Who We Are
NAMI Washtenaw is a local affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by a mental health condition.
What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
What We Do
NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work:
We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.
We advocate. NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental health conditions and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states.
We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine, run by NAMI national, allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.
We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.
NAMI WC Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We actively invite and pursue diversity among our stakeholders, program leaders, board members, volunteers, and staff. We see diversity, equity, and inclusion as connected to our mission and critical to the well-being of the NAMI alliance we serve. As part of that mission to support, educate and advocate for people who live with mental health conditions and their families and friends, we strive to eliminate discrimination and advance equity in health care, including mental health care, housing, employment, criminal justice, and support service delivery.
NAMI Washtenaw strongly denounces racism in all its forms, for its negative psychological, social, educational, and economic effects, and supports public policy to eliminate the mental health disparities perpetuated by racism and racial discrimination.