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Who We Are

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 hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

What We Do

NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work:

We educate: We offer a monthly educational meeting with talks on many subjects relevant to mental illness and also things that effect us in the community. We also educate in the community with In Our Own Voice presentations, speeches given by people in various stages of recovery which helps to end stigma and educate on what real mental illness looks like.   

We advocate: We provide a voice for the mentally ill in our community to advocate for our needs here in our area so that our needs are being met. Like the installation of the Crisis Center. We worked hard to make our voices heard so that the community knew that there was indeed a nead for that installation.

We listen: We hold weekly support group where you can share your story, and be heard and begin to find healing and recovery. Our board can help find resources in the community if you are new to the area and don't know where to begin. Send us an email on our contact page.

We lead: We run groups, we speak in the community, help out peers who are struggling, and make a difference in the community. We also train people to run groups, become speakers for In Our Own Voice, and train people to do Family to Family giving those with mental illnesses the opportunity to make a difference in their communities and in their lives.

Resources:

NAMI National

NAMI Idaho

Kootenai Behavioral Health

Region 1 Mental Health Coeur d' Alene

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255)