History of NAMI Broward
NAMI National is 32 years old this year. In October NAMI Broward will be 30 years old. We are approx. 9 or 10 months older than NAMI Florida. NAMI Broward existed before NAMI Florida was organized as a state affiliate. NAMI Broward is #329 of the 1200 affiliates of NAMI national. That means that we were the 329th group to register as a member of NAMI National.
We are also proud to say that a member of NAMI Broward, Max Schneier, who has since passed away, was the person who at a conference at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin in 1979 made a motion from the floor to unite the 58 disparate organizations from across the country, to unite as one national organization with one voice. That organization became NAMI (National Alliance for the mentally ill). Actually we were the 271st to register as the 58 were registered at the conference.
Max was President of an organization in New York at the time then moved to California and finally to Inverarry in Lauderhill, Florida and became a member of NAMI Broward.
WHAT IS NAMI?
NAMI was founded in 1979 by 254 caring people and now has grown to more than 210,000 members in over 1,200 affiliate groups in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico , the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam. NAMI is getting stronger every day. In fact, Worth Magazine recently ranked NAMI in its "Top 100 charities most likely to change the world".
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.
Our Mission: NAMI Broward is dedicated to empowering persons affected by mental illness and their family members to achieve a better quality of life by providing them with mutual support, practical information, referral, advocacy and educational resources
Mental illness affects one in five families, striking persons from all walks of life, regardless of age, race income, religion or education. If untreated, biologically based brain disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder can profoundly disrupt a person's ability to think, feel and relate to others and their environment.
NAMI Members Promote Advocacy for:
· Effective professional treatment
· Programs and legislation which assist persons with mental illness
· Community awareness and removal of the stigma
· Recommendations for services in the mental health system
· Consumer representation on boards and organizations
· Increased funding for research
· Adequate health insurance for persons with Mental Illness
· Affordable housing
· Rehabilitation and social skill
· JUSTICE within the Criminal Justice System
NAMI believes there has to be:
· MORE UNDERSTANDING
· MORE IMPROVEMENT
· MORE VOICES TO SHOUT LOUDER
· WE NEED PEOPLE TO LISTEN!
NAMI IS HERE TO HELP GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS
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