About NAMI | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

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. The NAMI organization operates at the national, state and local level.

NAMI Washington is the NAMI state organization in Washington. NAMI Washington provides educational resources and events, statewide outreach, advocacy and affiliate organizational support. NAMI Washington provides the free trainings that allow NAMI affiliates to provide NAMI programs.

Local NAMI affiliates in Washington offer free peer support, education and outreach programs, and engage mental health advocates in their communities.

National NAMI provides strategic direction for the entire organization, support to NAMI's state and affiliate members, and engages in advocacy, education and leadership development nationally.

Our passion and promise.

It is our core principle that empowering family members and consumers is a critical factor in recovery, and a potent force in providing community education and bringing about systemic change. NAMI Washington is a unifying voice and a skilled provider of knowledge and skills at the grassroots level. NAMI Washington promises to work to build better lives for Washingtonians affected by mental illness.

Our people.

NAMI Washington encompasses a strong statewide network of families, individuals, community-based organizations and service providers. These members and supporters are the face and voice of the NAMI Washington movement--families, individuals, friends and businesses--who come together to celebrate mental illness recovery, to honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness and to combat stigma, promote awareness and advocate for others.

Our work.

We provide public education workshops, teleconferences on specific issues, and carry out an ongoing campaign and public policy agenda to improve mental health services throughout the state, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and support effective treatment and recovery programs.

Our mission.

The mission of NAMI Washington is to improve the quality of life of all affected by mental illness. We are dedicated to providing education, support and advocacy for persons with mental illnesses, their families and the wider community.

Financial contributions allow NAMI to offer an array of programs, initiatives and activities in support of the NAMI mission.