Please note: this is a listing for an unpaid, volunteer position.
Are you interested in making a meaningful difference in people's lives?
The NAMI HelpLine is contacted over 70,000 times a year by people across the U.S. who are affected by mental illness and in need of help. HelpLine Information and Resource Referral Specialists provide a vital service to the NAMI community by responding with empathy to inquiries by phone, SMS/chat, and social media posts, and by providing valuable information about mental health conditions and treatment options, NAMI education and support programs, and other mental health resources.
NAMI HelpLine Specialists help individuals and families improve their lives and advance mental health recovery by listening to their concerns and connecting them with essential resources and services. They extend empathy, understanding, respect and emotional support to everyone contacting the NAMI HelpLine. In return, HelpLine Specialists also develop a deep understanding of the mental health landscape, mental illnesses, treatment options and recovery strategies. They will also experience the sincere appreciation and gratitude expressed by the individuals, families, and caregivers they serve.
Currently, all HelpLine Specialists are working from their homes, apartments or dorms and connecting with help seekers using NAMI's cloud-based communications platform by computer-based phone, SMS/chat, and email. Interns are required to have access to a computer with the most recent operating system (Mac, PC or Linux) as well as high-speed internet.
Working with help seekers on the NAMI HelpLine is extremely rewarding, and yet at times, challenging. This requires a commitment to completing a three-week onboarding designed to prepare you to confidently and positively address the diverse needs presented by help seekers. Throughout your onboarding experience, you will complete rewarding online instructional content, interactive exercises, knowledge checks and a final test prior to joining as a member of the NAMI HelpLine Specialist Team.
Minimum Time Commitment Requirements
Please note the following time commitment requirements:
All HelpLine Specialist shifts are fulfilled during regular HelpLine hours within Shift #1: 10am - 2pm; Shift #2: 2 - 6pm; or Shift #3: 6 - 10pm Mon-Fri, Eastern Standard Time
The NAMI HelpLine team strives to create a supportive "virtual" community for our interns! Ongoing support is provided throughout each shift via cloud-based technology, and our staff and interns participate daily in two mid-day Zoom meetings to share experiences and information, and to answer questions. In addition, our staff routinely observe and provide coaching support throughout each HelpLine Specialist's time on HelpLine.