Weekly Support Groups: NAMI and Community Support Groups are free and available virtually. Get more information at https://namibouldercounty.org/find-support/support-groups/
NAMI Committee Meetings: Join a NAMI Boulder County Committee and get involved in improving mental health in our community. See list of meetings on our Volunteer page: https://namibouldercounty.org/volunteer/.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. This is a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. NAMI is here to help.
September 24: NAMI Basics Class and Support Group
Are you a parent or caregiver of a young person experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition? NAMI Basics, a FREE education program, is designed to help you—and it’s now offered online! Register for our upcoming course beginning Thursday, September 24, 2020 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendees will attend the online self-paced course each week and attend the corresponding support group on Thursdays at 7:00 pm via Zoom.
September 29 – November 17: NAMI Family-to-Family Class
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 8-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The class will be co-presented by NAMI Boulder County and NAMI Jeffco and will meet virtually for 8 consecutive weeks. Please email email@example.com for more information and to register.
September 30: Free Teen Mental Health Webinar for Parents and Teens
This Is My Brave Intern Anastasia Vlasova leads this webinar presentation for teens and their parents about the state of mental health in the world, how youth can get involved with mental health advocacy, and how parents can better support their children’s mental health.
September 29, October 1, and October 13: Mental Health Colorado Candidate Forums
Mental Health Colorado is hosting a series of candidate forums ahead of election day with one goal: ensuring all Colorado voters are confident that anyone they are voting for will lead us in the right direction for mental health.
The dates for the forums are as follows:
- State House – Thurs., Oct. 1 at 12:00 p.m.
- State Senate – Tues., Sept. 29 at 12:00 p.m.
- District Attorney and Board of Education – Tues., Oct. 13 at 12:00 p.m.
More information and register here.
October 4-10: Mental Illness Awareness Week
In 1990, Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI’s efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined NAMI in the effort to educate the public about mental illness.
Mental Illness Awareness Week runs from October 4 – 10 and coincides with additional related events:
- Tuesday Oct. 6: National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding
- Thursday Oct. 8: National Depression Screening Day
- Saturday Oct. 10: World Mental Health Day
- Saturday Oct. 10: NAMIWalks National Day of Hope
October 8, 13, 20, 27: Community Conversations on the Impacts of Mental Health
Join local leaders and experts as they discuss how mental illness impacts social systems and programs that address these challenges. All conversations are moderated by Doyle Forrestal, CEO of Colorado Behavioral Health Care Council.
- Thursday, October 8 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm, The Intersection of Mental Health and The Criminal Justice System
- Tuesday, October 13 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm, The Intersection of Mental Health and Education
- Tuesday, October 20 | 6:00– 7:30 pm, The Intersection of Mental Health and Business/Commerce
- Tuesday, October 27 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm, The Intersection of Mental Health and Social Justice/Equity
This event is a collaborative effort by Mental Health Partners and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Boulder County. Learn more here.
October 11-17: OCD Awareness Week
Each year during the second full week of October, community groups, service organizations, and clinics across the US and around the world celebrate throughout the week with events such as educational lecture series, OCD-inspired art exhibits, grassroots fundraisers, and more.
October 17-18: NAMI Colorado Annual Conference
Join us for NAMI Colorado’s first Virtual Annual Conference! We will have two days of classes, meetings, and opportunities to learn.
- Panels on Mental health and Technology
- Diversity and Inclusion in Mental Health
- CIT officers
- Colorado State Hospital Litigation
- Denver Social Impact Bond and How it Can Help Communities Address Mental Health
- Competency, Transitions between Civil and Criminal Systems
- Using Art as Therapy
- Storytelling for Impact and Persuasion
- And So Much More!
There will be two evening events for fun, community engagement, and to celebrate all the wonderful things NAMI does!
Tickets for evening events will be available soon; save the date!
You can also support mental health advocacy and NAMI Colorado’s mission by joining us for the 5x5k for Good a contactless, self-paced, app-guided experience that challenges you to complete five 5Ks in 24 hours, all around the Denver metro area. Get more info and register here!
October 30: 2020 International Mental Health Research Symposium
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s International Mental Health Research Symposium will be held virtually on October 30, 2020. Watch the BBRF Outstanding Achievement Prizewinners share new breakthroughs and insights on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, autism, cognitive neuroscience and childhood psychiatric disorders. A presentation on familial risk for depression will be given by the recipient of the 2020 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health. Learn more and register here.
November 5-6: Attention Homes Sleep Out for Homeless Youth
Join Attention Homes staff, volunteers, sponsors and sleepers to raise awareness and help to support youth experiencing homelessness in Boulder County! POD STYLE!
November 19: NAMI Family & Friends
Please join us for a VIRTUAL presentation of NAMI Family & Friends, a free 90-minute seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them.
Check the event calendars for our community partners:
Moving Beyond Trauma, a program of Mental Health Partners https://www.mhpcolorado.org/moving-beyond-trauma-events/
Boulder Community Hospital, Education Live Stream https://www.bch.org/Community-Events/Community-Education-Lectures-Livestream.aspx
LEAP Foundation Online Trainings https://lfrp.org/online-trainings