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About Us

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.​

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 alliance 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.

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.

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 dimensions 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.

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