NAMI Mission & History
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.
Founded in 1979, NAMI has more than 210,000 members who seek equitable services for people with severe mental illnesses, which are known to be physical brain disorders. Working on the national, state, and local levels, NAMI provides education about severe brain disorders, supports increased funding for research, and advocates for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with serious psychiatric illnesses.
In addition to 1200 state and local affiliates in the United States, NAMI has affiliates in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and American Samoa, and has helped start sister organizations in Australia, Japan, and the Ukraine.
To improve the lives of the citizens of Bucks County who suffer from a serious mental illness or, as family members and caregivers, share the burden of these devastating illnesses.
Our mission is accomplished through programs designed to support, educate and advocate for individuals with a mental illness and their family members. We strive to educate the public about the true nature of mental illnesses and combat the stigma and discrimination often faced by people with these serious brain disorders.
Our programs educate individuals with mental illness to better understand their illness, stressors, and how to live in recovery. We help families to understand and be supportive of loved ones with mental illness. We also advocate for training of teachers, law enforcement, and first responders to recognize and respond appropriately to individuals with mental illness.
Call the toll-free NAMI HelpLine 1-866-399-NAMI  for information and referral. The NAMI HelpLine is staffed 12 hours a day, 7 days a week and has a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week message line. Or visit the national website www.nami.org