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Quarterly Mission Partner


What is NAMI?

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.

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 more than 500 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

NAMI Southeast Wisconsin is a local affiliate of NAMI. This means that NAMI Southeast Wisconsin is able to offer NAMI’s evidence based, signature programs for individuals and families impacted by mental health conditions at no cost. NAMI Southeast Wisconsin is an independent nonprofit organization from NAMI that does not receive any monetary support from NAMI

What does NAMI Do?

NAMI educates.

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.

NAMI advocates.

NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states. To learn more about advocacy, please visit:

NAMI listens.

Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.

NAMI Leads.

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.

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