Our History

Founded in 1979, NAMI today works to achieve equitable services and treatment for more than 15 million Americans living with severe mental illnesses and their families. 

Hundreds of thousands of volunteers participate in more than one thousand local affiliates and fifty state organizations to provide education and support, combat stigma, support increased funding for research, and advocate for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with mental illnesses and their families. 

Our mission

Our mission is to provide support, education, advocacy, and resources to those who suffer from neurobiological brain disorders – including their families. 

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Our Vision


We believe in the possibility of recovery, wellness and the potential in all of us.


We embrace diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.


We promote confidence, self-efficacy and service to our mission.


We practice respect, kindness and empathy.


We fight for equity and justice.


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