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Call the NAMI Helpline at
Or in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741
NAMI officially hosts a few signature events throughout the year, such as NAMIWalks. DIY events are intended to give you support and resources to host your own independent effort. You may create an event that fits your personality, community and capacity. When you are promoting or speaking about your event, you may title it “[Event], benefiting NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness” to let people know that your event supports us.
You may not use NAMI’s official logo to promote your own event. However, NAMI provides DIY Badges and graphics and guidance for giving your event that NAMI look. Here are some guidelines for using the DIY Badge and you can download the badges here.
Download the DIY Badges
Do not define anyone by a diagnosis or condition. Instead, use person first language. It is important for us to fight to reduce stigma and maintain a positive, supportive tone. For more tips on how to write about NAMI, please see NAMI’s Identity Guide.
NAMI does not reimburse individuals for any expenses related to your DIY event. NAMI is not financially responsible for any staging or other event expenses.
Please mail the proceeds from your event to NAMI within 30 days of the event to the following address:
PO Box 49104
Baltimore, MD 21297
Checks should be made out to NAMI. You may also donate with a credit card by visiting nami.org/donate or by calling 888-999-NAMI (6264).
Yes. Funds donated to NAMI are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. NAMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Be careful when securing your donations to make sure that the credit for that donation is correctly identified. For example, a payment will be deductible for income tax purposes to the individual or organization who wrote the check. If donations are made to an independent organization that then pays NAMI, then only the independent organization qualifies as the donor. Also, when checks are made to NAMI, they may not be used later for any DIY event expenses, and NAMI will not pay back funds for this purpose.
NAMI is unable to publicize your DIY events, but we do provide graphics, tools and resources to help you promote your event in your own way.
Here is some information to let people who are unfamiliar with NAMI know who we are:
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
NAMI HelpLine: www.nami.org/helpline or 800-950-NAMI (6264)
Call the NAMI Helpline at
In a crisis,