Programs and Services

NAMI El Paso offers classes for those personally affected and for the family members and loved ones of those with mental illnesses. These classes are invaluable to the family and to the consumer. You will learn coping skills, problem solving techniques, and information about the various mental illnesses, medications and advocacy.

All classes, support groups, trainings, and materials are free of charge, and are offered in English and Spanish.  Our classes and family support groups are facilitated by family members who have previously taken the class and trained to become teachers.

The more we learn about mental illness, the more we can help our loved ones and ourselves.  Find Help. Find Hope.

Educational Programs

A 6-session educational program for parents and caregivers of children adolescents living with a mental health condition.


Un programa educativo de 6 sesiones para padres y para quienes proporcionan cuidado de niños y adolescentes que viven con condiciones de salud mental.

A 12 session educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with a mental health condition.

Un curso educativo de 12 sesiones para familiares, para quienes proporcionan cuidado y para amistades de personas que viven con condiciones de salud mental


Presentations that unmask mental health, using speaker stories to illustrate the individual realities of living with mental health conditions.

Presentaciones que desenmascaran la enfermedad mental, usando historias que ilustran la realidad individual de vivir con una enfermedad mental.

A free, 4-hour seminar that informs and supports family members, partners, friends and significant others who have loved ones with a mental health condition. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Seminar leaders are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one with a mental health condition.

The NAMI Smarts Grassroots Advocacy Training Program is a modular, practice-based program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.

An in-service training that introduces mental health professionals to the unique perspectives of individuals living with mental illness and their families. A trained team, that includes a mental health professional who lives with a mental health condition or is a family member, a family member of an individual living with a mental health condition and an individual with a mental health condition who is now in recovery, lead this training as either a one-time 4-hour seminar or a 5-day class.

Support Groups

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NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with a mental health condition.


Grupos de apoyo dirigidos por familiares para familiares, y para quienes cuidan personas que viven con enfermedades mental. Confidencial.


For people living with a mental health condition in which people learn from each others’ experience, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding. Confidential.

Support groups are free and require no RSVP. To see the calendar of support groups please click here.

How To Register

Meeting sites/class types, dates and times are subject to change. Click on the Calendar menu or call our office to confirm program information.

  • Interim Director of Programs, NAMI Smarts Coordinator: Nellie Mendoza,
  • Family-to-Family, Basics Coordinator:  Alejandra Valdez,
  • In Our Own Voice (IOOV), Peer-to-Peer, Parents & Teachers as Allies Coordinator:  Denise Uga,
  • Office Manager, NAMI Family & Friends Coordinator, NAMI Provider Coordinator: Jennifer Krautkremer,
  • Outreach & Fundraising Events Coordinator (NAMIWalks):  Isidro Torres,
  • Volunteer/ Intern Coordinator, Support Group Coordinator:  Brenna Bandstra,
  • For general information: Contact the NAMI El Paso office at or call (915) 778-5726 or (915) 534-5478

In order to ensure we have enough material for everyone, you must pre-register for the educational programs.

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