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CFD: National Alliance on Mental Illness

“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.  We provide education, support, and advocacy for those living with mental health conditions, their loves ones, and the community at large.

Our local affiliate, NAMI Thurston/Mason; is an all volunteer organization and services are provided at no cost to participants.

We offer a variety of programs for peers, family members and youth.

  1. Family-to-Familyis a 12-session education course designed for family members who are caring for a loved one with mental illness.
  2. NAMI HomeFront is a new program launched in 2014 aimed at assisting the loved ones of our service members. There is an online option for this program.
  3. NAMI Basics is an educational program specifically for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents experiencing mental health challenges.
  4. Provider Educationintroduces mental health professional to the unique perspectives of individuals living with mental illness and their families.
  5. Family Support Groupis available to all friends, family and advocates on a drop in basis, at multiple locations and times.
  6. Connection Recovery Support Group is a peer-facilitated, recovery-based support group for those living with mental illness, also available on a drop in basis.
  7. Peer-to-Peeris a 10-week program for people living with mental illness that focuses on recovery and stability.

Our “In Our Own Voice” program gives many people including people living with mental health struggles, community members, students, police and mental health organizations the opportunity to hear personal stories of people living with mental illness and their journeys of recovery.

Two of NAMI’s newest programs target youth,

  1. Ending the Silence and Parents & Teachers as Allies.Ending the Silence is a 50-minute presentation given by a youth peer and a family member in the classroom setting;
  2. Parents and Teachers as Allies empower teachers and school personnel to make a lasting difference in the lives of their students.

We offer periodic public forums and meet with our state legislators yearly to lobby for services and laws that improve the lives of those living with mental health conditions.

In any given year, one in five adults in the US is affected by a mental health condition.

Donations to NAMI Thurston/Mason go to educational mental health classes, support groups, and other important programs in our local community. “Your donations make our work possible!”

NAMI Thurston-Mason – info@namitm.org CFD Charity Code#  315714

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