NAMI Dane County community education programs provide the public with the information and resources they need to better understand mental illness, how to recognize early warning signs and connect people with mental health challenges to community resources. Additionally, our community education programs strive to increase public awareness about the challenges of living with a mental illness and reduce stigma.
Please note there is a cost for the Mental Health & Verbal De-escalation Training depending on the total number of participants and duration (1-3 hour options). However, the Hearing Voices community education program is provided at no charge to the public. To schedule a presentation, please complete the presentation request form at the bottom of this page.
Community Education Presentations
- Mental Health & Verbal De-escalation Training is a one- to three-hour training on the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses, how to recognize the early warning signs, and available support services in the community. This workshop also provides scenarios that offer specific techniques to help deescalate a mental health crisis in a workplace setting. This workshop can be tailored to the group. Please note there is a cost associated with this training and is dependent on the number of people and duration (1-3 hour options).
- Hearing Voices is a one-hour workshop that simulates auditory hallucinations while participants complete various tasks. Audiences will better understand the day-to-day challenges that people with mental illnesses may face, become more empathetic and compassionate towards people who hear voices, and apply what they have learned to their interactions with people who experience auditory hallucinations. This workshop is provided at no cost to the public.