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National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI Mississippi
2618 Southerland Street
DescriptionThe National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots organization focused on serious mental illnesses. NAMI Mississippi, an affiliate of NAMI National, is a local mental health support and advocacy organization. Since the organization’s inception in 1989, NAMI Mississippi has worked diligently to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by a mental illness. At the heart of NAMI's mission is the sharing of information with people living with mental illness, their families, friends, mental health professionals, and the general public. NAMI strives to offer hope, through support, education, advocacy and the promotion of research. Research is constantly providing us with new information about the brain and the nature of mental illnesses and, consequently, more effective treatments. Our organization plays a leading role in addressing life in recovery once a person has been diagnosed with a brain disorder. Utilizing research-based curricula and best practice strategies, we impact the change of environmental and community norms through policy advocacy, community education, consumer engagement, social change marketing, media advocacy and youth empowerment.
NM has opened a new resource center, the NAMI Resource Center, which offers ongoing unpaid internships for students of psychology, social work or psychiatric nursing. Interns serve as Information and Referral (I&R) Specialists, assisting individuals and family members affected by serious mental illnesses. I&R Specialists provide emotional support, information about mental illnesses, treatment and recovery as well as referral and resource information. Excellent, empathetic communication skills required. Training provided.
The Resource Center is open to the public Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m., except National Holidays.
Queries are accepted by telephone, e-mail, or in person during working hours.
● This is an unpaid part-time internship
● Minimum of 4 months, flexible schedule 8-10 hours per week
● Opportunities for increased responsibility
ResponsibilitiesResponsibilities will include the following:
● Responding to individuals inquiring about mental health services and resources
● Providing case management to link individuals to the appropriate community resources
● Educating individuals about mental illness with an emphasis on early intervention, prevention and recovery
● Developing and implementing a Resource Center Support Team
● Volunteer training and management
● Managing library material check out and check in
● Friendly and conversational
● Must be detail oriented, team player and technologically savvy
● Support visitors using online systems
RequirementsJob Knowledge/ Experience
● Enrolled in a program with a focus on mental health, public administration, psychology, health, education, social work, counseling or a related major
● Excellent written and oral communication skills, with experience in public speaking
● Well organized
● Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs
● Professional demeanor