New Affiliate Interest Form | NAMI

New Affiliate

NAMI Affiliates are created by groups of individuals who embrace the mission of NAMI and its commitment to building a community of hope for all of those in need. Volunteer leaders come to NAMI with a passion to dedicate their time and resources to facilitate support groups, teach NAMI signature programs, advocate for mental health systems change, and foster peer relationships that empower and strengthen new leadership.


Basic requirements for new NAMI Affiliates include:

  • A minimum of five members
  • At least two trained teachers or facilitators to conduct NAMI Education classes or programs in the community

This form is for anyone currently or previously involved with NAMI who would like to start a new NAMI Affiliate. Please check first to see if there’s an existing NAMI Affiliate in your area by going to Find Your Local NAMI. If you’re looking for local support, you can visit Support Groups to locate a group near you. If you’re interested in partnerships with NAMI, please visit Partner With Us for more information.


Currently, we are not able to accommodate New Affiliate Development in states and US territories where there is no NAMI State Organization in place (WV, ND, PR, and VI), or outside of the United States.


Complete the form below to begin the process of starting a new NAMI Affiliate:


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First Name*
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