BTS/NM Facilitator Training Aug 26 in ABQ!

Interested in busting stigma around mental illness and suicide in middle & high school classrooms?

Breaking The Silence/New Mexico announces its Aug 26 facilitator training from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Albuquerque.

Objective:  To train facilitators to present two scripted 45-minute lessons on mental illness to middle and high school students. Note: The training will prepare professionals and non-professionals to teach both lessons.

You will receive the manual, training, and support along the way in order to join the team of dedicated  BTS/NM presenters who are educating New Mexico youth about mental illness in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Española, Pojoaque, and Taos.

Goal:  To provide the language necessary for middle and high school youth to talk about the often taboo topic of mental illness in order to replace stereotypes with facts and stigma with compassion.

Where:  Grief Resource Center, 1113 University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque. (behind French Funerals)

Cost:   $25 fee is non-refundable and includes training, materials and lunch.

Please make checks to: Compassionate Touch Network, 1000 Cordova Place, #436, Santa Fe, NM 87505

CEUs Available: 5 ½ CEUs from the National Association of Social Workers-New Mexico for Social Workers and LPCCs. Additional cost for CEUs is $50.

Registration: To learn more… and/or to register for the training, please contact Sandy @ with your name and phone number and she will call you.

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Sunday Is Funday, Aug 20, noon-4pm

Visit us Aug 20 at Sunday Is Funday Enjoy this annual event.  Stop by our booth and say Hello!

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Aug. 10, 5-7 p.m. Celebration

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque invites you to their Open House, celebrating the opening of their new Intensive Outpatient Program.

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Fall Family-to-Family Education Program Starts Sept 11

NAMI Westside, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program for the Fall, beginning on Monday, September 11th, 2017 at the NAMI Westside office in Rio Rancho.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with a mental illness.

Please contact Marianne Wright to pre-register as seating is limited. LEARN MORE.

Marianne Wright- 505-404-9234
Family-to-Family Coordinator
NAMI Office: 505-990-2292
4011 Barbara Loop SE – Suite 202

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Open Beds Available

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NAMI Receives $1 Million Gift for Ending the Silence

NAMI has the pleasure of announcing the exciting news that we have received a generous gift of $1 million from Former Second Lady of the United States, Tipper Gore.


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Education Night Resumes Sep 26

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Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

Read NAMI-Westside President’s recent article in the Rio Rancho Observer….

“…the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of the 60 million Americans affected by mental illness. Together as a nation, we need to be the champions of new ideas, education and supports that improve both treatment and life outcomes for everyone who lives with mental illness. … we can embrace and advance this bold vision for the sake of our loved ones, ourselves and the one in four adults and one in 10 children affected by mental illness every year in the U.S.”


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You can support NAMI Westside through Amazon’s AmazonSmile. How?

  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NAMI-Westside (National Alliance On Mental Illness Westside Affiliate) whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
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We greatly appreciate your support!

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NAMI Speaks Out On Mental Illness

KRQE, Channel 13 in Albuquerque recently ran a news report about a mentally ill man who was on a local business roof and had caused Central Avenue to be shut down for several hours.
The station reached out to Marilyn Salzman, NAMI Westside president to go on camera and talk about mental illness. Click the video below to see the full report and Marilyn Salzman’s interview. “Mental illness does not discriminate.” –Marilyn Salzman

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