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The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization, established in 1979, for mental health clients and their families as a self-help organization dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy to anyone affected by persistent biologically based brain disorders.
There are 220,000 NAMI members nationwide with 1200 affiliates throughout the nation. NAMI Clark, Greene & Madison Counties, Ohio is a chapter of NAMI Ohio joining around 60 other state affiliates. The state coalition represents an important link in efforts to improve the quality of life for those with mental illness by implementing and integrating services and policies determined at the state level.
Brain disorders are real diseases causing disturbances in feeling, relating or thinking. These illnesses do not discriminate, affecting people of all ages, races, cultures and socioeconomic classes.
The mission of NAMI is to eradicate mental illness and to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from these no-fault brain disorders. The mission of NAMI Clark, Greene and Madison Counties is to provide hope and improve the quality of life for those in our area whose lives are affected by serious mental illness by providing information and referrals, education, support and active community outreach. And while we're at it, we'll do our best to scrub out the stigma commonly associated with mental illness.