NAMI on Campus FAQs

Want to bring NAMI on Campus to your school but don’t know where to start? Check out these FAQs to learn about the process and how to get involved.

There is no NAMI on Campus at my university. How do I start a NAMI on Campus club?

We're currently working to make NAMI On Campus better for students and are not accepting new applications at this time. For additional information and support please see our college guide.

What sort of activities do clubs engage in?

NAMI on Campus clubs engage in all kinds of activities. While we provide resources for events and activities, clubs also have the freedom to decide what events would be best for their campus. Like movie nights, health fairs, bringing in speakers to talk about mental health, a 5K race, partnering with a local NAMI for NAMIWalks and more.
The possibilities are endless!

How often does my club have to meet?

You can meet as often as you like. That can be weekly, biweekly or monthly. 

What should we talk about?

Your meetings can be dedicated to discussing club activities, bringing in guest speakers, offering information or training for your members and working on projects together. How you want to raise awareness, support your peers and plan activities is entirely up to you.

Do I need to become a NAMI member and pay dues?

While it's not required, it is highly recommended that you and all your club members become NAMI members so you can receive additional perks at the local, state and national levels. As students, you qualify for NAMI's Open Door   membership. This membership level allows you to pay only $3 each to become a full NAMI member. You can sign up for this membership through your NAMI State Organization or NAMI Affiliate.

Can I be connected with other NAMI on Campus club leaders?

Absolutely! We have a Facebook group where active club leaders can network and learn about activities taking place around the country. We also send out a newsletter that highlights club activities.

How are on-campus clubs connected to the larger NAMI community?

NAMI on Campus clubs are required to reach out to the NAMI State Organization and NAMI Affiliate before they can become official clubs. Many of our clubs partner with the NAMI State Organization and NAMI Affiliate on activities and some intern in their offices. NAMI on Campus clubs also have access to NAMI at the national level and we provide resources and guidance.

What are NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates?

NAMI is made up of a national headquarters, State Organizations and Affiliates. The national office provides NAMI on Campus clubs with technical assistance and resources, and also approves new clubs. There are NAMI affiliates across the country. These organizations offer information and referral services, run education programs and support groups, host mental health awareness events and activities and advocate at the local and state levels.

NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates provide access to local support groups, programs, services and connection to helpful individuals. They are also required to provide endorsement signatures for clubs as part of the startup process.