This week we are continuing our website review series with a review of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website.
About National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness was started in 1979 and remains the largest grassroots mental health organization in the United States. NAMI describes their vision in this way “NAMI envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.” Today, the alliance consists of over 600 local affiliates and 49 state organizations who work in the community to raise awareness and provide support and education that may have not been previously available to those in need.
About the National Alliance on Mental Illness Website
Through their website, NAMI provides support and information to individuals, educators, and families. Some of these resources include education and community support, video resource library, podcasts and webinars, mental health education, support groups, and criminal justice resources.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Resources
As we listed above, NAMI provides a vast amount of resources and education on their website. We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a few that we believe are especially beneficial:
- Support Groups: NAMI hosts support groups for those who are living with mental health concerns and their caregivers.
- Public Policy: The alliance uses their influence to advocate for public policies for those with mental illnesses and their caregivers. They also provide volunteer leaders with resources and skills to advocate for these policies as well.
- Frontline Worker Support: NAMI provides incredible support to professionals who serve the public as frontline workers including healthcare providers, law enforcement personnel, and emergency services providers. They provide techniques to build resilience, support for family members, information on signs/symptoms of mental health concerns, and help identify and provide wellness resources to help these professionals maintain their mental health.
- Helpline: Through their helplines, NAMI responds to over 100,000 requests each year. The helplines provide a way for NAMI to offer free information and support. The helpline is available Monday-Friday from 10AM until 10PM, and it can be reached in any of the following ways:
- Call: 1-800-950-6264
- Text: 62640
- Chat: nami.org/help
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a great resource for both mental health support and information. Come back next week for the next website review in our series!
To read previous reviews:
- Website Review: American Psychological Association
- Website Review: Mental Health America
- Website Review: National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Website Review: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Website Review: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Website Review: Association for Psychological Science
This review was written by Steve Clevenger, LPC – a mental health professional at Garrett Counseling in Albertville, AL.