|Description of Agency||NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has more than 220,000 consumer and family members who seek equitable services for people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders. Working on the national, state, and local levels, NAMI provides education about mental illness, supports increased funding for research, and advocates for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with serious psychiatric illnesses.NAMI offers educational meetings, family and consumer support groups, advocacy activities, and information and advice about treatment and community resources through a network of 1,200 state and local affiliates in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and American Samoa. NAMI provides up-to-date, scientific information through a quarterly newsletter, a toll-free helpline, an award-winning web site, an annual convention, and an annual Mental Illness Awareness Week campaign. At federal, state, and local levels, NAMI demands improved services for people with serious brain disorders, such as greater access to treatment and better health insurance coverage. NAMI actively supports increased federal and private funding for research into causes and treatments of serious brain disorders.
From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. For three decades, NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment and unceasing belief in NAMI's mission by grassroots advocates have produced profound changes. NAMI's greatest strength is the dedication of our grassroots leaders and members. We are the families, friends and individuals that serve to strengthen communities across the country. Due in large part to generous individual, corporate, and foundation donations, NAMI is able to build on its success and continue to focus on three cornerstones of activity that offer hope, reform, and health to our American community: Awareness, Education, and Advocacy.