NAMI San Francisco is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Established in 1983, NAMI SF provides support and education to individuals with mental illness and their families. With the assistance of over 100 volunteers we are able to reach over 20,000 people a year.
Each month, speakers are invited to address issues related to living with a mental health condition. Topics include, but are not limited to, advances in research, alternative treatments, and new technology.
Lectures are held on the third Tuesday of every month at St. Francis Memorial Hospital, 900 Hyde Street, in Lower Level Room C. Come from 5:30-6:30pm for light snacks and socializing, and 6:30-8:00pm for the presentation.
Learn practical skills to help a loved one or manage your own recovery. Topics have included Mindfulness and Stress Management, Understanding Social Security Disability, and Establishing a Special Needs Trust.
Workshops are free for NAMI members.
NAMI volunteers bring peer-led programs to a wide variety of community settings, from churches to schools to NAMI Affiliates. With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these programs provide outstanding free education, skills training and support.
Peer led support groups meet weekly throughout the city. We offer groups for individuals living with a mental health condition, caregivers and friends (in English, Spanish, and Cantonese) and Siblings.
Keep up to date on NAMI SF events and updates. Members on our mailing list are the first to know!
“NAMI SF has provided me with a group of peers, and friends that relate to my experience. It has allowed me not only to help others in the community, but in the process help me heal. Speaking to students in classrooms about lived experiences has made a dramatic impact on my life. It has given me public speaking confidence, and also has enabled me to move past insecurities I had about sharing my story.”
“The biggest reason to get involved is self-discovery and recovery. The more a person gets involved with mental health awareness, the more that person finds out about himself through introspection and volunteer efforts. If you’re looking for a way to improve your mental health, the best thing you can do is get involved in an organization like NAMI-SF. You will not only learn more about your mental health condition and stigma than you ever thought possible, you will be compelled to reach out to others who many have a mental health condition to let them know that they can also live successfully with a mental health condition. Once you begin this process, nothing will ever stop you from seeing it all the way through to the finish line. You will never cease to make this world a better and more informed place.
I fully came out about my mental health condition. I wasn’t afraid to talk about it. In fact, I wanted to share it with others to educate them. I am no longer afraid of being stigmatized or judged for my illness.”