About NAMI Bucks County, PA
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. NAMI is Bucks County’s voice on mental health.
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.
NAMI Bucks County PA is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through recovery-focused support, education and advocacy.
NAMI envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.
Hope. We believe in the possibility of recovery, wellness and the potential in all of us.
Inclusion. We embrace diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.
Empowerment. We promote confidence, self-efficacy and service to our mission.
Compassion. We practice respect, kindness and empathy.
Fairness. We fight for equity and justice.
What We Do
NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work:
We educate. Offered free of charge to anyone in Bucks County, our education programs ensure families, individuals, educators, and community leaders get the support and information they need.
We advocate. NAMI shapes public policy and opportunities for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in Bucks County.
We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to thousands of requests each year, providing free information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.
We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Health Awareness Month and the Stride for Mental Health Awareness, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with the media and local officials to make sure our county understands how important mental health is.
For 40 years, NAMI has been a beacon of help and hope, fighting for more research, better education, bolder advocacy, and broader public awareness. Today, as we enter our fifth decade, the NAMI 2020-2025 Strategic Plan holds fast to these commitments—it is a bridge between our rich history and future opportunities, building on the progress we have achieved over the last four decades and focusing that momentum towards intentional goals to accelerate the mental health movement and maximize our impact.
*In addition to state and local affiliates in the United States, NAMI has affiliates in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and American Samoa, and has helped start sister organizations in Australia, Italy, Japan, and the Ukraine.