About us


NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest volunteer-based grassroots mental health organization, dedicated to bettering the lives of those affected by mental illness.

NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment support and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community of hope for all those in need. 

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What We Do

We ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators are served through our excellent educational programs and peer support groups. NAMI is tireless in its efforts to equip and train grassroots volunteer facilitators who provide individual and family support groups in thousands of communities across America.

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Since its inception in 1979, NAMI has been the driving force behind a national investment in lifesaving research, parity for mental healthcare, increased housing, and ensuring that treatments and services are available to those in need when they need them most. NAMI awareness efforts have successfully addressed the stigma of mental illness, helping to tear down this barrier to treatment and recovery. NAMI's signature education programs have helped to spread their message of hope far and wide.

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