With organizations and affiliates in every state, NAMI effectively provides advocacy, research, support, and education about serious mental illness. Members of NAMI include consumers, families and friends of people living with mental illnesses, mental health providers, students, educators, law enforcement, public officials, politicians, members of faith communities, and concerned citizens.
When NAMI San Francisco was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency in 1983 it was known as the San Francisco Alliance for Mental Illness. The monthly newsletter and Family Support Line were created in the 1980s and we also started holding monthly meeting sat the Family Service Agency at that time.
In 1996, the first NAMI San Francisco members were trained and began providing Family-to-Family education classes. Two prior NAMI San Francisco Presidents went on to serve as President of NAMI California. The first San Francisco Bay Area NAMI Walk (benefiting the seven Bay Area affiliates) was held in 2005 and set a national record by raising more than $269,000.
Today, NAMI San Francisco depends on the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers to provide a telephone Help Line, education programs, support groups, as a well as a quarterly newsletter, and monthly general education meeting.
Promote the empowerment of consumers and their loved ones to pursue wellness in their lives as they define it and to advocate for themselves within the mental health system and in the design of their treatment plan/health maintenance plan.
Work towards achieving unified delivery of mental health services, easily accessible to all, in the place of the existing multifarious, disjointed and over-complicated systems.
Advocate for public understanding and acceptance of mental illnesses as no different from physical illnesses and disability, thereby removing stigma.