NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.
Members of NAMI are families, friends, and people living with mental illnesses such as major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder.
NAMI members and friends work to fulfill the organization’s mission of providing support, education, and advocacy.
I attend meetings of NAMI Pomona Valley. At the monthly meetings, I pick up information that helps me care for my wife and, more important, gives me hope. Both Elizabeth and I have benefited from the resources I’ve discovered at NAMI meetings.
At the last meeting, I picked up a pamphlet that clearly and simply explains schizophrenia and its treatment, information on a nonprofit that could care for my wife should I die before her, a list of prescription drug resources, and updates on the NAMI Walks.
At meetings, I’m also around people who are experiencing the same challenges and joys as I am in living with someone with mental illness.
NAMI’s website is www.nami.org. The NAMI hotline is (800) 950-6264.