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NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.
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NAMI reserves the right to remove or edit a post containing offensive material as defined by NAMI. That stated, NAMI does not have the practical ability to restrict conduct or communications prior to transmission and posting, nor can NAMI ensure prompt editing or deletion of offensive posts.
NAMI reserves the right to remove or edit posts that contain explicit, obscene, offensive, or vulgar language. Similarly, posts that contain any graphic files will be removed immediately upon notice.
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3. NAMI invites and encourages a healthy exchange of opinions. If you disagree with a participant 's post or opinion and wish to challenge it, do so with respect. The real objective of the NAMI message board is to promote discussion and understanding, not to convince others that your opinion is "right." Name calling, insults, and personal attacks are not appropriate and will not be tolerated. NAMI will remove these posts immediately upon notice.
4. NAMI promotes privacy and encourages participants to keep personal information such as address and telephone number from being posted. Similarly, do not ask for personal information from other participants. Message board posts that request participants submit personal information to another party will be removed immediately upon notice unless these posts have been pre-approved by NAMI staff. This includes, but is not limited to, communications that ask for telephone, address, e-mail, surveys and research studies.
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6. Posting off-topic messages to discussion groups will result in removal of and the possible suspension of posting privileges.
7. NAMI members or staff who post non-public information on public areas of the site or off-topic messages in member-only discussion areas may have their posting privileges suspended and will be subject to appropriate corrective action.
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NAMI encourages you and other users to contribute content to this Website including, without limitation, videos and textual narratives that share your stories of hope for people with mental illness and associated comments thereto ("User Content"). NAMI reserves the right to review and edit or delete any such User Content. When you view User Content and comments submitted by other users, keep in mind that such User Content may not necessarily represent your own view or the view of NAMI. While NAMI encourages User Content that is supportive and helpful, through your use of the Services, you may be exposed to User Content that you may find offensive, objectionable, harmful, inaccurate or deceptive. You assume all associated risks.
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NAMI includes links on its Website as a convenience to visitors. Inclusion as a link on the NAMI Website is bound by the criteria and policies contained in this document.
NAMI assumes no responsibility for the content, claims, representations, or accuracy of the material contained in the Web link sites. NAMI does not endorse the content of the sites or the organizations sponsoring the website.
NAMI does not accept payment for links from the NAMI Website, other than paid sponsorship of the Web site by non-vested interests.
Oversight of the content of the NAMI Website and application of all policies is the responsibility of the Website Management Committee.
Page Editors who wish to include links will comply with all NAMI policies and criteria.
NAMI reserves the right to eliminate any link, with or without cause.
All linked sites must provide information of potential interest and use to NAMI members.
All linked sites are encouraged to provide a reciprocal link to the NAMI Website home page at www.nami.org.
Any individual or organization requesting a link from the NAMI Website must submit a formal application for consideration and agree to the terms and conditions contained therein.
Individuals or organizations submitting a formal application will be subject to the following criteria:
An automated expiration date 12 months from first posting and annually thereafter;
All linked sites must adhere to the criteria outlined above and fall into at least one of these categories:
State Organizations: All chartered NAMI state organizations may have a link on the NAMI Web site and are not required to submit formal application.
Local Affiliates: All local NAMI affiliates in good standing may have a link on the NAMI Web site and are not required to submit formal application.
Supporting Organizations: NAMI has several supporting organizations and thematic centers of activity whose purposes support the mission of NAMI. These organizations may have a link on the NAMI Web site and are not required to submit formal application.
Funders: NAMI is grateful to the many individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations that support us financially. These organizations may have a link on the NAMI Web site. NAMI also accepts paid sponsorship of the Web site by non-vested interest organizations.
Links to vested interest organizations must be to public education Web pages and not to product promotion sites.
Colleague Organizations: NAMI works with numerous national organizations on issues related to mental illness and disability rights. Organizations with which NAMI has worked or now works may have a link on the NAMI Web site.
NAMI will not link to individual service or treatment providers, but may link to national or umbrella organizations of providers.
State and Federal Offices: NAMI may link to any state or federal site whose functions may be of assistance or interest to NAMI members. State and federal offices are not required to provide reciprocal links to the NAMI site and are not required to submit a formal application for consideration as a link.
Other Related Sites: NAMI may link to other, related sites whose content, in the judgment of the NAMI Web site Management Committee, may be of interest or use to NAMI members.
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