NAMI
National Alliance on Mental Illness
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(800) 950-NAMI; info@nami.org
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Principles of Support

  • We will see the individual first, not the illness.
  • We recognize that mental illnesses are medical  illnesses that may have environmental triggers.
  • We understand that mental illnesses are  traumatic events.
  • We aim for better coping skills.
  • We find strength in sharing experiences.
  • We reject stigma and do not tolerate discrimination.
  • We won’t judge anyone’s pain as less than our own.
  • We forgive ourselves and reject guilt.
  • We embrace humor as healthy.
  • We accept we cannot solve all problems.
  • We expect a better future in a realistic way.
  • We will never give up hope.

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