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Our Vision & History

Our Vision

NAMI envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.


Mission Statement

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.



  • Hope – We believe in the possibility of recovery, wellness and the potential in all of us.

  • Inclusion – We embrace diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.

  • Empowerment – We promote confidence, self-efficacy and service to our mission.

  • Compassion – We practice respect, kindness and empathy.

  • Fairness – We fight for equity and justice.

NAMI is 40 Years Strong

For 40 years, NAMI has been a beacon of help and hope, fighting for more research, better education, bolder advocacy, and broader public awareness. As we enter our fifth decade, the NAMI 2020- 2025 Strategic Plan holds fast to these commitments— it is a bridge between our rich history and future opportunities, building on the progress we have achieved over the last four decades and focusing that momentum towards intentional goals to accelerate the mental health movement and maximize our impact.

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