About NAMI Skagit
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. Founded in 1979 in Madison, Wisconsin, NAMI began when two mothers came together to advocate for better mental health services for their adult sons and opposing the idea that they were to blame for their sons’ psychiatric disorders. Since that time NAMI has grown to include thousands of volunteers–people living with mental illness, family members, friends and other advocates–who are the face and voice of the NAMI movement. Through outreach, education, advocacy and research, we work together to combat stigma, promote awareness, enhance access to quality treatment services and assistance, and to support and celebrate the process of recovery for ourselves, our family members, and our friends. NAMI has more than 950 affiliates in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
NAMI Skagit is a part of this organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for persons with mental illness (called consumers or peers) and their families within Skagit County.
We provide support by offering support groups and classes where families or peers can get to know each other. We provide education by offering classes like Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, and NAMI Basics. Peers present their story to the community through the “In Our Own Voice” program, and the “Next Generation” program presentations to our area schools so our youth can learn about mental illness. A couple of times a year there is a presentation for the community at large to join and learn about how mental illness affects our lives. There is also a newsletter for our members to receive. Through these programs, families or peers can meet people who have gone through similar experiences, and get the support and advocacy they need.
Links to other NAMI websites include:
NAMI National at http://www.nami.org
NAMI Washington at http://namiwa.org