Become a Volunteer

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Thank you for your interest in becoming a NAMI San Diego Volunteer.  NAMI San Diego is the city’s voice on mental illness.  We are part of the grass-roots, non-profit, national NAMI organization founded in 1979 by family members of people with mental illness. We are also an affiliate of NAMI California.

“It gives me a purpose. People appreciate having you there for them.”

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“At first NAMI saved my life and I wanted to give back. Now it’s a lifelong habit.”

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“I want to pay it forward!”

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“I want to give support to those who feel scared, lost, and as if they do not ‘fit in’.”

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“It is a wonderful organization where I can make a difference and end stigma.”

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“I want to provide support and comfort for those experiencing mental illness (including family, friends, and the community.”

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Application Process:

  • Step 1: Fill out and submit and electronic application

  • Step 2: Complete a phone or in person interview with staff

  • Step 3: Complete reference check and/or background if applicable

  • Step 4: Upon completion of steps 1-3, applicant will be invited to attend a Volunteer Information Session

  • Once accepted as a Volunteer:

  • Step 5: Training & Placement

  • Step 6: Supervision, Support & Appreciation

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Volunteer Opportunities:

What is Friends in the Lobby (FIL)?

Friends in the Lobby (FIL) volunteers are a diverse group of caring and passionate individuals. They understand the stress and anxiety that hospitals cause and strive to be a point of contact and support for individuals with lived experience and their families during this critical time. Volunteers will be placed in one of 10 behavioral health units and provide resources.

NAMI San Diego proudly partners with Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, UCSD Medical Center, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Bayview Behavioral Health Campus, Alvarado Parkway Institute, Palomar Medical Center, Tri-City Hospital, Crestwood Behavioral Health, and the VA Medical Center La Jolla and Rady Children’s Hospital.

Time Commitment

2 Hours a Week

Benefits

  • Experience working with people in need of support in a local behavioral health unit!
  • Learn about Behavioral Health and the many resources available in San Diego County!
  • Improve your own skill set through active listening, public speaking, and effective communication!
  • Utilize your passion and experience in a meaningful and impactful way!

What is the Peer and Family Support Helpline (HL)?

Peer and Family Support Helpline (HL) volunteers are placed in the Helpline area within our administrative office. Volunteers manage incoming calls, email inquiries and monitor online chat sessions. It is NOT a crisis line. Volunteers help with a wide variety of questions associated with the behavioral health system. This makes the Helpline the perfect opportunity for someone who wants to learn as much as possible about the local behavioral health system and how it works while also being a supportive assistant to those in need!

Time Commitment

3 Hours a Week / Operating Hours are M-F, 9am-5pm

Benefits

  • Experience working within a local non-profit and call center!
  • Learn about Behavioral Health and the many resources available to San Diego County!
  • Improve your own skill set through active listening, research, effective communication, and reporting as you solve individual concerns!
  • Utilize your passion and experience in a meaningful and impactful way!

What is the Noble Works (NW) business mentorship program?

Noble Works (NW) business mentors will offer support and guidance, encourage growth and accountability, and share knowledge to assist an adult in recovery from a mental health challenge as they enter or re-enter the workforce.

*Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and have 3-years of working experience

*Volunteers must be able to pass a background check

Time Commitment

4 hours per month working with Mentee

Benefits

  • Experience helping someone meet their goals and succeed in a career!
  • Learn about Behavioral Health and the many resources available to San Diego County!
  • Improve your own skill set through active listening, effective communication, and translating your experience into successful mentorship!
  • Utilize your passion and experience in a meaningful and impactful way!

What is Ending the Silence (ETS)?

Ending the Silence (ETS) is a 50-minute mental health awareness program for high school age youth. Teens learn how to recognize the early warning signs of mental illness and what to do if they or someone they know is exhibiting these signs. NAMI Ending the Silence instills a message of hope and recovery and encourages teens to reduce stigma and end the silence surrounding mental illness.

Presented in health, science or psychology classes, youth groups, clubs, and after-school programs, Ending the Silence (ETS) includes presenter stories, educational slides, videos, and discussion. You will provide teens with resources and tools to help themselves, friends or family members who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

*The program is delivered by a trained two-person team: A PowerPoint Presenter and a Young Adult Speaker (ages 18-30) sharing their own journey.

Time Commitment

It varies, but an active volunteer often gives 1 presentation a month

Benefits

  • Experience presenting on mental health and suicide prevention in a school setting!
  • Learn about Behavioral Health and the many resources available to San Diego County!
  • Improve your own skill set through effective communication and public speaking!
  • Utilize your passion and experience in a meaningful and impactful way!

What is NAMI WALKS/RUNS San Diego County?

NAMI Walks/Runs is the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ largest event of the year… and we need YOU to help make this event a success!!! All money raised will be used to support our 30+ programs in support of Mental Health Education, Support, and Advocay!

Join our team today!

Time Commitment

Event Date: Saturday April 28, 2018

Time: Volunteers will fill one (or both) shifts from 6am – 9am OR 9am – 1pm on the day of the event.

How do you become a Volunteer?

***Please note that specific volunteer positions and times will be established two weeks before the event. Possible positions needed include: Registration, Set-up/Take Down, Directional, Cheering Sections(!), and More!

Volunteering with NAMI San Diego is more than just another opportunity. It is becoming a part of the Mental Health Community! With your support we can show that “It’s OK to talk about Mental Illness”

*Also note that if you would like to volunteer as a group or have any questions about this event, please get in contact with: volunteers@namisd.org

How Soon Can I Volunteer?

It depends on what you will be doing with us. It also depends on how quickly you can be interviewed and how quickly your references respond.

How do I attend a Volunteer Information Session (VIS)?

All potential volunteers and interns are required to attend a two hour Volunteer Information Session (VIS) offered on a regular basis. Once accepted as a volunteer, you can register for a VIS. 

Do you offer “direct service” volunteer opportunities?

All students are responsible for finding out if NAMI San Diego volunteer work qualifies for their individual “direct service” needs. Students that are able to obtain required hours through volunteer work with NAMI San Diego are responsible for providing Volunteer Management with appropriate paperwork.

For those who simply need “direct service” experience and do not have specific supervisory requirements, NAMI San Diego has Volunteer opportunities that may quality as direct service for you: Helpline, Friends in the Lobby and Outreach. 

Who can I contact with questions?

Email Volunteers@namisd.org or call  (858) 634-6580 x153