We Want To Hear Your Story.

At NAMI, we want to hear your stories and share them. Sign in and submit your story to tell us how mental illness has affected your life. What has been challenging? What has been helpful to you? What changes would you like to see in mental health care and mental health discourse? The word count for these submissions, which should read like a short personal essay, is 400-700 words. We will select stories to feature throughout the year on NAMI’s personal stories section and/or social media.

Note: we reserve the right to edit before publication.


Present Your Story

Sharing a story about your mental health challenges can help in your own recovery as well as offer encouragement and support to others with similar experiences. NAMI has developed multiple presentations to help you in sharing your story in your community.


Share Your Story to Advocate

Your story has the power to change the hearts and minds of policymakers. NAMI advocates have helped advance policy priorities by sharing their first-hand experiences. Help us continue to ensure the voice of lived experience is part of the policymaking process.


NAMI Sharing Your Story With Law Enforcement

The NAMI Sharing Your Story with Law Enforcement presentation program trains peers and families to share their stories during law enforcement trainings.


Submit To The NAMI Blog

We’re always accepting submissions to the NAMI Blog! We feature the latest research, stories of recovery, ways to end stigma and strategies for living well with mental illness. Most importantly: We feature your voices. Check out our Submission Guidelines for more information.


NAMI HelpLine is available M-F, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET. Call 800-950-6264,
text “helpline” to 62640, or chat online. In a crisis, call or text 988 (24/7).