NAMI operates several free classes and support groups for those living with mental illness, as well as friends and family members. Also check out our speakers bureau, In Our Own Voice!

Idaho’s mental health offerings can only improve as we work together! Join NAMI, volunteer or donate to NAMI Idaho today!



Improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental illness through support, education, advocacy and research.


  • Endorses the mission, values, and policies of NAMI National
  • Develops statewide positions on issues relating to mental illness and advocate for such positions at the state level
  • Assists in the coordination of local, state and national mental health advocacy efforts
  • Advocates for the timely and effective delivery of services for Idaho residents affected by mental illnesses
  • Promote the understanding of mental illness as a neurobiological disease


  • Monitors and keeps the Affiliates informed of the activities of state agencies that relate to mental health issues.
  • Assists in the formation, growth and/or development of Affiliates in Idaho.
  • Supports affiliates by providing training, support, and technical assistance for the delivery of NAMI signature programs and other educational, support, and recovery programs.


Michael Sandvig

Christina Cernansky
Executive Director, Wood River Valley

Jane Roberts

Sharlisa Davis

Tewatennietha Evans
Advisory Board, Wood River Valley

Catherine M. Perusse, LCPC, NCC
Board Member, Far North

Ann Wimberley
Board Member, Far North

John Tanner, PhD
Upper Valley

Rick Huber




  • NAMI Helpline: This is a free service that provides information, referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., ET. The number is 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
  • Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a–year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.


Despite what some people believe, mental illness isn't a choice. It isn't an attention-getting nor a manipulative behavior. Nor will telling a person "Just be happy", "Just settle down and relax" or "Hey, just get with reality" solve their problems.

No. Genetics, environment, trauma, biochemical processes and lifestyle are all factors in mental health disorders.

The links below will take you to NAMI National's conditions pages, where you can find objective, factual information about mental health disorders and their treatment.


Know the Warning Signs

Treatment & Services


When mental illness is present, the potential for crisis is never far from mind. Crisis episodes related to mental illness can feel incredibly overwhelming. There’s the initial shock, followed by a flood of questions—the most prominent of which is: “What can we do?”

People experiencing mental illness—and the people who care for them—need information. However, that information is not always readily available and the search for answers may require more energy and persistence than possible in times of crisis.

"Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency" (Crisis Guide) provides important, potentially life-saving information for people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones. This guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, strategies to help de-escalate a crisis, available resources and so much more.


Live Better Idaho is a free informational resource with links to resources for finances, healthcare, food/nutrition, veterans, child care, family services and work/education. The website asks for your age, household members' ages, gross monthly income -- no name, phone or email required.


YES is an ongoing collaborative effort to implement a new system of care for Idaho’s children and youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED).

Please click the image to read YES's brochure, here for enrollment information and here to access the YES website.


All programs and support groups are completely free to participants. All costs for materials, printing, facilities, and instructor training are provided by the local NAMI affiliate. Group leaders have completed 20+ hours formal training by NAMI National-certified instructors.

To Register: Contact your local NAMI affiliate for information on upcoming class times, locations or to schedule a presentation. For more information, please visit

Special thanks to all of our volunteers, members and donors who make these classes available for FREE!


NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free, 60- or 90-minute presentation.

What's In It For You?

NAMI In Our Own Voice adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. Going to this presentation will provide you:

  • A first-hand account of what it's like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it's possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
  • A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.

If you would like to host a NAMI In Our Own Voice presentation, contact your local NAMI affiliate.



NAMI Family & Friends is a 90-minute weekly support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Volunteer facilitators have personal experience with mental health conditions in their families and/or friends. Participants are free to discuss diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation/response, self-care strategies and NAMI resources. All gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need. Other details include:

  • Free for participants.
  • Designed for adult loved ones (18+) of individuals living with mental illness.
  • No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended.
  • All participants and discussions are confidential.
  • No calls, emails or reservations needed! Just show up. We'd love to have you visit.

Meets: Every Weds Except Holidays
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Place: 640 Pershing, Pocatello 83201

Idaho Falls
Meets: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Place: Developoment Workshop, 555 West 25th St, Idaho Falls 83402

Meets: First Wednesday every month
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Place: North Room, The Sun Club South, 731 N 1st Ave, Hailey 83333

NAMI CONNECTION (Peer Support Groups)


NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who've been there.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need.

What's In It For You

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:

  • See the individual first, not the illness
  • Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
  • Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Work for a better future in a realistic way
  • No calls, emails or reservations needed! Just show up. We'd love to have you visit.



Meets: Tuesdays

Time: Noon- 1:30pm

Place: The Phoniex Boise: 511 S Americana Blvd, Boise, ID 83702 (PLease aviod parking on Cooper St.)


NEW! Starting(Feb 14th)

Meets: Thursdays

Time: 4-6pm

Place: Collister Library! 4824 W State Street, Boise, ID 83703

Coeur d'Alene
Meets: Thursdays
Time: 6:30 -8:00 PM (no class on Thanksgiving)
Place: United Way Conference Room, 501 E Lakeside, Coeur d'Alene 83816

Idaho Falls
Meets: Wednesdays
Time: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Place: Trinity United Methodist Church, 237 N. Water Ave, Idaho Falls 83402

Meets: Every Thursday (except holidays)
Time: 5:30pm-7pm
Place: North Room, The Sun Club South, 731 N 1st Ave, Hailey 83333


NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery.

Taught by a trained team of people who've been there, the program includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Everything is confidential, and NAMI never recommends a specific medical therapy or treatment approach.

What's In It For You?

This in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow. This is a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope for all people living with mental illness.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer helps you:

  • Create a personalized relapse prevention plan
  • Learn how to interact with health care providers
  • Develop confidence for making decisions and reducing stress
  • Stay up-to-date on mental health research
  • Understand the impact of symptoms on your life
  • Access practical resources on how to maintain your journey toward recovery


NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is an officially-designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

What's In It For You?

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you'll learn about:

  • How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • The impact of mental illness on the entire family


Meets: First four Wednesdays of the month

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Place: El-Ada Program Building, 2250 S. Vista Ave., Boise (SE corner of Vista and Targee)



Meets: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Place: First United Methodist Church, 2717 12th Avenue Rd, Nampa (in the GPS building)


Meets: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Pocatello
Contact: Danielle,, (208) 244-0870


NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.

You'll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they're getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.

The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you're going through because they've been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

What's In It For You?

At NAMI Basics, you'll find out that you're not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Basics provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You also can help others with your own experience.

NAMI Basics covers:

  • Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
  • Advocating for your child's rights at school and in health care settings
  • Learning about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and supporting resources to help you navigate these systems
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family


Sometimes, the worst wounds are the ones you can't see.

NAMI is single-minded in its message that you should not have to face mental illness alone. We are dedicated to providing the resources and support PTSD sufferers need to address their mental from judgment.

That's why NAMI has launched an online course to help those impacted by PTSD. It provides veterans, service members and military families the opportunity to learn from other veterans about PTSD and available treatment options to reduce stress reactions.

Even though the online course was created for service members and veterans, it's also helpful for anyone who's experienced a traumatic life event.

After answering a few confidential questions about your experiences, you’ll learn about PTSD from veterans via video and receive resources about treatment options available to reduce your stress reactions. This program provides a safe and confidential way to explore whether you’d like to talk to a professional.

If you or someone you know is dealing with PTSD, you are not alone. Many supports, services and treatment options are available.

Click here to get started with our new PTSD Treatment Options section!



NAMI Idaho receives no federal, state or local government funding. All our programs and services are funded by community donations.

Your donation today provides support, education and resources that help improve the lives of individuals and families living with mental illness.


Click here to become a part of NAMI! Subscribe to the latest mental health updates, participate in an online discussion group, learn how to advocate in your community and add your voice to the mental health movement.


No matter what your skills are, how much time you have available or where you live, NAMI \can use your help!

Feel free to contact your local affiliate to get started. We look forward to hearing from you soon!



Address: 1985 E 25th St, Idaho Falls, ID 83404



Address: PO Box 1082, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816
Phone: 208-691-9674
Serving: Coeur d’Alene area

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Address: PO Box 2462, Idaho Falls, ID 83403
Phone: 208-243-0952
Serving: Bonneville, Bingham, Jefferson, Madison, Custer, Butte, Teton, Fremont, Clark and Lemhi counties

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Address: PO Box 2415, Sandpoint, ID 83864-0913
Phone: 208-597-2047
Serving: North Idaho panhandle

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Address: PO Box 9492, Boise, ID 83707
Phone: 208-801-1609
Serving: Treasure Valley (Mountain Home to Ontario, OR)

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Address: 1050 Fox Acres Road, P.O. Box 95, Hailey, ID 83333
Phone: 208-481-0686
Serving: Hailey / Sun Valley / Ketchum / Hailey area

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