reduces stigma through personal stories. Optimal for Psychology classes.
Family members/caregivers of individuals with mental illness (both adult and youth) face significant challenges with stigma, accessing treatment and receiving community resources. This presentation focuses on encouraging caregivers to support self-care so they can better support their loved one.
Learn best practices and techniques in nonviolent crisis de-escalation to support someone in a crisis related to mental illness or suicide. This presentation requires a minimum of 90 minutes.
This interactive presentation is specifically tailored for the Latino community. Two presenters share their lived experiences dealing with mental health problems. This presentation helps participants understand mental health conditions and provides information on how to receive support.
Addiction and mental illness- two problems, one person. Learn about the complex relationship between mental illness and concurring substance abuse (or other addiction) as well as understanding the importance of integrated treatment.
Learn about the emotional, physical, social, financial and legal effects on an individual struggling with hoarding, as well as their family members. This workshop builds understanding of the causes of hoarding as well as practical resources to support individuals and families.
Part 1 ACES Study and Impact of Trauma: Trauma refers to extreme stress (e.g., threat to life, bodily integrity or sanity) that overwhelms a person's life, leaving them with the inability to cope. Traumatic events result in feeling vulnerable, helpless and fearful. These events affect relationships and fundamental beliefs about oneself, others and one's place in the world. Learn about the ACES study and how you, your organization and our community can use Trauma Informed Care to recognize the impact and prevalence of trauma and provide supportive and safe environments for survivors of trauma. Part 2 Trauma-Informed Care: Building on part 1, this interactive presentation reviews self-care strategies as well as implementing trauma sensitive values including: safety principles and environmental techniques in the organization.


MEGAN ZImmerman, community outreach coordinator

  (920) 954-1550