National Alliance on Mental Illness
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With more than 220,000 members nationally, NAMI is the nation's largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with severe brain disorders and their families.
NAMI Alaska is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, support, education and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe brain disorders such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and anxiety disorders, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Hundreds of volunteers participate in our state organization to provide education and support, combat stigma, support increased funding for research, and advocate for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with brain disorders and their families.
In addition, NAMI also provides local information and referral services, interacts with local professionals, works with local media on stories about mental illness, reports on local issues and needs to our state officials, and provides support and encouragement to people with brain disorders and promotes their full participation as community members.
Our 5 local affiliates identify and work on issues most important to their community. Individual membership and the extraordinary work of our volunteer leaders is the lifeblood of NAMI Alaska. The state office, under the direction of an elected Board of Directors, provides strategic direction to our organization, support to NAMI Alaska's affiliate members, and engages in advocacy, education and leadership development statewide.