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ABOUT NAMI MARYLAND

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Maryland's Voice on Mental Illness

 

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 mental illness. The NAMI organization operates at the national, state and local level.

 

NAMI Maryland is the NAMI state organization in Maryland. NAMI Maryland provides educational resources and events, statewide outreach, advocacy and affiliate organizational support. NAMI Maryland provides the free trainings that allow NAMI affiliates to provide NAMI programs.

 

Local NAMI affiliates in Maryland offer free peer support, education and outreach programs, and engage mental health advocates in their communities.

 

National NAMI provides strategic direction for the entire organization, support to NAMI's state and affiliate members, and engages in advocacy, education and leadership development nationally. 

 

 

Our passion and promise.

It is our core principle that empowering family members and consumers is a critical factor in recovery, and a potent force in providing community education and bringing about systemic change. NAMI Maryland is a unifying voice and a skilled provider of knowledge and skills at the grassroots level. NAMI Maryland promises to work to build better lives for Marylanders affected by mental illness.

 

Our people.

NAMI Maryland encompasses a strong statewide network of more than 20,000 families, individuals, community-based organizations and service providers. These members and supporters are the face and voice of the NAMI Maryland movement--families, individuals, friends and businesses--who come together to celebrate mental illness recovery, to honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness and to combat stigma, promote awareness and advocate for others.

 

Our work.

We provide public education workshops, teleconferences on specific issues, and carry out an ongoing campaign and public policy agenda to improve mental health services throughout the state, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and support effective treatment and recovery programs.

 

Our mission.

The mission of NAMI Maryland is to improve the quality of life for individuals with severe mental illnesses and their families. We are dedicated to providing education, support and advocacy for persons with mental illnesses, their families and the wider community.

 

Financial contributions allow NAMI to offer an array of programs, initiatives and activities in support of the NAMI mission.