NAMI Inland Valley - About Us
What is NAMI?
National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nationís largest grassroots mental
health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with
serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the
nationís voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI
organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the
country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research,
support, and education.
What is the NAMI mission?
NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement
of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.
What does NAMI
Dedicated NAMI members,
leaders, and friends work tireless across all levels to meet a shared NAMI
mission of support, education, advocacy, and research for people living with
mental illness through various activities, including:
Education and Information Activities
- www.nami.org ~ NAMIís
website receives over 5.4 million visitors a year who turn to NAMI for
information, referral, and education; 800.950.6264 ~ NAMIís toll-free HelpLine
serves over 4,000 callers a month and is staffed by a dedicated team of
volunteer associates, as well as state and affiliate HelpLines in communities
across the country;
∑ Public awareness
activities such as
Mental Illness Awareness Week, held
during the first week of each October, helps dispel the stigma surrounding
mental illness and encourage early intervention and treatment.
In Our Own Voice Ė
Available in selected communities across the country, this educational speakers
bureau is presented by trained consumers living with mental illness to groups
from all aspects of the community and both educates the public and supports
consumer recovery and empowerment while dispelling the stigma of mental illness.
and Consumer Peer Education and Support Activities
∑ NAMI offers a cadre of
education programs including Family-to-Family, NAMIís Provider Education
Program, Peer-to-Peer, and other state and local programs offered by trained
family and consumer teachers to help educate other families, consumers, and
∑ Support groups are
offered through many of NAMIís over 1100 affiliates in communities across the
country by families and consumers for families and consumers.
on Behalf of People Living with Mental Illness and for the Health of our
∑ NAMI advocates on the
federal level to ensure nondiscriminatory and equitable federal and
private-sector policies are in place as well as a commitment to research for the
treatment and cures for mental illness.
NAMIís Campaign for the
Mind of America, a grassroots political
communications initiative, focuses on building relationships at national, state,
and local levels with community leaders and elected officials to ensure that
policy decisions are reflective of the best economic, science, recovery, and
systems choices while ensuring the best outcomes.
NAMI Action Centers,
including the Multicultural Action Center, the Children & Adolescent Action
Center, and the Center on Law and Criminal Justice, works to address unique
systems and populations by developing, promoting, and disseminating appropriate
education, advocacy, research, and support models tailored to meet specific
public events that raise funds and awareness while engaging the public,
∑ NAMI Walks, NAMIís
signature event, where thousands of concerned citizens in more than 50
communities across the nation will Walk for the Mind of America to raise money
and awareness about our country's need for a world-class treatment and recovery
system for people with mental illness.
Unmasking Mental Illness Science
and Research Gala, NAMIís annual black tie event held each fall in Washington DC
to raise funds and awareness for NAMIís efforts and to promote research into the
causes and cures for mental illness.