NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness,
the nation's largest grassroots organization for
people with mental illness and their families.
Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state
and in more than 1,100 local communities across the
What Is the NAMI Mission?
NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental
illness and to improving the quality of life for
persons of all ages who are affected by mental
What Does NAMI Do?
NAMI members and friends work to fulfill our
mission by providing support, education, and
advocacy. Our many activities include:
NAMI's national website (www.nami.org
over 5.4 million visitors a year who turn to NAMI for
information, referral and education.
NAMI's Helpline (1-800-950-6264) is staffed by a
dedicated team and serves over 4,000 callers
Peer Education and Support
NAMI Educational Programs (Family to Family,
Peer to Peer, NAMI Connection, Hearts and Minds, and
more) provide critical education to help consumers and
family members gain
knowledge and skills for living
successfully with mental illness.
Support Groups are provided through many of
NAMI's state and local affiliates and offer
invaluable connections with peers who understand the
challenges and joys of living with mental
The American Institute of Philanthropy
congratulates NAMI on its A-Grading."
Raising Awareness and Fighting Stigma
NAMIWalks is a signature NAMI event that draws
thousands of concerned citizens every year who
together in over sixty communities across the nation to
raise money and awareness about
StigmaBusters responds to inaccurate and hurtful
language and portrayals of mental illness in the
media and promotes understanding and respect for
those who live with mental illness.
In Our Own Voice presents deeply personal and
moving journeys of recovery by consumers
State and Federal Advocacy
NAMI Advocacy provides a key voice for state and
federal public and private-sector policies that
facilitate research, end discrimination, reduce
barriers to successful life in the community and
promote timely, comprehensive and effective mental
health services and supports.
NAMI Action Centers include the Child &
Adolescent Action Center, the Law and Criminal
Justice Action Center, the Multicultural Action
Center, and the STAR (Consumer Support and
Assistance Resource) Center. NAMI's Action Centers
advocate for unique populations
and develop and
disseminate information to meet specific needs.