Who We Are
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.
What We Do
NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work:
We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.
We advocate. NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states. At the local level, NAMI staff and board members serve on committees and taskforces to ensure that Bucks County’s voice on mental illness is heard and clearly understood.
We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many. Call the toll-free NAMI HelpLine 1-866-399-NAMI (6264) for information and referral. The NAMI HelpLine is staffed 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week message line. Our weekly support groups also provide a place to be heard by peers.
We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and the NAMI Bucks County Stride for Mental Health Awareness, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.
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.