What’s NAMI ?
Founded in 1979, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today works to achieve equitable services and treatment for more than 15 million Americans and their families living with severe mental illnesses. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers participate in more than one thousand local affiliates and fifty state organizations to provide education and support to combat stigma, to support increased funding for research, and to advocate for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with mental illnesses.
NAMI Northside Atlanta is a family-based, grassroots, support and advocacy organization. Started in 1985 by five families, NAMI Northside is a local affiliate of NAMI Georgia. With an active membership of approximately 175 families in 2005, we are the parents, children, spouses, siblings, treatment professionals, and friends of persons with severe mental illnesses, and we believe in recovery. We are working together to build better lives for our loved ones. Learning about brain disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and obsessive compulsive disorders enables us to see these diseases like other medical illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer. This information improves our ability to work with our family members and friends towards their (and our) recovery.
NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all who are affected by these diseases through:
ADVOCACY * EDUCATION * RESEARCH * SUPPORT