Our Vision

NAMI envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.

Our Mission

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Our Values

  • Hope: We believe in the possibility of recovery, wellness and the potential in all of us.
  • Inclusion: We embrace diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.
  • Empowerment: We promote confidence, self-efficacy and service to our mission.
  • Compassion: We practice respect, kindness and empathy.
  • Fairness: We fight for equity and justice.
 

Who We Are

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of more than 600 local Affiliates and 48 State Organizations who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At NAMI, we believe a diverse, inclusive and equitable organization (or Alliance) is one where all employees, volunteers and members — regardless of gender, race, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, education, disability, veteran status or other dimension of diversity — feel valued and respected.

We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and to providing equal opportunity for employment, participation and advancement in all programs and worksites.

NAMI 40th Anniversary

NAMI 40th Anniversary

Since 1979, NAMI has been a beacon of help and hope to all people affected by mental health conditions. From humble beginnings around kitchen tables to 48 NAMI State Organizations, more than 600 NAMI Affiliates and a national headquarters, we have grown into the largest grassroots mental health organization in the country.

For 40 years, we have been at the forefront of the mental health movement providing support, education and advocacy to ensure people get the care they need and deserve. Stay tuned for 40th anniversary recognition on nami.org, and help us reflect on our history and grassroots by sharing your well wishes, memories, shout outs or photos at NAMI40@nami.org.

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