Who Is NAMI?
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the United States, and it is dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness; as well as, their families. Since its founding in 1979, NAMI has become the nations leading voice on mental health issues. As a nationwide organization, it has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.
Understanding Mental Illness
We all experience emotional ups and downs from time to time caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions and become something longer lasting. They are medical conditions that cause changes in how we think and feel and in our mood. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing.